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Dish May Partner With T-Mobile If AT&T Acquisition Fails

Dish Network Corp., the second largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, may partner with T-Mobile USA if AT&T Inc.’s takeover bid fails, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Clayton said in an interview.

Dish, which acquired wireless spectrum earlier this year as part of deals for bankrupt DBSD North America Inc. and Terrestar Networks Inc., could merge the spectrum assets with T-Mobile or another wireless company to create a strengthened competitor to AT&T and Verizon Wireless, said Clayton. T-Mobile needs additional spectrum to offer higher-speed wireless service for smartphones such as Apple Inc.’s iPhone.