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If AT&T deal fails, Dish Network wants to work with T-Mobile

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If AT&T deal fails, Dish Network wants to work with T-Mobile
Dish Networks says that in case AT&T's offer for T-Mobile fails, the satellite television provider wants to partner-up with the nation's fourth largest carrier. Dish CEO Joseph Clayton, who lords over the second largest satellite television company in the States, says that if the deal does go through and AT&T decides to divest assets, Dish Network will be there with its hands open to snatch up what it can. Dish has been opposed to the $39 billion AT&T offer to buy T-Mobile on the grounds that it will hurt competition.

You might ask why a company that offers satellite television would be interested in providing cellular service. Earlier this year, Dish Networks purchased wireless spectrum from bankrupt DBSD North America Inc. and TerrestarNetworks. Added to T-Mobile's pipeline, Clayton foresees a mobile operator that can compete with Verizon and AT&T. For T-Mobile, partnering with Dish Networks could help the carrier grab additional high-speed spectrum. CEO Clayton also pointed to Sprint as a possible partner for his company.

Clayton says that the spectrum it purchased from the two bankrupt carriers is not for sale. "We’re not interested in making money on selling our spectrum. We want to use it to create a national wireless network, video, voice and data. We’ve got expertise in satellite-TV, and we will in satellite broadband. The voice part, we’ll need some help with." And that is where T-Mobile or Sprint comes in.

source: Bloomberg via TmoNews

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posted on 12 Dec 2011, 13:43 4

1. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Not overjoed but rather them than AT&T.

In other news AT&T, T-Mo have requested a stay until Jan 18 while they review all their options. DOJ has agreed to this apparently so it's likely the judge will accept. (Tmoews, theverge)

This is either AT&T stalling the judges decision on whether there is a case to answer, or a recognition that they need to evaluate if they want to press on with this plan or try something else (massive divestiture / EverythingEverywhere style partnership perhaps) or give up entirely.

IN light of this, Dish migh only have to wait until mid jan to find out if it has anychance of picking up divested spectrum/customers or buying/merging/partnerting with T-mo instead. Either way, i give a Dish/T-mo deal more chance with FCC/DOJ than an AT&T/T-Mo one as there would still be at least 4 national carriers, including 2 GSM.

In my opinion, it's vital for competition and choice that there be at least 4 national carriers, and at least 2 GSM in a country the size of the USA, and although i'm no sure about Dish, i'd much rather that than AT&T.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 21:16 1

10. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

in the off chance that the merger doesnt go through, its an interesting Idea. does this mean we might see some real cable shows on our phones instead of that TV "service" that we currently use now? That could be neat. Im not a dish customer but some sort of streaming collaberation between them and the carrier where customers of both dish & tmobile get free streaming to their phone would be a great sales point.

either way "IF" something like this did happen, it sounds like it would be beneficial. It would give Tmo additional spectrum to expand & compete, and keep competition alive for us consumers.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 13:52 1

2. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

I must say this dish network sounds more appealing

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 14:05 1

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Any time you have more competitors in a market, consumers benefit.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 14:28 2

4. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

This could work, keeping T-Mobile around....as DISH MOBILE.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 15:08

5. Skyrim (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Im curious whos the number 1 sattelite television provider

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 15:33 2

6. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I think direct TV.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 17:22 3

8. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)

Correct. Not to happy with Direct TV right now.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 15:39 3

7. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I Remember Dish Network talking about partnering up with Sprint just for this reason in a report on Fierce Wireless.com. I am sure the fact T-Mobile is desperate for a new home makes them an appealing idea. But it doesn't sound like they want to buy T-Mo. Just work with them. That will not be good enough for DT, who wants to sell them and be done with them completely.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 18:03 3

9. joshuag94 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

dish and tmobile is a much better idea, than letting greedy att get its hands on tmobile's spectrum.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 08:59 1

11. bsilva1182 (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

If deal falls thru then google should buy t-mo and change it to g-mobile!! how awesome would that be

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:05

12. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

Dish Network already applied for an exemption [a la LightSquared] for using thier satellite spectrum terrestrially. Partnering with tmob of Sprint would fall right in line with thier plans.

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