June 18 (Reuters) - Satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp is nearing a $6 billion deal to buy the wireless assets of T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The U.S. Justice Department had wanted Sprint and T-Mobile to sell off additional assets including some wireless spectrum to create a new wireless competitor before agreeing to approve their $26.5 billion merger.
Last week, Reuters reported here that private equity group Apollo Global Management was in talks with Dish to finance a bid for the assets.
The Department of Justice declined to comment, while Sprint had no immediate comment. Dish and T-Mobile did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (bloom.bg/2XkyT8I)
Shares of Sprint were up 2.4% and T-Mobile 1%, while those of Dish were up marginally. (Reporting by Sayanti Chakraborty in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)