DISH May Outbid Sprint in the Race to Buy T-Mobile

DISH NetworkDays after Sprint was revealed to be considering a purchase of T-Mobile US, satellite provider Dish Network is reportedly thinking about making a bid of its own. A potential Sprint/T-Mobile merger would leave the US with just three major cellular carriers and would be heavily scrutinized by the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. A Dish purchase of T-Mobile would maintain the status quo of four major nationwide carriers and would perhaps be more palatable to antitrust authorities. Dish's potential bid was reported by Reuters last night, citing "people close to the matter." "Dish Network Corp, which lost out to Japanese telecoms giant Softbank in its attempt to buy Sprint Corp several months ago, has since been sizing up T-Mobile US Inc. as a takeover candidate and has talked to majority owner Deutsche Telekom AG about a potential deal, the three sources said," Reuters wrote. Read the full story at Ars Technica.