Dish Network, Liberty eye dealmaking after Sprint/T-Mobile merger collapse

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - The collapse of the Sprint-T-Mobile merger talks creates more potential suitors for Dish Network but doesn’t fundamentally change how CEO Charlie Ergen views his company’s chances at being part of a big deal. 

The Douglas County-based satellite TV company (Nasdaq: DISH) has nearly 14 million subscribers and sits on a trove of unused wireless internet frequencies Ergen assembled to transform Dish Network into a wireless internet business.

The billions of dollars worth of spectrum Dish Network owns also makes it a potential partner or acquisition target for spectrum-hungry wireless carriers and other companies increasingly reliant on ubiquitous internet access.

“If Sprint and T-Mobile are not going together, that creates more options, but they’re not the only ones out there,” Ergen said Thursday on a conference call with Wall Street analysts and reporters.

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