… ON SPRINT CORP.’S PLANNED MERGER WITH NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS INC.
“This creates three big wireless competitors carrying about 75 percent of the traffic, which is very helpful. Three major carriers can help keep prices low for customers, expenses lower for the companies and innovation high.”
independent analyst Jeff Kagan
“Assuming this merger is approved by the authorities (and this seems likely), it is probably the last mega-merger in the U.S. mobile market. It is hard to imagine regulators approving any further major consolidation in a market with three such dominant players.
Ovum analyst Jan Dawson
“The two companies’ complementary customer bases and focus areas - and Sprint’s next-generation network - will enable Sprint Nextel to compete much more effectively in the long term against Verizon and Cingular than they could have separately.”
Gartner Inc. news analysis