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Dish may need partner for US mobile plan
17 August 2012
Chairman of US satellite TV company Dish says company is seeking wireless partner to launch LTE service
US satellite TV operator Dish Network will need to work with an existing wireless service provider in order to enter the mobile market, reports the Denver Post quoting company chairman Charlie Ergen.
Dish has wireless spectrum for services that would use satellite access as well as terrestrial base stations. But other companies are also launching LTE services.
Ergen told Denver Post: “The market continues to move ahead without us. We felt that we’d have an advantage entering with the new LTE technology. That advantage is becoming less by the day because our competitors are starting to deploy the new technology now and may be even more deployed than we can be since they have a head start.”
He said delays in receiving a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission prevented the satellite company from going ahead with the venture alone.
Dish Network invested $3 billion in buying bankrupt satellite companies TerreStar Networks and DBSD North America last year to get their 40 megahertz of spectrum. GTB
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