Sprint, Dish Talking About Wireless Deal
Though Will Have to Overcome Spectrum Tensions
Internal sources suggest that Sprint has approached Dish Network over a deal that would allow Dish to offer wireless service over Sprint's network, in exchange for Sprint getting access to Dish spectrum. According to a report by Bloomberg
, Sprint approached Dish about a deal, though Dish has acknowledged in recent weeks they've been talking with pretty much everyone
(including Google) about a wireless partnership. From the report:
Under the potential arrangement, discussed in recent months, Sprint would get access to Dish’s mobile airwaves, which aren’t currently being used, the people said. The companies could then share revenue from customers who sign up for a Dish wireless service, or Dish may pay Sprint a fee to use the network, according to one of the people, who asked not to be named because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly.
To cement such a deal the two companies would first need to settle an increasingly ugly dispute over the regulation governing Dish's airwaves. Sprint has been pushing the FCC to require power limits on the lower end of Dish's AWS-4 spectrum, something Dish has been in very vocal opposition to. Dish and Sprint last week struck a deal to sell Sprint phones at Dish-owned Blockbuster stores