Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Investopedia: DISH Network Makes Another Bid For Mobile

It's hard not to give some credit to DISH Network’s (Nasdaq:DISH) leadership for realizing that they've taken the satellite TV concept about as far as they can. Instead, the company has been acknowledging (for some time now) that the company needed a pretty significant strategic transformation- one that would allow the company to leverage its wireless spectrum and compete more directly in the growing mobile broadband market.

To that end, Monday's bid for Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) is bold, but not entirely surprising. In fact, I suggested a few months ago that DISH's bid for Clearwire (Nasdaq:CLWR) could be as much about forcing Sprint to the table as any particular desire to own Clearwire. Now the question is whether or not Sprint's board welcomes the overture, and whether Sprint's other bidder, Japan's Softbank, decides to up the ante.

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