By Jody McCoy
Dish Network’s discussions about acquiring T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom AG have slowed down over concerns of valuation and structure, Alex Sherman of Bloomberg reported. Sherman noted that this lack of momentum calls into question whether any transaction will take place this year, especially since the two companies will soon begin focusing on the spectrum auction. “Dish and Deutsche Telekom would want to iron out an agreement in the next two or three months before focusing on the auction, the people said, and the halt in talks has made that timeframe unlikely. T-Mobile will eventually need more spectrum to continue growing, and a deal with Dish would let it avoid spending billions at government auctions,” Sherman wrote. The next move is Dish’s according to people familiar with the matter. Deutsche Telekom told the company what kind of offer it wants and so far Dish has come up short.