Dish is slowly but steadily developing a cellular subscription base.
In as many years, Dish Network has acquired the second mobile virtual network provider. On Monday, the satellite television and cellular service provider announced intentions to acquire North Carolina-based Republic Wireless for an undisclosed amount. The agreement is scheduled to conclude in the second quarter of 2021, awaiting the usual regulatory approval.
If the contract is completed, Dish will assume about 200,000 client relationships, the Republic Wireless brand and other associated properties. Customers do not note any big changes during the ownership transition, Dish said, and there is no reason for them to take any action.
The purchase is Dish’s second big acquisition in less than a year. Last summer, T-Mobile completed its $1.4 billion acquisition of Boost Mobile. As part of its deal to purchase Sprint, T-Mobile agreed to divest itself of the Boost Mobile prepaid name, opening the way for Dish to become the nation’s fourth largest wireless carrier.
In August 2020, Dish added another piece to the puzzle by buying Ting Mobile from Tucows.
When the transaction closes, Dish Senior VP of Ting Mobile and MVNO networks, Rob Currie, will head the Republic of Wireless. The original Relay division of the group, which serves leading teams in catering, engineering, facility operations, education and healthcare, will also continue to run as a stand-alone company and will become wholesale customers on the Dish 5G network, we are told.