Son told Charlie Rose that he wants to be a true heavyweight in the mobile provider fight--which he can and will do, as long as the T-Mobile acquisition goes through. “We need a certain scale, but once we have enough scale to have a level fight, OK,” he said “It’s a three-heavyweight fight. If I can have a real fight, I go in a more massive price war, a technology war.”
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He also wants to upgrade our (frankly, rather pathetic) Internet infrastructure and push wireless broadband instead of cable--both of which are items that we sorely need.
According to Bloomberg, Son has done just that before, when he bought Vodafone Group’s Japan wing years ago, renamed it “SoftBank”, and substantially increased the carrier’s market share and user base.
It’s a tough proposition, then, a gamble that U.S. regulators have to make: Can they trust Son to make good on his word that having three more or less equal mobile competitors is better than having two smaller companies and two larger?