DISH contends that the hold is necessary since it is competing with Sprint to acquire Clearwire, of which Sprint has long held a majority stake. Shortly after the announcement to be acquired by SoftBank, Sprint was infused with cash from a convertible bond redeemable to SoftBank. Sprint used that money to regain a majority share in Clearwire and a short while later, Sprint announced its intent to buy the remainder of the struggling operation to the tune of $2.97 per share.
That deal was likely as good as done despite whatever protests from minority shareholders until DISH then tendered a competing bid which equaled $3.30 per share. Now, DISH has filed with the FCC arguing that the Sprint-SoftBank deal should be put on hold while the Clearwire deal is also under consideration.
If the Sprint acquisition of Clearwire were to unravel, it would be interesting to see what impact it might have on SoftBank’s plans, since it is well known that Clearwire’s spectrum was a desired component of SoftBank’s strategy.
sources: FCC (PDF) via Phonescoop