Earlier this month, the DOJ, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile turned out to havehing out details of a deal. Dish would buy Boost and some range from T-Mobile and Sprint, and enter into a six or seven year agreement to use T-Mobile's network while saving billions to build their own. In other words, Dish would be a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) for some years. This is simply a company that offers wireless service to consumers without owning a separate network.
Discussions between T-Mobile and Dish are "halfway there"
Google denies that it is in talks with Dish and released a statement saying "These claims are simply fake. Google has no conversations with Dish about creating a wireless network." Deutsche Telekom has requested that an acquisition acquisition acquisition acquisition includes a capsule that prevents a third party from buying more than a 5% stake in the satellite content provider. That's because the German telecommunications company is afraid that Dish will make a deal with a large company loaded with cash and build Boost to the point where there is fierce competition for a combined T-Mobile Sprint. Sources say that both Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile rely on the demand for DOJ and Dish to make it clear that they were not satisfied with that request.
While a deal could give the chairman of the original Charles Ergen the wireless business he wanted for a while, it could also help Google. The latter currently offers its own MVNO, Google Fi, which relies on mobile Wi-Fi hotspots and mobile service from T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular. Getting involved in a deal with Dish to buy Boost and build a nationwide 5G network will allow Google Fi to release the MVNO contracts it has and eventually use its own network. Experts say that should Dish and Google buy Boost, the couple could have their own network up for three years.
People near the discussions between Dish and T-Mobile characterize them as "about half way there" and say conversations can take another two to three weeks before an appointment is reached. T-Mobile and Sprint announced the merger on 29 April 2018 and originally set a deadline for April 28, 2019 to close the merger. Both carriers expanded it until July 29, and it appears that another expansion will be needed.