Light Reading

Dish Chairman Open to Sprint Partnership

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Mobile News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
2/20/2013
50%
50%

Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen hasn't ruled out a partnership with Sprint Nextel Corp. among the various future wireless scenarios that could involve the satellite TV giant. Time will tell if that's just wishful thinking. These days, Ergen's been ruffling Sprint's feathers in the form of a rival bid for Clearwire LLC. Since then, Dish and Sprint have been stating their cases as to why their respective offers give Clearwire shareholders the best option. (See Analyst: Dish's Clearwire Bid Has 'Slim Chance' and Dish Puts In Rival Bid for Clearwire.) On Wednesday's fourth quarter earnings call, Ergen said what's good for Clearwire could also be good for Sprint. "It's not a bad deal for Sprint because they end up with a lot of capital to help their build out, particularly with Clearwire," Ergen said. "If that transaction was to happen, Sprint would be the most likely partner." Clearwire, meanwhile, is still reviewing Dish's overture. (See Clearwire Doesn't Rule Out Dish Deal.) Ergen said Dish will still have a number of options available if the Clearwire play doesn't pan out, and he doesn't consider an outright sale of Dish's spectrum as a desired outcome. Dish can still try a build-out on its own (the company plans to start tests of its system later this year), but he made it clear again that Dish would like to avoid going it alone. (See Qualcomm to Make Dish's Mobile Broadband Chip .) "We have plenty of time to do that and make the right decisions and so forth," Ergen said. "I think the focus for the next year will be to figure out what the best path for us, with our preference being to partner with somebody that's in the business today. The trick is not to lose a lot of money while you're trying to make the long-term strategic call." Ergen also brought up the possibility of a bidding war for Clearwire, which would in all likelihood stick a fork in any hook-up between Dish and Sprint. "Were we to lose that bidding war, or we did not prevail for our offer for Clearwire, then Sprint's probably not the likely partner," he said. If Dish fails on the Clearwire front, Ergen says there are still "alternatives" he could pursue, but would not elaborate. "We're not going to give you our strategy," he told analysts and media. "We're not going to give you all the inside playbook because if you play poker you don't do very well when you show everybody else your cards. It's really, really hard to win that way." So, don't expect Ergen to show what he'd holding until all the money's down. And Ergen's confidence doesn't offer much help. He's either he's got a good hand or he's making a big time bluff. But the goal remains the same: "We're playing to win," he said. So in the meantime, we leave you with this:

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/21/2013 | 3:35:23 PM
re: Dish Chairman Open to Sprint Partnership
Maybe that was the Fonzie Jumps the Shark moment for the restaurant... it was all downhill from there? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
craigleddy
50%
50%
craigleddy,
User Rank: Blogger
2/21/2013 | 3:19:01 PM
re: Dish Chairman Open to Sprint Partnership
Jerry Seinfeld may have led to the demise of Kenny Rogers' chicken franchise, much to Kramer's dismay. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/21/2013 | 10:55:29 AM
re: Dish Chairman Open to Sprint Partnership
I had to look it up, but the vid was made waaaay before the Kenny Rogers Roasters showed up in 1991. Chapter 11 in 1998, and sold to Nathan's Famous-á the following year for $1.25M.-á Even Seinfeld couldn't save it from a better fate.-á But the chain, now owned by Berjaya Corp,-áevidently is still alive, mostly in Asia/Pac: http://kennyrogersroasters.com...-á-á http://kennyrogersroasters.com...

That's it for today's Kenny Rogers Roasters lesson. jb
jtombes
50%
50%
jtombes,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/21/2013 | 4:15:03 AM
re: Dish Chairman Open to Sprint Partnership
Speaking of ruffling feathers, I'm trying to figure - was that video before or after Kenny got into the chicken business? Not sure Ergen would succeed with restaurants either. Every night would be chef's surprise. That would get old quick.
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/21/2013 | 2:14:54 AM
re: Dish Chairman Open to Sprint Partnership
Not big into editing and different camera angles back in the day... was this video done with one camera, a tripod and three-átakes? Efficiency. JB
From The Founder
Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
LRTV Custom TV
Global Services Forum Preview

8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
The Netformx Ecosystem

8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
LRTV Custom TV
Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
LRTV Custom TV
End-User or Enterprise Benefits to the New IP

7|30|15   |   04:27   |   (1) comment


Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
LRTV Custom TV
Network Visibility & the New IP

7|30|15   |   02:23   |   (0) comments


Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Basil Alwan, Alcatel-Lucent

7|24|15   |   26:44   |   (5) comments


Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
Hot Topics
Verizon Hums a Driving Tune
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/26/2015
Gogo Approved to Speed Up In-Flight WiFi
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/24/2015
Could Market Volatility Hurt Tech IPOs?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/24/2015
Sprint's Claure: '3 to 5 Years' to Turnaround
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/25/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about data center, cloud and the impact of virtualization in the coming years.
They say there's no such thing as a stupid question, but I probably sail pretty close to the wind in some of my interviews for LR. But then that's one of the things I ...
Cats with Phones
Cats & Boxes: A Love Affair Click Here