"On September 5, 2018, the applicants submitted a substantially revised network engineering model", Lawrence said.
In a letter to the two telecom companies, David Lawrence, head of the FCC task force reviewing the merger, noted the FCC only recently received documents that explain the modeling T-Mobile and Sprint are relying on to bolster their case. The Commission did not receive Build 9, and third parties did not have access to it, until September 5.
T-Mobile, the fastest-growing of the four major USA wireless companies thanks to low prices and features such as free video, needs approval from the FCC and Justice Department for the Sprint deal.
What just happened? The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint will take a bit longer to get the green light from the FCC. The combined company has claimed, among other things, that it will have an edge over its competitors as it builds out a 5G network. Build 9 therefore requires further review.
The $26 billion deal between the two U.S. wireless carriers, which would shrink the wireless market to three big players from four, is also being reviewed by the U.S. Justice Department. Considering the complexity and potential importance of these newly-provided and expected models, it is appropriate to stop the informal 180-day clock to allow time for their review. "The Commission will decide whether to extend the deadline for reply comments after receiving the remainder of the Applicants' modeling submissions".
T-Mobile John Legere and Sprint's Marcelo Claure at the press conference announcing the merger. "We are confident that this transaction is pro-competitive, good for the country and good for American consumers, and we look forward to continuing to work with the FCC as they evaluate our plans".