According to Bloomberg over the weekend, Dish Network is once again getting serious about a bid for T-Mobile. Dish’s chairman Charlie Ergen has apparently contacted Deutsche Telekom to indicate his interest in acquiring T-Mobile US, and he allegedly waited until Sprint’s and Softbank’s plans fell apart. He still hasn’t made a formal bid for the company yet, though.
Dish is the second-largest U.S. satellite-TV provider and is sitting on quite a bit of nationwide spectrum that it has yet to put to any use. Additionally, T-Mobile is planning to bid in the upcoming AWS spectrum, and Dish doesn’t want to make an offer until that auction is complete. Combining with T-Mobile would immediately give Dish access to a nationwide network that it could begin supplementing with its own spectrum, which would allow the satellite company to begin offering mobile video services as a way to challenge the existing traditional cable/satellite TV model.
But what do you think? Is Dish the best option for T-Mobile, or would the Sprint deal have been better? What about French carrier Iliad’s attempts at raising enough money to put a new offer on the table?
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