Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network is moving forward with its plan to create a 4th cellular network in the US.
A Dish official has reportedly confirmed to specialist news-site Light Reading that the DTH broadcaster will purchase about 9.3 million subscribers to Sprint’s Boost mobile telephony system.
Boost uses capacity from T-Mobile, although Dish has obligations to establish its own spectrum over time.
Dish last week signed an agreement with Mavenir to supply its Cloud-based OpenRan software for the proposed service.
However, the clock is ticking and Dish is under a very tight timetable to wrap up its purchase. The T-Mobile/Sprint closed its separate merger back on April 1st and Ergen’s Dish is obliged to close his part of the agreement (to buy the Boost subs) within one month of April 1st or no more than 15 days after T-Mobile gives Dish access to the Boost subscriber base, and this is required to be done within 90 days of the T-Mobile/Sprint deal closing.