Dish Scrapping Bid for LightSquared
Dish Networks is ceasing its attempt to purchase LightSquared, the failed mobile broadband company. Dish Networks hoped to acquire the company for its spectrum assets, which it planned to use for its own mobile broadband service. Dish has been trying to break into the wireless business for years, and thought LightSquared's assets could help it do that. Dish did not immediately say why it was terminating its bid. LightSquared wanted to launch a nationwide LTE network using L Band spectrum, but was stymied by concerns regarding interference with neighboring spectrum.
Dish Says It Will Bid On 600MHz Spectrum
Dish Networks has told the FCC it intends to "meaningfully participate" in the reverse auction for 600MHz airwaves scheduled for next year. "The incentive auction offers opportunities for competitive providers and new entrants to bid on and win much-needed lowband spectrum, which will facilitate the deployment of mobile broadband services," said Dish Senior Vice President Jeffrey Blum in the filing with the agency.
FCC Commish Calls to Question Dish's Auction Discounts
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is objecting to Dish Networks' claim on more than $3 billion in discounts in the recently closed AWS-3 spectrum auction. Dish did not bid directly on any spectrum.
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.
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.