Legere says Dish Network "could be a great opportunity" for T-Mobile2
While there are many different things that Dish can do with its spectrum, Legere says that whichever direction Ergen goes, it will be positive for T-Mobile. If Dish goes it alone, it is a new challenger to Verizon and AT&T. If they partner up with a current operator, it makes that company stronger.
Prior to the AWS-3 auction, Dish owned 40MHz of AWS-4 and 10MHz of 1900MHz H Block spectrum. In the auctioned, Dish and its partners won 25MHz of addiional air waves, including 13MHz of paired spectrum.
Back in September, there was talk that Dish was preparing a bid to purchase T-Mobile. While nothing has surfaced yet, Dish has gone after a major carrier before. That time, Dish bid $25.5 billion to buy all of Sprint. SoftBank ended up buying 78% of Sprint for $21.6 billion.