In an interview at Re/code’s Washington, D.C., bureau on Tuesday, Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son lambasted the Internet service currently available to U.S. consumers as “horrible” — way too slow and way too costly — even the Internet service offered currently by his own company, the nation’s No. 3 wireless carrier. But he said he could fix that, if the Obama administration were to allow Sprint to merge with No. 4 carrier T-Mobile. He said that such a merger — which he stressed hasn’t been agreed to — would allow the combined company to gain enough scale to install new technology nationally that he claimed would offer speeds up to 10x current levels in homes.

Famous for his unvarnished statements, Son was in Washington as part of a campaign to build support for such a merger. His aim during the visit was to argue that by providing faster, cheaper service to homes and mobile devices, any merged entity wouldn’t only be competing with wireless giants AT&T and Verizon Wireless, but with entrenched cable and landline phone companies. (Cable giant Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which is a minority investor in this website.)

But it’s best to let the very determined, outspoken and passionate Son speak for himself, in the video below:



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Avaz23
Avaz23

Wasn't Sprint the company that apposed to AT&T acquiring T-Mobile a few years back? Now why do they want to merge with T-Mobile now? Doesn't anyone else see anything fishy going on here?

Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with Sprint merging with T-Mobile, but it just have a feeling that they just wanted T-Mobile all for themselves this whole time

jebworks
jebworks

Totally with Son on this issue! He's hit the nail on the head. Remember he shook up the Japanese marketplace with Softbank. Hope he succeeds agains the lobbyist supported duopoly in DC. We deserve a much better experience and at lower cost too. Can't wait to switch!

Joe Cogan
Joe Cogan

Wow Walt...  Great interview.  I really love this guy!!  I hope he's successful in his vision for Sprint.  Is there any way we can help get his bid for T-Mo jumpstarted?  I'm in...

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