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T-Mobile, Sprint merger wins US security clearance

T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. received approval for their merger from two U.S. national security reviews.

The carriers said Dec. 17 that the deal was cleared by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. and Team Telecom, which includes the departments of justice, homeland security and defense.

Team Telecom, in its filing to the Federal Communications Commission, said it had no objections to the merger after reviewing aspects related to national security, law enforcement and public safety. A request to delay action on the deal was also withdrawn.

"These approvals assure the strong partnership both companies have with the U.S. government will continue with the new T-Mobile," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.

U.S. security clearance for the transaction was expected this week after T-Mobile's majority owner, Deutsche Telekom AG and Sprint parent, SoftBank Group Corp. agreed to consider curbing the use of equipment from China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

The completion of the merger is still subject to regulatory and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to occur during the first half of 2019.