By Reuters
December 6, 2017

U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile U.S. said on Wednesday its board authorized a buyback program, its first-ever, for up to $1.5 billion of the company’s common stock.

The announcement comes a month after CFO Braxton Carter said the company would propose a “significant” share repurchase, a signal that the third biggest carrier in the United States is confident in its outlook after the collapse of deal talks with Sprint (s).

Deutsche Telekom AG, which owns about 64% in T-Mobile (tmus), also plans to purchase additional shares, T-Mobile said on Wednesday.

The issue of control was one of several deal-breakers in the T-Mobile-Sprint talks.

By participating in a buyback Deutsche Telekom would concentrate its T-Mobile holding, strengthening its hand in any future merger talks.

The stock repurchase program would take place through Dec. 31, 2018, T-Mobile said on Wednesday.

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