Sprint is rumored to be interested in partnership with Dish Network

Sprint is rumored to be interested in partnership with Dish Network
According to a couple people familiar with the potential deal, Sprint and Dish would gain access to each company’s spectrum and share in revenue from the arrangement.

Dish would immediately gain access to Sprint’s network, allowing the satellite TV provider to offer wireless service to customers. Sprint would get access to mobile spectrum Dish owns, but is not using. Dish is awaiting a decision from the government on the use of those airwaves, which may be provided next week.

Such an arrangement would benefit both companies, as it puts Dish in the wireless business right away, enabling the company to offer service as part of a package to its 14 million TV customers. It helps Sprint by giving it access to more spectrum, of which, Sprint does not own a lot of compared to the bigger players.

Softbank would have a hand in approving this deal as well. However, this arrangement would produce revenue for Sprint via both avenues, through fees paid by Dish, and by expanding coverage for Sprint’s own customers. Dish Network CEO Joe Clayton offered no details, simply saying, “We speak with everybody.”

source: Bloomberg

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11 Comments

1. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

These days... who isn't the subject of rumors that one of these two are getting into bed with? :-\

6. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

That's kinda cool cuz I currently have Dish Network as my TV network and I used to have Sprint provide me with a moveable wifi square kind of thing

2. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

If there is any truth to this rumor... R.I.P. Dish.

3. metalpoet unregistered

I just wish dish would be purchased by another company!

8. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

i think directv already put the nail in the coffin .. dish sucks haha

11. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

Looks like you fell for the Directv commercials' BS. Did you ever really analyze DTV commercials? i.e. Dish has most HD but... 24 are only part time Then they show DTV has 170 full time HD channels (implying that Dish has less, but they are not saying that, just being confusing dumb people) They have also compared their cheapest programming to Dish's. stating how much better theirs was (not saying that they are comparing a $150 then $300/yr plan to a $360 then $660/yr plan) Directv is super dishonest, and you fell for it.

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol...after the rumors of google making a network of their own using dish...suddenly other company are now interested with dish...

5. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Dish wants to use the spectrum to allow receivers to receive service without a dish. Just how you don't need coax to each Joey in the hopper system.

7. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Win win I hope this situation is more then just a rumor

9. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Sprint actually does own quite a bit of spectrum, the re-farmed Nextel 800 mhz spectrum is a huge nationwide chunk of spectrum that is being re-purposed thus giving Sprint much more flexibility. Also, that's not counting Clearwire's gobs of higher frequency spectrum which will be used for LTE Advanced and network offloading in highly dense/populated areas.

10. Sprintfan

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Sprint is in a better position than all the companies spectrum wise. With the shutting down of nextel and using that for LTE and 51% ownership of Clearwire it goes without say Sprint has more spectrum than ATT/VZW.

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