(S) may push back its merger talks with T-Mobile U.S., a unit of the German carrier, until later in the summer as it pursues a partnership with cable groups Charter Communications and Comcast Corp. That puts on hold on-again, off-again merger talks with T-Mobile US (TMUS) and puts pressure on Verizon Communications (VZ).
In its last quarterly report, published on May 11, Deutsche Telekom said that "due to the ongoing success of T-Mobile US", has 35.3 million post-paid customers, "generated an increase in adjusted EBITDA of 25.1 percent in the United States operating segment".
Either combination could be negative for Verizon.
The more likely scenario is the cable giants strike a deal that lets them resell services on Sprint's wireless network, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private.
The talks between Sprint, Charter and Comcast come as the cable and wireless industries are on a collision course that makes consolidation increasingly logical but also complex. The cable companies consider the service an important part of a communications bundle with TV, internet, and wired phone - especially after AT&T, the No. 2 wireless company, bought DirecTV. T-Mobile and Sprint, the third- and fourth-largest carriers by subscribers, have cut prices the most.
Analysts, however, also have suggested that negotiating a deal to combine Sprint and T-Mobile itself would be complex and not certain to work out.
A similar offering from Charter is due in 2018. Sprint made a run at a T-Mobile deal three years ago but stopped short of seeing approval in the face of nearly certain rejection by Washington. "The U.S.is bigger than our European business and our management there is fantastic", Tim Hoettges said.
"The conditions of the USA market are clearly better. The market is too regulated", Hoettges said. Mr. Roberts stole away Time Warner Cable from under Mr. Malone's nose in 2014, though regulators eventually threw up obstacles to Comcast completing its deal.