T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. may sell some wireless spectrum to increase the chances of gaining the U.S. Department of Justice's approval for their merger, Bloomberg News reported May 30, citing sources.
Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc. met with regulators expressing their interest in acquiring the spectrum, but T-Mobile and Sprint are hoping to divest the airwaves to the U.S. government to help establish a fourth carrier, sources said.
An earlier report indicated that the DOJ is leaning toward rejecting the pending merger, despite concessions that the U.S. mobile operators have already announced.
Another regulator, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, has said he intends to approve the deal.
Sprint and T-Mobile recently extended the expected closing date of their proposed merger to July 29.