A few weeks ago, speculation was rife on the future of T-Mobile and Dish Network. This was thanks to some intriguing rumors which surfaced suggesting that the two companies were in direct and advanced talks to merge. Although, the speculation behind such a merger had been ongoing for some time (and therefore, not exactly new news), the notion that the two companies were close to agreeing a deal caught the attention of the media, the markets and wider industry. This is of course, partly thanks to Dish Network’s large stockpile of spectrum that they have accumulated of late and the speculation of what (or maybe, who) would be in line to benefit from the spectrum hoard.
Well, since the initial rumors came to light, the news on the subject of the merge has slowed somewhat. In fact, not long after the event, analysts began to predict that it was unlikely that a deal between the two would even go ahead, due to the lack of obvious benefits to either company. Well, in a interview on Friday with the Denver Business Journal (source link below), Dish CEO and Chairman, Charlie Ergen made it clear that Dish is in no rush to actually push through a deal with T-Mobile.
During the interview, Ergen stated, that from Dish Network’s perspective (and in spite of the abundance of coverage) Dish are not “feeling any pressure to do anything.” According to Ergen, if the Comcast and Time Warner merger had gone through, then this might have led to a need to be more “proactive”, however, the government disapproval of that deal has led to Dish feeling in no hurry to respond with a similar deal of their own. That said, Ergen does understand that the media speculation behind any merger of Dish, is of immense interest and stated during the interview that “People want to see us do something with our spectrum, regardless of what it is.” Attributing the interest to the movement of stocks based on any deal surrounding their spectrum stockpile. Those interested can read the interview in more detail by hitting the source link below.