News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday December 19, 2013.
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DISH Network is taking a hard look at buying T-Mobile US as a way to enter the wireless industry, something that it failed to do when attempting to acquire Sprint. DISH may find itself in familiar territory because Sprint is also said to be considering a run at T-Mobile.
Reuters reports that unnamed sources have revealed that DISH is contemplating a bid for T-Mobile next year, something the Wall Street Journal said is also under consideration at Sprint. DISH had a contentious battle to buy Clearwire and Sprint but the company eventually abandoned both plans after Japanese carrier SoftBank eventually won the bidding war. The two sides may find themselves in competition again to purchase the US arm of Deutsche Telekom.
DISH sees T-Mobile as its best chance o enter the wireless industry following its failed bid to acquire Sprint. The satellite provider has spectrum that could be used for cellular service but CEO Charlie Ergen has stated that DSH would rather work with an existing company than to attempt to build a carrier from scratch. Reuters reports that it has not decided to bid on T-Mobile, but sources say that DISH may spring into action if Sprint bids for the company.source: Reuters
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.