Will Google and Dish Take on AT&T?

by Tom Taulli | November 16, 2012 10:36 am

[1]Google (NASDAQ:GOOG[2]) and Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH[3]) reportedly are in early-stage talks to build a mobile network[4] that would take-on AT&T (NYSE:T[5]) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ[6]).

Dish purchased a swath of mobile spectrum back in 2008, but to create a network, the company needs to find a major partner. Google would provide its highly popular Android operating system as well as the assets from Motorola, according to the Wall Street Journal. Plus, Google could draw from its $45 billion in cash.

Still, Dish might need more — specifically, a partner that has an infrastructure of cellular towers. T-Mobile USA and Sprint (NYSE:S[7]) are among more notable examples, though those companies already are in the process of merging with larger players.

Tom Taulli runs the InvestorPlace blog IPOPlaybook[8], a site dedicated to the hottest news and rumors about initial public offerings. He is also the author of “How to Create the Next Facebook.[9]” Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli[10]. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

  1. [Image]: https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/dish_network185.jpg
  2. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  3. DISH: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DISH
  4. build a mobile network: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324735104578121553147711538.html?mod=WSJ_hps_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird
  5. T: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=T
  6. VZ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=VZ
  7. S: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=S
  8. IPOPlaybook: https://investorplace.com/ipo-playbook/
  9. How to Create the Next Facebook.: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1430246472/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0GRB6ZMCTYDZVNG7Q7NV&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846
  10. @ttaulli: https://twitter.com/ttaulli

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