About the only long-term uncertainty surrounding T-Mobile US is which other company eventually will move to acquire it. If the most fundamental decision a company can make is whether it is a strategic seller or buyer, Deutsche Telekom is a strategic seller, having indicated years ago its intention to exit the U.S, market.
A future secondary consideration is whether an eventual buyer itself is a strategic buyer or seller. Some would consider Dish Network, a potential T-Mobile US buyer, as itself an eventual strategic seller.
And though, as the adage has it, “at the right price every asset is for sale,” many other potential buyers are strategic acquirers. That would include any number of application firms or Comcast.
Deutsche Telekom says it will consider any partner that can improve profitability at T-Mobile US.
"But it is our duty to go on improving the return on T-Mobile US," he added. "If we find a partner who will help us to do so, we will obviously consider it," said Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Hoettges.