08 JUL 2019
Search giant Google denied it is discussing a deal with US satellite TV company Dish Network to create a new mobile network operator in the country using assets T-Mobile US and Sprint offered as a sweetener for a planned merger.
Several reports stated Alan Mulally, a director of Google parent Alphabet, had held talks with Dish Network regarding a potential move for spectrum and Sprint prepay brand Boost Mobile, which are being offered in an attempt to win clearance for the merger from the Department of Justice (DoJ).
There was no ambiguity in Google’s response: “These claims are simply false. Google is not having any conversations with Dish about creating a wireless network,” a representative said.
The company already has a presence in the mobile sector through MVNO Fi.
Dish Network was one of three companies the DoJ identified as preferred bidders for the assets, though New York Post noted T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom has reservations about a deal involving the company.
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