Dish Network May Partner With T-Mobile If AT&T Acquisition Falls Through

Posted Dec 12, 2011

DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) will likely partner with T-Mobile USA if AT&T’s acquisition deal falls through. DISH acquired additional wireless spectrum earlier this year as part of a deal for buying the bankrupted DBSD North America Inc. and Terrestar Networks Inc. DISH could merge their spectrum assets with T-Mobile or another wireless company to intensify the rivalry against AT&T and Verizon.

DISH could also team up with Sprint or Clearwire. Of course any of these telecommunications deals would require approval from the FCC.

?We?re not interested in making money on selling our spectrum,? stated DISH CEO Joseph Clayton. ?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.?

DISH is still waiting on the FCC to approve use of the spectrum. The Justice Department is also suing AT&T to block the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. That case has been put on hold so far.