Regulators in the US state of California have ruled that Deutsche Telekom-owned mobile operator T-Mobile made ‘false and misleading statements’ to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in order to get its merger with Sprint approved.
In particular, the ruling stated that misled the CPUC over the company’s plans for Sprint’s legacy CDMA network.
The origin of the investigation came following complaints from rival telco Dish, which said that the new company was going back on statements it made under oath.
During the merger process – which was approved in mid-2020 – T-Mobile stated that it would shut down Sprint’s 3G CDMA network over a three-year process. T-Mobile however would later go on to announce plans to decommission the network on January 1, 2022 – over a year ahead of the promised date.