As American Tower reported strong second quarter earnings Wednesday, executives said they expect the pending merger between Sprint and T-Mobile will likely have a positive impact on the tower company’s U.S. business long-term, even if the pair decommissions macro cell sites.
“While there may be some decommissioning of sites as the new T-Mobile optimizes its network and rolls out 5G, we would also expect significant demand from the combined company for our expansive U.S. portfolio during that process and well into the future,” said American Tower CEO and president Jim Taiclet speaking on the company’s second-quarter earnings call.
T-Mobile and Sprint still face legal challenges to their $26.5 billion merger, but if approved, the recently announced settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice includes provisions to set Dish Network up as a fourth national wireless competitor.
Taiclet noted that Dish’s plan to acquire Sprint’s prepaid business and its commitment to deploy a facilities-based 5G broadband network capable of serving 70% of the U.S. population by 2023 also provide an opportunity.
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