The tech world is full of unexpected events and things that are constantly changing. According to a New York Times report, Google is in talks with satellite-TV company Dish Network towards creating a fourth US wireless carrier after Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon made the U.S. soil their turf, however, there are too many obstructions in between.
Alan Mulally who is currently a director at Alphabet and had worked as a former chief executive at Ford Motor has been in talks with the satellite-TV giant toward creating the next big U.S. telecom carrier that would allow Google to set foot in the wireless communication sector. Currently, Dish is lurking after the assets that T-Mobile is required to divest in order to clear its $26 billion mergers with another wireless carrier juggernaut Sprint in the United States where the Department of Justice has intervened.
A source close to Dish and Mulally gave an affirmation in the development, however, didn’t specify details on the same. On the other hand, Google simply denied having talks with Dish Network while denying any progress made by Mulally with Dish as well. Furthermore, a source close to both companies states that the executives are definitely talking although the deal could topple since it is in flux.
T-Mobile is facing obstructions from at least 14 states in the U.S. after it announced the merger with Sprint and Department of Justice has intervened in this matter. The DoJ has asked Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, to divest assets in order to acquire $26 billion in clearance. The parent company is aware of Dish in talks with Google. In order to restrict Google’s access to the equipment being auctioned, Deutsche Telekom made a proposal that restricts Dish from handing out more than five percent of its state to a third-party company and in this case, it is Google.
However, the proposal has since been squashed by both DoJ and Dish. Google currently runs on Google Fi (VoWiFI) service charging $20 a month for unlimited texting and calls while it charges $10 a month for each gigabyte of data used above the said limit. Google leases wireless network from major telecom players such as Sprint, U.S Cellular, and T-Mobile, however, having the infrastructure of its own would allow the search engine giant to tap into this budding sector and attract millions of users around the country.
The move will also eliminate relying on other telecom carriers to provide the said services since the infrastructure and equipment from T-Mobile would help satiate the need of setting up a fully operational and independent wireless network in a matter of three years. At the moment, T-Mobile is being sued by 14 states in the U.S. and will have to attend court trials in October unless there is an arrangement beforehand. It won’t be too long unless we hear from Dish or Google about the progress for sure.