So much for the wireless duopoly: the Department of Justice has announced they will move to block the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile on anti-competitive grounds. Normally this sort of thing gets under my skin, but in this case it may have some merit. Recently there was a leaked document (http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Leaked-ATT-Letter-Demolishes-Case-For-TMobile-Merger-115652) that made it blatantly clear that AT&T’s rationale for the deal was nonsense (increasing coverage, additional investment in infrastructure): they want to reduce competition.
So despite the daunting challenges of merging a CDMA/WiMax shop with a GSM/HSPA one, I boldly predict Dan Hesse over at Sprint is licking his chops at the prospect of taking out T-Mobile and becoming the third dominant carrier in the US. Can’t wait to watch the fireworks!