Telecom giants Sprint and T-Mobile announced a post-merger plan on Wednesday that they say will add about 1,000 new jobs in the Kansas City area.
The companies pledged to build five new customer service centers around the country once their proposed merger is complete, creating an estimated total of 5,600 jobs, according to a news release.
The companies chose Overland Park, Kansas, as the first of these sites. The center will be added to the existing Sprint headquarters campus there.
Wednesday’s announcement comes amid renewed scrutiny of the $26.5 billion deal that would consolidate two of the largest wireless carriers in the U.S. On Monday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint Chairman Marcelo Claure agreed to testify at another Congressional hearing on Feb. 13, this time before a Democrat-controlled House, Bloomberg reports.
The two executives previously testified before a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate last June.
Since it was announced last April, the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has drawn criticism centered around potential job losses. A top telecom union voiced concerns last August over the deal, claiming it would erase 28,000 jobs, including 4,500 at the companies’ headquarters.