Dish Angling for LightSquared's Spectrum
Dish Networks is looking to win control over bankrupt LightSquared's spectrum assets in an auction scheduled for December. A judge will set initial terms for an auction of LightSquared's assets on Monday. Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen has been acquiring LightSquared's debt on the side, which gives him a say in how the auction of the failed company's spectrum assets is handled. If Dish comes to own LightSquared's L-Band satellite spectrum, it will be in a better position to make a play as a wireless network operator. Earlier this year, Dish failed to acquire Clearwire and Sprint, which it wanted for their spectrum assets. Dish believes it can use LightSquared's L-Band spectrum for uplink operations while using its existing spectrum assets for downlink operations. Dish wants to become a mobile network company, and this may be the opportunity that helps it achieve that goal.
3GPP Approves Band 66 for AWS Support
Dish Networks today said the 3GPP has approved the designation of Band 66, which encompasses a significant swath of AWS spectrum owned by Dish. Specifically, Band 66 pairs 70 MHz of uplink spectrum with 90 MHz of downlink spectrum in the AWS-1, AWS-3, and AWS-4 bands.
Dish Networks CEO to Retire
Dish Networks CEO Joe Clayton plans to retire at the end of March. Clayton will be succeeded by Dish founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen.
Verizon Annoyed By Dish's AWS-3 Bidding Tactics
Like AT&T, Verizon Wireless is upset with the tactics used by Dish Networks in the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction. It accused the firm of artificially raising prices by creating perceived demand where in fact there was none.
FCC Denies Dish $3.3 Billion in Auction Discounts
The FCC has officially and unanimously rejected Dish Network's $3.3 billion in AWS-3 spectrum auction discounts. Dish used three smaller companies, in which it owned an 85% stake each, to place bids on its behalf.