Oct 2nd, 2012 publishUpdated   Dec 19th, 2012, 3:15 pm

T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that talks are in progress to merge their US division with smaller regional carrier MetroPCS in an effort to bolster their position as the number four ranked service provider in the country. While discussions sound as though they are progressing in towards a final deal, DT said, “the conclusion of the transaction is still not certain.”

The German telecom company’s move to spur their US business comes a year after they hoped to exit the market altogether with a proposed $39 billion sale to AT&T. If and when the merger with MetroPCS is finalized, it should give the carrier the resources to challenge Sprint as the number three provider in the US, as well as offer a competitive edge over smaller competing networks such as Leap Wireless.

[via Reuters]

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