Now that Sprint has reportedly discontinued attempts to merge with T-Mobile, it's worth taking a look at the reasons behind Sprint's desire to form a deal with the nation's No. 4 carrier--and, more importantly, who else may wish to ink a deal with T-Mobile now that Sprint is out of the picture.
A Dish Network executive said the company will begin a trial of fixed wireless broadband service with Sprint within a month. Dish launched a similar pilot with Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless in Virginia during June and expanded the service availability in July.
Dish Network sees video as the killer app for the wireless business, an industry it has every intention of entering, and it will not sell its accrued spectrum unless it fails to gain a toehold, according to Charlie Ergen, Dish chairman.
According to published reports, T-Mobile US and parent Deutsche Telekom are poised to reject Iliad's $15 billion bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile because it's too small. However, a Reuters report said Iliad is working with Dish Network, Cox Communications, Charter Communications and others to improve its offer for the "uncarrier."
Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen appears to have settled a long-simmering dispute with hedge fund operator Phil Falcone over the bankrupt wireless networking company LightSquared.
The complicated, litigious narrative triangle between Charlie Ergen, hedge funder Phil Falcone and bankrupt wireless company LightSquared has entered the next courtroom-fueled chapter, with Falcone's Harbinger Capital suing Ergen and his Dish Network for $1.5 billion.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has told the FCC to reject the proposed mega-merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
What will Charlie Ergen and Dish Network do with all of that spectrum? As Dish's competitors attempt to consolidate all around it, that is the essential question posed in a Monday B arron's report, which casts Dish's chairman as a patient, wily poker player, biding his time as his rivals frantically over-play their hands.
Now that AT&T's bid to acquire DirecTV is official, and the FCC's rules for the spectrum screen and the 600 MHz auction are finalized, the merger-and-acquisition landscape in the wireless industry is now much, much clearer. Specifically, the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US appears significantly more daunting, and a Verizon purchase of Dish Network's spectrum appears somewhat more likely.
In a move that directly reflects Comcast's $45 billion acquisition bid for Time Warner Cable, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has reportedly reached out to DirecTV CEO Mike White about merging the two satellite services.