Following a failed attempt to acquire Sprint earlier this year, Dish Network may make a bid for T-Mobile in 2014, according to a recent report from Reuters which cites the usual “people close to the matter.” For Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen, the move to cellular service is an obvious expansion from his current pay TV business, and would give the company a chance to put its billion dollars of wireless spectrum to good use.
We’ve also heard reports that Sprint is considering a T-Mobile takeover, meaning Dish and SoftBank—which successfully acquired Sprint in 2013—could be going head to head yet again in a new bidding war sometime next year. However, unlike the frantic race to buy Sprint that played out earlier this year, a competition over T-Mobile would be less public and completely up to the carrier’s majority stakeholder, Deutsche Telekom.
With multiple companies reportedly considering a bid for T-Mobile, we just hope an acquisition by either Dish, Sprint or an unexpected third party won’t mean the end of the self-proclaimed “Uncarrier.” T-Mobile and its CEO John Legere have done more to disrupt and push forward the carrier business than any other company or individual, sending shockwaves through the entire industry. If Deutsche Telekom does decide to sell off its U.S. carrier, it could mean a stop to the real progress we’ve seen in the past year.