T-Mobile Pressures US Government Over Dish's Delayed $3.5B Airwaves Purchase

T-Mobile US Inc TMUS has expressed its frustration over the delay by Dish Network Corp DISH in purchasing $3.5 billion worth of airwaves. 

The telecom giant is now urging the U.S. government to deny further extensions to Dish.

In a recent filing at the U.S. District Court in Washington, T-Mobile emphasized that Dish should have finalized its purchase by the August deadline, Bloomberg reports

T-Mobile suggests auctioning off the airwaves to other interested parties pending a deal.

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U.S. antitrust regulators urged a judge to extend the deadline to purchase airwaves from T-Mobile US to alleviate the financial strain on Dish. 

Acquiring these airwaves is pivotal for Dish's ambitions to broaden its presence in the telecom sector

Moreover, the U.S. government views this deal as crucial to ensure a competitive wireless market, especially after T-Mobile acquired Sprint Corp in 2020. 

The U.S. Justice Department had previously mandated that T-Mobile divest some of its airwaves, positioning Dish as a potential fourth major competitor against T-Mobile, AT&T Inc T and Verizon Communications Inc VZ.

Charlie Ergen, the man behind Dish Network, has been steering his company towards becoming a mobile data service provider, moving away from the dwindling pay-TV network business. 

The airwaves in question, operating in the 800 megahertz band, are crucial for mobile connectivity. If the court and the Justice Department side with Dish, the company will have until April 1 to finalize the purchase.

Denying Dish an extension could jeopardize its position in the deal, potentially hampering its ability to compete with the three major national carriers. 

Introducing new players and reshaping the telecom landscape could lead to more competitive consumer pricing and services.

Price Actions: DISH shares are trading lower by 1.62% at $6.08 on the last check Tuesday. 

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