Monday, December 12, 2011

Dish could partner with T-Mobile, if AT&T deal fails

It’s looking like the AT&T, T-Mobile deal may fall through but that doesn’t mean T-Mobile will be dead in the water as Dish Network indicated that it may team up with the carrier for its upcoming wireless service.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Dish said that it could use T-Mobile’s help for its planned mobile services. Dish has its own spectrum and throwing wireless service into the mix would allow it to offer packages of services including television, satellite broadband and mobile voice services.
“We’re not interested in making money on selling our spectrum,” Dish CEO Joseph Clayton told Bloomberg. “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.”
So, that’s a bit of good news for T-Mobile I suppose. While the AT&T deal isn’t fully dead, the chances are looking slimmer and slimmer and many believed that T-Mobile would be screwed without it. While T-Mobile may lose a lot of time and good will, if the deal falls through, it will still receive about $4 billion in assets as a break-up fee and it appears like it will have a strong partner in Dish.
This is quickly turning into a soap opera and you can be sure we’ll keep an eye on it.

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