DISH Network boss Charlie Ergen has admitted that the satellite-turned-mobile operator could be tempted to make a play for assets put up for sale by UScellular as it attempts to meet its stringent 5G network rollout deadlines. As per a report by Telecompetitor, Ergen told conference call participants: ‘Under most scenarios that’s an opportunity and a positive for where we’re trying to go.’

Speaking during the same conference call, Tom Cullen, DISH’s EVP of Corporate Development, noted that UScellular ‘operates in areas that we haven’t fully built out’, potentially boosting DISH’s rollout credentials. Ergen cautioned that there might be regulatory constraints on DISH’s ability to buy UScellular assets, but that those constraints would be less likely for DISH than for the likes of Verizon Wireless, AT&T Communications or T-Mobile US.

Last week UScellular’s majority owner TDS Telecom announced that it had launched a ‘review of strategic alternatives’ for UScellular.

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