Tag Archives: DISH

Dish once again comes out against T-Mobile-Sprint merger, other groups chime in with their opposition

After initially filing its opposition to T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed merger back in August, Dish recently made another argument against the deal. In its latest filing, Dish claims that if T-Mobile and Sprint are allowed to merge, it will lead to a national mobile voice and broadband market controlled by three companies, lead to excessive concentration in other relevant markets, and result in increased prices for consumers. “The Applicants have not come close to demonstrating that … [read full article]

T-Mobile says Dish is hoarding spectrum, urges FCC to do something about it

T-Mobile has gone after Dish in a new FCC filing. In a letter to the FCC, T-Mobile has explained to the FCC that the agency should push Dish to put the spectrum to productive use or strip Dish of its spectrum holdings because the company has not utilized them like it said it would. T-Mobile accuses Dish of hoarding spectrum licenses and argues that Dish “intends to continue to warehouse spectrum with no benefit to consumers.” … [read full article]

More companies file opposition to T-Mobile-Sprint merger, including Altice and Dish

Hot on the heels of the CWA union coming out against the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, several major companies have submitted their own comments on the deal. Cable provider Altice said in a filing with the FCC that it’s concerned about the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. Altice has an MVNO agreement with Sprint and is planning to utilize it to enter the wireless market in 2019, but the company is concerned that if the … [read full article]

T-Mobile takes aim at Dish, wants it blocked from rebidding on defaulted AWS-3 licenses

T-Mobile and Dish have been linked as possible merger partners in the past, but right now T-Mo is going after Dish as a result of the company’s actions in the recent AWS-3 auction. T-Mobile has filed a letter to the FCC explaining that Dish and its designated entity partners should be barred from bidding on AWS-3 licenses that the Dish DEs previously … [read full article]

Do T-Mobile and Dish need each other?

Earlier today I read an article over at Seeking Alpha, written by a research analyst and author named Brian Nichols. In it he argues that Dish and T-Mobile need each other. And after reading, I’m hard pushed to find a strong argument against it. It highlights something we’ve known for a long time. But, like anyone not wanting to admit to any kind of defeat, we convince ourselves that “it’ll be … [read full article]

WSJ: Dish approaching banks to get $15B funding for T-Mobile deal

Following up on its exclusive report from earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal has published an article claiming that Dish Networks is in talks with banks to secure cash funding for what looks to be a primarily stock-based deal with T-Mobile. According to its sources, Dish is looking to borrow between $10B-$15B: “Dish is considering borrowing between $10 billion and $15 billion for the … [read full article]

WSJ: T-Mobile and Dish in merger talks

In possibly what is the most easily-predictable rumor, early this morning, Wall Street Journal reports that Dish Network and T-Mobile are in discussion about a possible merger. Its sources claim that if the deal goes through, both Charlie Ergen and John Legere would remain. The former will be chairman while Legere would be CEO. Although both sides are seemingly in “close agreement” about what the combined company would look like, the finer … [read full article]

Bloomberg: Dish chief interested in T-Mobile deal

It’s nothing we haven’t heard before, however, Bloomberg has published a fresh report claiming that Dish’s chief Charlie Ergen has contacted Deutsche Telekom to communicate his interest in acquiring T-Mobile US. Ergen allegedly made the approach after Sprint and T-Mobile’s plans to merge fell apart, but is yet to make a formal offer for the company. It is important that we don’t read too much in to this discussion. For two very good … [read full article]

Iliad in talks with Dish, Charter Communications and others to raise bid for T-Mobile?

Earlier today we read a report stating that T-Mobile will officially reject the well-documented approach from Iliad. The French communications company seems persistent, however, as another new report claims that Iliad is look at other means of raising investment so that it can improve its offer. Reuters reports: French telecom firm Iliad (ILD.PA) is in talks with investors to improve its … [read full article]

Dish Chairman ponders T-Mobile bid, if Sprint merger comes to nothing

“I wasn’t a very good poker player but when a bunch of drunken fools were throwing money around occasionally I was able to pick up the pot at the end of the day.” Those are the words of Dish Chairman, Charlie Ergen, on his approach to the possibility of bidding for T-Mobile or DirecTV. Dish doesn’t “have the kind of money to go outbid Sprint for T-Mobile or outbid AT&T for DirecTV,” he … [read full article]