• Deutsche Telekom AG, owner of T-Mobile USA, Inc., announced last week that it had agreed to acquire control of MetroPCS Communications, Inc. The combined company will retain the T-Mobile name. Following the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will hold a 74% equity stake in the combined company, with MetroPCS shareholders owning the remainder. Break-up fees are reported to range from $150 million to $250 million if the transaction is not completed, but unlike the failed attempt by AT&T, Inc. to take over T-Mobile last year, little resistance from regulators is expected. Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS stated that the merged entity “will have expanded scale, spectrum and financial resources to aggressively compete with other national U.S. carriers.” They stated that the combined company’s subscriber total to about 42.5 million subscribers with combined annual revenue of $25 billion. They expect to complete the transaction in the first half of 2013.