Sprint approaches DISH regarding mobile tie-up

10 Dec 2012

Sprint Nextel has approached DISH Network about a partnership that would allow the satellite-TV giant to offer wireless services over Sprint’s network, two people familiar with the matter have told Bloomberg. Under the mooted arrangement, discussed ‘in recent months’, Sprint would gain access to DISH’s Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band spectrum in the 2GHz band, which are currently unavailable for use, pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. If the deal between the two parties comes to fruition, the duo may initiate a revenue-sharing arrangement, Bloomberg adds.

DISH has made no secret of its aspirations to enter the US wireless market since obtaining the aforementioned MSS spectrum as part of deals for bankrupt satellite smartphone operator TerreStar (July 2011) and hybrid satellite and communications company DBSD North America (February 2011). Not only does DISH have a satellite TV subscriber base of over 14 million to target with its services, it has also started to stock mobile phones through the retail stores of its wholly owned home entertainment chain Blockbuster, under the ‘Blockbuster Mobile’ banner.