Deutsche Telekom AG subsidiary T-Mobile USA will merge with MetroPCS Communications Inc., combining the United States' fourth- and sixth-largest wireless carriers, the companies said Wednesday. T-Mobile and MetroPCS said in a release the merger would “create the leading value carrier in the U.S. wireless marketplace” through a focus on customer experience, a wide range of devices and services, as well as “deeper network coverage and a clear-cut technology path to one common LTE network.” The deal will be completed through a combination of cash, stock and debt transactions, the companies said. The merged company will maintain the T-Mobile brand, the release said, adding that the transaction will “significantly accelerate” T-Mobile’s strategy to compete with the other national carriers in the U.S., including Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., and Sprint Nextel Inc. Deutsche Telekom attempted to sell its T-Mobile brand to AT&T last year. AT&T withdrew its takeover bid after facing regulatory hurdles and a legal challenge from the U.S. Justice Department. In research comments issued Wednesday, Mike Roberts, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, said the deal would give the combined company a U.S. wireless market share of between 10 and 13 per cent and a prepaid market share of 23 per cent. “T-Mobile USA has made it clear the deal is all about LTE, with the combined spectrum assets of the companies providing a path to 2 x 20MHz for LTE in many markets, double T-Mobile USA’s current plans for 2 x 10MHz for LTE,” Roberts said. The deal, which must receive shareholder and regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first half of 2013, the companies said.