At this point, it’s really starting to look like the AT&T-Mobile deal is going to be abandoned. AT&T has asked for a stay until January 18th in the court case with the DOJ so that they can continue to “evaluate all options.” It’s not looking good.
The proposed acquisition has been met with a great deal of opposition from consumers, competitors and the government. Today’s request shows that AT&T doesn’t know what to do next. We have no real idea what kind of deal AT&T will offer up to try and save the acquisition, or what will happen to T-Mobile of AT&T decides to back away.
With the future of T-Mobile so uncertain, the company has become an interesting prospect for some rather unlikely suitors. Dish Network’s Chief Executive Officer Joseph Clayton told Bloomberg that if the AT&T and T-Mobile deal falls through, his company would be interested in partnering with T-Mobile. Dish Network has been actively acquiring spectrum lately, but doesn’t have enough to launch a network of their own.
We’re not interested in making money on selling our spectrum. We want to use it to create a national wireless network, video, voice and data. We’ve got expertise in satellite-TV, and we will in satellite broadband. The voice part, we’ll need some help with.Joseph ClaytonDish Network
If nothing else, Dish would still be interested in any customers or spectrum AT&T may drop to keep the merger alive.
Should the merger end up being abandoned, T-Mobile will definitely live on in one way or another. Whether it’s through another wireless carrier, a satellite company or something completely unpredicted, Magenta’s story is far from over.