Charlie Ergen’s considerable investment in potential US cellular spectrum could be about to pay off.
Business news channel CNBC is reporting that Dish has “come to terms” with Deutsche Telekom-backed T-Mobile on certain divestitures required to permit T-Mobile to clear its $26 billion (€23bn) merger with Sprint.
Any agreement – and details are extremely sparse – would need regulatory approval although reportedly the Department of Justice is ready to approve the T-Mobile and Sprint marriage.
If Dish Network has agreed to acquire some of the T-Mobile assets – and Boost Mobile has been frequently mentioned – then the required fourth national cellular network could be happening, and mean a diversification and transformation for Ergen and Dish Network, and permitting Ergen to start spreading his kind of products across 5G.
However, still to be explained is overcoming the objections of 13 state attorneys general, plus the city of DC itself, who are unhappy about the damage to competition across the US.