Report: T-Mobile-MetroPCS deal could be made as early as Wednesday

Summary:Deutsche Telekom is reviewing a "sweeter bid" for U.S. wireless carrier MetroPCS, according to a new report.


German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom is reviewing a "sweeter bid" for U.S. wireless carrier MetroPCS, and could announce a deal as early as Wednesday, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The deal could be improved by reducing the amount of debt transferred to the new company, according to the Journal's Archibald Preuschat and Thomas Gryta. The new report contradicts a Deutsche Telekom statement to FierceWireless last Thursday that denied a Reuters exclusive with the same news.

The he said, she said gyrations come as Deutsche Telekom faces considerable shareholder opposition to the terms of the proposed merger of its U.S. arm, T-Mobile USA, with MetroPCS. That deal -- which has been approved by regulators -- offers MetroPCS shareholders approximately $4 per share in cash and a 26 percent stake in the combined company; the new entity would take on more than $20 billion in debt.

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Topics: Mobility


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