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Dish Details Deal to Become Fourth National Carrier

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Jul 26, 2019, 11:06 AM   by Rich Brome

Dish Network will pay $5 billion to buy significant Sprint assets in an attempt to create a new national 5G wireless network, in a deal brokered by the US Department of Justice to win approval for T-Mobile merging with Sprint. The deal includes $3.6 billion for licenses to 14 MHz of nationwide 800 MHz spectrum. For its new 5G network. Dish will use the new 800 MHz spectrum alongside 600 MHz, 700 MHz, and 1,700 MHz spectrum it already owns. Dish will also pay $1.4 billion to acquire Sprint's prepaid business, including Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint Prepaid. That purchase includes 9.3 million customers and 400 employees. Dish has made a new commitment to the FCC that it will build its own 5G network capable of serving 70 percent of the US population by June 2023. Dish will pay a penalty of up to $2.2 billion if it fails to meet that deadline. Dish will have access to the new T-Mobile / Sprint network for seven years while it builds its own network. Dish will also lease T-Mobile some of its 600 MHz spectrum for several years to smooth the transition. Dish will also have the option to acquire certain tower, network equipment, and retail assets that will be decommissioned as part of the Sprint / T-Mobile integration process.


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Jul 29, 2019, 3:08 PM

What are we gaining?

T-mobile buys Sprint and then sells it to Dish. So we go from 4 companies to 3 companies and then create a fourth company again? Wouldn't it be easier for Dish to have just bought Sprint? I think these boys have way too much money to play with.
Dish isn't getting Sprint. They're getting scraps; not enough to be a serious fourth national carrier (at least without an additional $100 billion investment, which isn't happening.)

You're right that it's silly, though. The DoJ insists that having...
“We”as in the public? The public gains nothing. In a few years, the combined Sprint/T-Mobile entity will acquire whatever physical assets and spectrum Dish has at that time. Dish will pay whatever fine the FCC assesses and life will go on. This is...
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