Dish informally approach Deutsche Telekom over T-Mobile USA

15 April 2013 | Mitch Sayers


US satellite TV provider Dish has informally approached Deutsche Telekom over a possible deal for T-Mobile USA, according to reports.

Dish Network had made a bid for rivalling spectrum operator Clearwire in January this year, before the company reached terms with Sprint for a sale.

Bloomberg reports Dish chairman Charlie Ergen initiated talks over a possible deal with the German operator in an effort to bundle a wireless option with its satellite TV packages.

Dish is striving to consolidate its market share with satellite TV competing against the growth of IPTV.

Proposal details are unknown but contact is said to have been made before April 10.

Any Dish offer would not affect the deal between MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA which has received regulatory and shareholder approval.

Deutsche Telekom has considered options with its US arm and agreed terms with opposing MetroPCS shareholders, who voiced concerns over debt and share price associated with the merger.

The deal between MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA represents a merger of the US's fourth and fifth largest operators and an effort to bridge the gap between them and market leaders Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

Both parties declined to comment.