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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
Amendment to Master Network Services Agreement with T-Mobile
As previously disclosed in DISH Network Corporation’s (“DISH” or “we”) public filings, on July 1, 2020 we and T-Mobile US, Inc. (“TMUS”) have entered into a master network services agreement for the provision of network services by TMUS to us (the “MNSA”). The descriptions of the MNSA in those public filings are hereby incorporated by reference. As previously disclosed in DISH’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 (the “10-Q”), during the first quarter of 2022, we and TMUS reached a proposed settlement that would amend the MNSA in a manner that addresses a number of matters between the parties. On June 15, 2022, we and TMUS entered into a binding term sheet (the “Binding Term Sheet”) reflecting a proposed settlement and amendment to the MNSA, which differs from the proposed settlement reported in the 10-Q.
The Binding Term Sheet sets forth certain modifications of the pricing and certain other terms of the MNSA and resolves all outstanding disputes between the parties with respect to the MNSA. As a result, DISH will pay lower rates to TMUS, with these reduced rates applied retroactively to periods beginning January 22, 2022.
We have agreed to a minimum purchase commitment to TMUS of $3.3 billion over the course of the term of the MNSA (which term remains unchanged), subject to certain terms and conditions.
The Binding Term Sheet also removes certain restrictions on DISH’s ability to provide roaming services to customers within the TMUS network footprint. In addition, TMUS has agreed to provide nationwide standard domestic access and in-market roaming to DISH’s wireless customers within the TMUS network footprint (which includes areas within the markets where DISH is deploying its own 5G network).
Additionally, TMUS is providing certain assistance to us with respect to the Boost customers who have been migrated off of TMUS’s CDMA network. Such assistance includes the provision of replacement devices for CDMA customers and marketing support. TMUS agreed to transfer to DISH (subject to required regulatory approvals) all Boost branded customers of former Sprint affiliates, Shentel and Swiftel, as well as Boost branded customers who were previously part of the California Public Utilities Commission CARE program. We expect to receive more than 100,000 customers as a result of this transfer.
The parties agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to enter into definitive amendments to the MNSA relating to the contents of the Binding Term Sheet. If the parties are unable to enter into such definitive amendments, the parties will continue to be bound by the terms of the Binding Term Sheet.
The Binding Term Sheet is subject to approval by the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (the “DOJ”) in accordance with the Stipulation and Order filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (the “District Court”) and will become effective following approval by the DOJ. If the DOJ does not approve the Binding Term Sheet within 60 days following June 15, 2022, the Binding Term Sheet will be terminated, unless the parties agree to extend this period.
The description of the Binding Term Sheet above is not complete and is qualified in its entirety by the actual terms of the Binding Term Sheet, a copy of which will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2022.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
DISH NETWORK CORPORATION
Date: June 21, 2022
/s/ Timothy A. Messner
Timothy A. Messner
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
DISH and T-Mobile Expand Network Services Partnership
LITTLETON, Colo. and BELLEVUE, Wash., June 21, 2022 — DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) signed an amendment to the 2020 Master Network Services Agreement (MNSA) that provides customers of DISH’s retail wireless brands, including Boost Mobile, access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network.
The amendment, which will become effective upon approval by the United States Department of Justice, incorporates financial and operational changes, including improved pricing and enhanced roaming solutions for DISH 5G customers in consideration of an annual minimum revenue commitment through the remaining term of the MNSA.
“We are pleased to have reached new terms with T-Mobile that provide DISH with the ability to be more competitive and to meet our customers’ evolving needs,” said John Swieringa, president and COO, DISH Wireless. “DISH’s 5G network now covers more than 20 percent of the U.S. population, and this amendment gives our customers enhanced access to nationwide coverage and in-market roaming while we continue to deploy our own 5G network.”
“T-Mobile is building a national, Ultra Capacity 5G network with unprecedented capacity, which has put us in a unique position to support partners like DISH,” said Mike Katz, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile. “While DISH customers will benefit from our network, this deal also locks in a multi-billion dollar revenue commitment for our business. It’s a win-win.”
DISH is committed to providing competition in the wireless market as the nation's fourth facilities-based carrier and the company will continue to expand coverage of DISH’s 5G network.
The Term Sheet will not be effective unless it is approved by the DOJ by August 14, 2022.
About DISH Network:
DISH Network Corporation is a connectivity company. Since 1980, it has served as a disruptive force, driving innovation and value on behalf of consumers. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides television entertainment and award-winning technology to millions of customers with its satellite DISH TV and streaming SLING TV services. In 2020, the company became a nationwide U.S. wireless carrier through the acquisition of Boost Mobile. DISH continues to innovate in wireless, building the nation's first virtualized, O-RAN 5G broadband network. DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is a Fortune 200 company.
About T Mobile:
T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 5G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that create competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. For more information please visit: https://www.t-mobile.com.