Dish might pay $6B or more for Sprint & T-Mobile assets including Boost Mobile

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in iPhone edited June 18
Dish Network is reportedly in talks to pay $6 billion or more to snap up assets from Sprint and T-Mobile as the two carriers try to win regulatory approval for a $26.5 billion merger, which itself faces tough opposition over competition concerns.

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A Dish deal could be announced as soon as this week, Bloomberg sources said. Acquired assets might include wireless spectrum and Boost Mobile, Sprint's prepaid brand, the latter of which has already been promised as a sacrifice to appease the U.S. Justice Department.

Amazon, Altice, and Charter have also been rumored as potential asset buyers.

While the merger has garnered support from the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission, the Justice Department is believed to be an opponent, with one rumor claiming it wants the creation of a spinoff carrier as a condition of approval.

Sprint and T-Mobile have imposed a July 29 deadline to conclude merger talks and reportedly floated multiple concessions to U.S. officials, including a commitment to a three-year 5G network expansion without hiking prices in the interim.

Earlier this month the attorneys general of 10 U.S. states filed suit to block the merger. They argue that the national carrier market is already too small, and that controlling T-Mobile shareholder Deutsche Telekom has admitted a merger would create less competition and higher profits.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    rob53rob53 Posts: 2,105member
    Spinoff carrier...... would this be a way for Apple to become a carrier? I didn’t think Dish had $6B to spend on anything. 
    ktappe
  • Reply 2 of 7
    uraharaurahara Posts: 313member
    I think Apple needs to produce the refrigerators. I mean, Apple is so cool. It will be the best devices is the world.
    rob53 said:
    Spinoff carrier...... would this be a way for Apple to become a carrier? I didn’t think Dish had $6B to spend on anything. 
  • Reply 3 of 7
    jimh2jimh2 Posts: 185member
    rob53 said:
    Spinoff carrier...... would this be a way for Apple to become a carrier? I didn’t think Dish had $6B to spend on anything. 
    Dish owns quite a bit of valuable wireless spectrum. 
    baconstang
  • Reply 4 of 7
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 837member
    Verizon and AT&T have a market cap in the general vicinity of $200 billion each. Not chump change but Apple has more cash than that sitting in its wallet right now. The problem is that's only the cost for an American company, which is only 5% of the world's population. Multiply that by 20 and you see how big the world's telecom business really is.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    rob53rob53 Posts: 2,105member
    Verizon and AT&T have a market cap in the general vicinity of $200 billion each. Not chump change but Apple has more cash than that sitting in its wallet right now. The problem is that's only the cost for an American company, which is only 5% of the world's population. Multiply that by 20 and you see how big the world's telecom business really is.
    Dish Networks had s market cap of $18B so a small competitor. 
  • Reply 6 of 7
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,470member
    rob53 said:
    Spinoff carrier...... would this be a way for Apple to become a carrier? I didn’t think Dish had $6B to spend on anything. 
    Contrary to what you read in tech blog comment sections Dish Network is a successful business.
    baconstangbeowulfschmidt
  • Reply 7 of 7
    baconstangbaconstang Posts: 557member
    I've been on Virgin forever.  Wonder how this will affect them?
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