Half a year removed from a contentious couple of months that saw Sprint Corp. rebuff a takeover bid by Dish Network Corp. and compete with Dish in pursuit of Clearwire Corp., Sprint and Dish will now work together.
Sprint, the Overland Park, Kan.-based telecom company, and Dish, the Englewood, Colo.-based satellite television provider, announced Tuesday that they’re teaming up to provide wireless broadband internet service on a trial basis. The service will debut in Corpus Christi, Texas, by mid-2014, and the companies plan to expand the service to additional markets after that.
Under the arrangement, Dish will handle the installation of routers that receive a signal transmitted on Sprint’s spectrum.
“This trial with Dish has great potential as it combines the key capabilities and assets of both companies to provide another option to customers with limited broadband access,” Michael Schwartz, Sprint’s senior vice president of corporate and business development, said in a statement. “This demonstrates Sprint’s ongoing commitment to identify and develop new and innovative products and services that maximize the use and utility of our spectrum and flexible network infrastructure to the benefit of customers and shareholders.”