Analyst Jeff Kagan Comments on Sprint Nextel Softbank Delay by DoJ and FCC

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 01, 2013

In a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article titled, DOJ Asks FCC to Defer Action on Softbank-Sprint Merger, the Department of Justice, FBI and the Department of Homeland Security asked the FCC to delay the Sprint Nextel Softbank merger to investigate national security issues.

There is concern that this acquisition could expose domestic US networks to Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE.

The following are comments on this by Tech Analyst Jeff Kagan.

“This move by the US Government was expected. It is what happens when a foreign company wants to acquire a US company. There are national security implications that need to be investigated before approval.” Says Jeff Kagan Wireless Analyst.

“Once satisfied, I believe the deal will be allowed to continue with the acquisition process at the FCC. This may have been expected, but it is still nerve wracking for both Sprint Nextel and Softbank.” Says Kagan.

According to Kagan, "The worry is since Softbank, a Japanese company Softbank works with Chinese phone makers, American networks could be exposed to Chinese spying."

“On one hand, this is nothing to be alarmed at right now since the deal has not yet been approved. This investigation was expected. At this point I would put the odds of a merger being approved at 50 - 50. After this investigation is complete we can re-evaluate depending what the results are.” Says Kagan.

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