Dish Network May Set Sights on T-Mobile as Next Acquisition Target
NEWS ANALYSIS: Dish Network might be preparing to test Deutsche Telekom's resolve to keep its majority stake in T-Mobile for the promised 18 months.
Late in the final week of June 2013, the long-running soap opera of the Sprint-SoftBank merger was finally over. Dish Networks finally caved and withdrew from its attempt to buy Clearwire out from under Sprint in a June 26 announcement. This Dish disclosure followed a previous move terminating Dish's attempt to buy Sprint itself.
In the wake of these Dish announcements, there are indications that the Federal Communication Commission is about to approve the transfer of the Clearwire spectrum to Sprint in its entirety. That transfer will be the final part of the Sprint-Clearwire merger, and likely will happen shortly before Spring and SoftBank merge. Now that Dish has left the picture, there doesn't seem to be anything standing in the way of closing that deal.
But that leaves Dish without a wireless company, something that Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen has said is a corporate priority. Could it be that Ergen has already started eyeing T-Mobile? Chances are pretty good that Ergen cast his eyes on T-Mobile as soon as Sprint spurned Dish's offer. In fact, Ergen approached Deutsche Telekom about buying T-Mobile in April, but was sent packing.
1 HR34-700, 1 C31-700, 1 HR24-500
Original install on April 20, 2008 - HR34 & C31 installed on August 24, 2013 - HR24 installed on July 23, 2010
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