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Sprint is rumored to be interested in partnership with Dish Network

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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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posted on 07 Dec 2012, 18:11 2

1. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

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

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 20:23

6. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 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

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 18:13

2. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 19:02 1

3. metalpoet (unregistered)

I just wish dish would be purchased by another company!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 23:57

8. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 15:58 1

11. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 64; Member since: 24 Jan 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.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 19:34

4. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 19:39

5. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 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.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 20:45 1

7. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

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

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 09:44 1

9. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 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.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 14:28

10. Sprintfan (Posts: 68; Member since: 18 Nov 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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