While the sale to AT&T is generally regarded as a good fit and a positive move for Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) -- as shown by the surge in the German operator's share price today -- the transaction is not expected to be completed until the first half of next year, which signifies a long legal and regulatory process. (See DT's Shares Rocket on AT&T Deal, What Happens to Sprint After AT&T/T-Mobile Merger? and Could AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Mean an HSPA+ iPhone?)
AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile would bring together the number two and number four players in the market, a combination that would make AT&T the largest operator in the U.S. with a (current) market share of 43 percent. That potential dominance has left industry and financial analysts wondering what kind of concessions the operators will have to make to get the deal approved.
Here's what analysts are saying so far about the U.S. wireless industry's mega-deal:
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile