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AT&T CEO weighs in on Sprint/T-Mobile deal

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson face in closeup
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. Photo: Asa Mathat for Vox Media

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says T-Mobile's deal to buy Sprint faces an "uphill battle" but said it may succeed where his own efforts to buy T-Mobile failed.

Stephenson, speaking at the Code Conference, said he hasn't taken a stand personally on the deal. But he noted that, although it is a classic horizontal merger of two competitors, the landscape has shifted considerably since AT&T tried to buy T-Mobile back in 2011.