Dish Looking to Follow in LightSquared's LTE Footsteps
Dish Networks has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to allow it to build a Long Term Evolution-Advanced 4G network using repurposed S-Band satellite spectrum it purchased from TerreStar. Dish has a 40MHz patch of spectrum and it is seeking the same exception granted to LightSquared by the FCC earlier this year to use the S-Band spectrum for terrestrial services. Dish believes that by offering mobile broadband it will be able to more effectively compete with other telco companies that can bundle voice, data, and video services together.
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 Seeking Cash for Possible T-Mobile Deal
Dish Networks is discussing loans of $10 to $15 billion with banks, reports the Wall Street Journal, which it would use to finance a merger with or acquisition of T-Mobile. Dish and T-Mobile are believed to be holding merger talks, though a deal is not imminent.
FCC Hands Out More AWS-3 Licenses to Auction Winners
The FCC has delivered more licenses to winners of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which concluded earlier this year. The bulk of licenses granted this week were given to Orion Wireless LLC and Geneseo Communications Services, and cover areas of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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.
telco is desperate
lets just hope their broadband is better then their tv service