Dish reportedly in talks to merge with T-Mobile

Large media companies and wireless carriers are partnering up with the latest report that Dish may bring its spectrum asset to T-Mobile.

John Legere speaks at the Uncarrier 9 event (Image: CNET/CBS Interactive)
Back in December 2013 ZDNet reported that Dish was eyeing T-Mobile for a possible 2014 acquisition. That didn't happen, but according to the Wall Street Journal it sounds like the merger talks are heating up again.

While merger talks are active and not yet public, the WSJ sources state that Dish chief executive Charlie Ergen would become the chairman while T-Mobile's John Legere will serve as the merged company's CEO.

It's interesting to see the trend of large media companies purchasing wireless carriers. AT&T is closing the $49 billion DirecTV deal soon and Charter acquired Time Warner cable for $78.7 billion.

Previously, Sprint and Dish were in talks, but that apparently didn't work out. AT&T and T-Mobile tried to make a deal in the past while there have been rumors of a Sprint and T-Mobile purchase too.

Dish has loads of spectrum and T-Mobile is aggressively working to move ahead of Sprint so a deal between these two companies makes sense.

We reached out to both T-Mobile and Dish for comment on the merger talks, but have yet to receive any official response.

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