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NewsPoster Dec 19, 2013 01:52 PM
Reuters: Dish Network looks to acquire T-Mobile next year
Dish Network is still considering an attempt to acquire T-Mobile sometime next year, according to a report. Despite its failure to secure Sprint in the last year, the satellite TV service is still looking towards owning a carrier and offering cellular service, with the potential acquisition attempt seemingly setting up Dish for <a href="" rel='nofollow'>another battle</a> with Softbank. <br />
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Sources of <em>Reuters</em> <a href="" rel='nofollow'>claim</a> Dish is still mulling over the decision, something that chairman Charlie Ergen said the company was still open to <a href="" rel='nofollow'>in November</a>. The three sources also state that Dish has started speaking to Deutsche Telekom about a potential acquisition. Considering Dish, T-Mobile, and Deutsche Telekom have declined to comment, and that the report claims the sources were not authorized to speak to the media, it could be a sign that negotiations are underway. <br />
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Rumors late last week suggested that Sprint would be preparing to offer more than $20 billion for T-Mobile. While a possibility, it is thought that such a deal would have trouble receiving approval from regulators, as it would in theory leave Americans with three major carriers rather than four, and could be denied over antitrust concerns in a similar way to AT&T's $39 billion bid for T-Mobile in 2011. An acquisition by Dish would most likely receive less scrutiny, as it would in theory maintain the current market's four separate major carriers. <br />
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The battle for T-Mobile could end up being a rerun of the competing bids for Sprint, where Softbank <a href=" ration/" rel='nofollow'>offered $21.6 billion</a> and won against <a href=" tbank/" rel='nofollow'>Dish's $25.5 billion proposal</a>. Sprint then went on to win over <a href=" sition/" rel='nofollow'>Clearwire's board</a> in a second acquisition with a higher $5-per-share offer compared to Dish's $4.40. Though it would be a similar competition, the possibility for Sprint to be ruled out of the running by regulators can only be helpful to Dish's campaign.
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