But there finally is some good news for Dish and its embattled CEO. According to published reports, the satellite content provider is about to be declared the winner of a government auction of H-Block spectrum. The price is $1.56 billion, according to a source, and the purchase will make Dish the fifth largest holder of spectrum. The source also added that the victory for Dish is a big loss for Sprint. Dish now can decide to turn itself into a wireless carrier, lease the spectrum to a third party, or turn around and sell it for a short term profit.
On Wednesday, Ergen also said that he would not interfere if Sprint were to make a bid for T-Mobile. U.S. regulators have already revealed their wariness toward letting such a transaction go through. But the banks have the financing in place, and according to Ergen, all Sprint and T-Mobile need to do is work out a break-up fee before starting on the long journey that would see the third largest carrier in the U.S. gobble up number four. Having Dish in the wings waiting to start up a new wireless business might make it easier for a Sprint-T-Mobile deal to pass muster with U.S. regulatory agencies.
source: NYPost, WSJ