Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, participated in an interview with Bloomberg earlier this week. Hesse has been extremely outspoken in his criticism of AT&T’s proposed buyout of T-Mobile, and for good reason: he believes that the merger will create a duopoly in the U.S. carrier market. Then again, he might just be trying to protect his company from becoming a distant third-place player, rendering them unable to compete.
When asked what he does in the companies’ mysterious “White Room,” Hesse admitted that his current target was blocking the buyout:
“Clearly, purely, we want to win and block the merger,” said Hesse, during an interview at the company’s Overland Park, Kansas headquarters. “This one poses real risks.”
Ever since AT&T announced their proposed buyout, the deal has faced opposition in both the FCC and the general tech press and public. If the deal does go through, it would put Sprint in a very distant third place, with Verizon in second and AT&T taking the top spot in mobile subscribers. It would also bolster AT&T’s plans for it’s LTE roll-out. In all, it’s hard to predict just what will happen, though at the moment the deal does seem likely to make it through the bureaucratic hurdles and the general disapproval from Sprint and the tech press.