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Dish Taps Sprint for 4G Trial in Texas

Dan Jones
12/17/2013
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Dish revealed Tuesday that it plans to use Sprint's 4G spectrum to try out a fixed broadband service deep in the heart of Texas next year.

Sprint and Dish "plan to jointly develop and deploy a fixed wireless broadband service, on a trial basis, in Corpus Christi, TX that will be available in the middle of 2014," the pair said in a press release. "The service will initially be available in limited areas of Corpus Christi with a plan to expand into additional markets in the future."

Depending on location, Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) will install either a "ruggedized outdoor router" or an indoor system to beam broadband to the site. The service will use the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) 2.5GHz spectrum for Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) 4G service, sometimes called TD-LTE too. (See: Defining 4G: What the Heck Is LTE TDD?)

Sprint said the service, which uses technology originally deployed by Clearwire, offers downloads of 50-60 Mbit/s at the moment. It can boost that download speed up to 2 Gbit/s over time through its Spark network overlay program.

Why this matters
Dish has its own spectrum that it could use for a fixed wireless service. The trial with Sprint, in which Dish was trying to grab a stake just a few months ago, suggests that it is easier for the operator to use someone else's network than build one on its own right now. Dish has a similar mobile broadband deal in place with the regional operator Ntelos Inc. (Nasdaq: NTLO)

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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albreznick
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albreznick,
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12/18/2013 | 10:50:52 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
Thanks, Dan. I'll be as gentle as I can next time I'm out in Denver visiting Charlie at the ranch.
Dan@LightReadingMobile
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Dan@LightReadingMobile,
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12/18/2013 | 6:22:44 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
I'll leave that to you Alan. Be gentle.
albreznick
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albreznick,
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12/18/2013 | 5:38:23 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
Yep, i agree. Now who wants to be the one to break the bad news to him? 
tb100
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tb100,
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12/18/2013 | 1:18:48 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
Here's another article I found that talks about Dish's 700MHz spectrum:

http://www.dailywireless.org/2011/08/25/dish-networks-700-mhz-spectrum-how-goes-it/

 

Of course that was years ago. They may have sold it off since then.
Dan@LightReadingMobile
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Dan@LightReadingMobile,
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12/18/2013 | 12:46:20 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
Well, he needs to pick one or the other and get it started ASAP.
albreznick
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albreznick,
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12/18/2013 | 12:40:23 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
Makes sense to me, Dan. Unfortunately for Mr. Ergen, he hates to spend the dough and he hates to partner. So we'll see which is the lesser of 2 evils for him.
Dan@LightReadingMobile
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Dan@LightReadingMobile,
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12/18/2013 | 12:30:23 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
Interesting!

Thanks.
Dan@LightReadingMobile
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Dan@LightReadingMobile,
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12/18/2013 | 12:25:32 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
If I knew that Alan, I'd be a mind reader!

Seems to me that, in an ideal world, he wants a nationwide 4G network to layer in with his services. Just doesn't seem willing to spend the years and 10s of billions it would take to make that happen.


So, to me, the likely outcome is partnering with a mobile provider and sharing the spectrum. Possibly this trial is the start of that process?

 

But then again... :-)
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tb100,
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12/18/2013 | 12:19:20 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
I just remember a lawsuit a while back about Dish wanting to use spectrum it got from Terrestar that is right next to Sprint's.

Here's an article talking about the suit settlement:

http://tmfassociates.com/blog/2011/11/04/sprints-fundraising-efforts/
albreznick
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albreznick,
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12/18/2013 | 12:15:24 PM
Re: Dish's spectrum
So what do you think Charlie really wants, Dan? He's never going to sell out Dish because he probably thinks he's going to live forever, along with John Malone and rupert Murdoch.   
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