& cplSiteName &

Dish's LTE Dreams Inch Toward Reality

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
2/16/2012
50%
50%

The latest on Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH)'s spectrum grab kicks off Thursday's cable news roundup.

  • Dish said a U.S. bankruptcy court has approved its reorganization plan for TerreStar Networks. The court cleared TerreStar and DBSD North America Inc. to sell their respective spectrum licenses to Dish in mid-2011. Dish has outlined plans to deploy a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network with that spectrum, though some have speculated that the company will likely try to sell its spectrum or strike a partnership with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) or a smaller carrier such as T-Mobile US Inc. . Dish says it's ready to begin to design and construct its high-speed wireless network once it gains Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of the license transfers and obtains waivers that would relieve a requirement that its spectrum be used on phones that support both land and satellite connections. (See Dish: This Year's LightSquared?, Will AT&T Gun for Dish? and Dish CEO Puts T-Mobile on His Wish List.)

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV)'s U.S. subscriber additions in the fourth quarter, at 125,000, were expectedly light, but the satellite TV giant made some serious hay in Latin America, where it added a better than expected 590,000 subs. DirecTV posted net income of US$718 million, up 16 percent year-over-year, on revenues of $7.46 billion, up almost 13 percent.

  • Trimming back video subscriber losses to just 16,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011 served as a shot in the arm for Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s stock Wednesday as shares increased 4.7 percent to $28.52, the largest intraday boost since September 2010, according to Bloomberg. (See Comcast Narrows Gap on Video Sub Losses .)

  • DSL Reports says that there are still some holes in Comcast's Docsis 3.0 upgrades, with users noting the absence of them in markets such as Ocala, Fla.; Danbury, Conn.; and Santa Cruz, Calif. (See Comcast 'Completes' Docsis 3.0 Rollout.)

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is getting closer to offering TV streaming on Android devices, extending a capability already offered on iOS devices, PCs and Macs. Company official Jeff Simmermom Tweeted Wednesday that the MSO is "working on bringing streaming TV to Android devices with ICS [Ice Cream Sandwich]. Should be ready by end of March/Q1. That date is VERY loose, though." (See TW Cable Streams Live TV to PCs.)

  • FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will talk regulatory turkey with American Cable Association (ACA) President and CEO Matthew Polka and independent cable operators on Wednesday, March 14 at the ACA Summit in Washington, D.C.

  • Competitive cable overbuilder Knology Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOL) ended the fourth quarter with 256,653 subs, a small 0.5 percent gain versus the year-ago quarter. Knology posted net income of $11.6 million, versus a net loss of $13.0 million, on revenues of $129.3 million, up 4.6 percent.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (2)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    joanengebretson
    50%
    50%
    joanengebretson,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:42:28 PM
    re: Dish's LTE Dreams Inch Toward Reality


    It's been reported that Dish is interested in sharing spectrum with AT&T. Seems like the sort of thing regulators would like because it keeps another player in the market. But it also seems like it would be difficult to actually implement unless the two companies create some sort of joint venture.

    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:42:24 PM
    re: Dish's LTE Dreams Inch Toward Reality


    And T-mob , too.  Looks like Dish is very willing to talk turkey with lots of potential partners; there's just no way that they'll give this a go alone, despite all the posturing (by them) that they can/will. JB

    Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
    NEXT COURSE
    Wednesday, September 14, 1:00PM EDT
    What Is Agile?
    Kent J. McDonald, Product Owner, Agile Alliance
    UPCOMING COURSE SCHEDULE
    Friday, September 16, 1:00PM EDT
    How to Implement Agile
    Alan Bateman, Director, Agile Transformation
    Wednesday, September 21, 1:00PM EDT
    What Is DevOps?
    Colin Kincaid, CTO, Service Provider, Cisco
    Friday, September 23, 1:00PM EDT
    How to Implement DevOps
    ,
    in association with:
    From The Founder
    Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat: UXP Systems' Gemini Waghmare

    8|26|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
    LRTV Custom TV
    F5 Virtual Network Function Integrations With Partner Orchestration Platform

    8|24|16   |   6:38   |   (0) comments


    F5's Kishore Patnam, product manager for F5's service provider solutions, discusses why service providers are moving towards virtualization and how his clients are utilizing F5's solutions.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat: Intel's Alexis Black Bjorlin

    8|17|16   |   06:23   |   (0) comments


    Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Accelerating Telecom Digital Transformation With Nominum DNS

    8|1|16   |   12:04   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading's Steve Saunders gets an update from Nominum CEO Gary Messiana on how his company is helping carriers on the digital transformation journey.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Reinventing Operations for a Virtual, Software-Defined World

    7|28|16   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


    Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Jim Hodges speaks with Accenture's Larry Socher and Matt Anderson about what service providers must do to transform their business to get the benefits of SDN and NFV including: leveraging DevOps, introducing real-time OSS and implementing analytics.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    Fujitsu Sales Leader Shares Lessons Learned

    7|27|16   |   5:12   |   (1) comment


    As Fujitsu's only female sales leader, Annie Bogue knows the importance of asking for what you want, being flexible (she's been relocated five times), keeping a meticulous calendar, 'leaning in,' working harder than everyone else around you, being aware and more.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    VeEX Test & Measurement Solutions

    7|25|16   |   08:57   |   (0) comments


    Cyrille Morelle, president and CEO of VeEX Inc., talks test and measurement with Light Reading's Steve Saunders at BCE 2016. This includes innovative products such as VeSion Cloud-Based platform for network monitoring; MTTplus Modular Test platform for Access, Business, Carrier Ethernet, Transport and Core services; and OPX-BOX+ for Fiber Optics.
    LRTV Custom TV
    VeEX: Live From BCE 2016

    7|25|16   |   03:20   |   (0) comments


    VeEX's Senior Director of Business Development, Perry Romano, explains how VeEX provides tools to help install, maintain, monitor and manage network infrastructure efficiently and effectively. The portfolio of products on display include the RXT-6000, MTTplus and TX300s.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Real-Time Telemetry & Analytics for Intelligent SDN Orchestration

    7|25|16   |   03:09   |   (0) comments


    Packet Design CEO Scott Sherwood discusses how real-time network telemetry and analytics are enabling a new breed of SDN orchestration applications.
    From the Founder
    The Russo Report: Driving Disruption

    7|25|16   |   07:44   |   (2) comments


    In the first episode of a four-part series, Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders and Calix President and CEO Carl Russo drive around town discussing the disruptive mega-changes in the communications industry and where hope lies for service providers to meet the escalating demands of the cloud.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NetScout: Maximizing Enterprise Cloud for Digital Transformation

    7|20|16   |   04:53   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading Editor Mitch Wagner talks to NetScout CMO Jim McNiel about maximizing the benefits of enterprise cloud and digital transformation while minimizing potential pitfalls with a proper monitoring and instrumentation strategy.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    Ciena's VP Offers a Career Crash Course

    7|20|16   |   4:14   |   (2) comments


    How did Ciena's Vice President of Sales, Angela Finn, carve out her career path? Simple, she tells WiC. She stayed true to her company, customers and principles. She shares her advice for women on how to be authentic and credible, as well as for companies that want to make a real change to their culture and practices.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
    November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
    November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 1, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
    December 6-8, 2016, The Westin Excelsior, Rome
    May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Hot Topics
    Cisco Developing 'Monica' Digital Assistant
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 8/22/2016
    FirstNet: A Billion-Dollar Boondoggle?
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/26/2016
    WiCipedia: Should Men Be Included? & Olympians Face Discrimination
    Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 8/26/2016
    Google Fiber Can't Be Called a Failure
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/26/2016
    Google Fiber Downsizing Not Confirmed
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 8/25/2016
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
    Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
    Animals with Phones
    Live Digital Audio

    Bridging the tech skills gap is a major challenge for service providers and suppliers alike today – and the challenge is two-fold when it comes to increasing the number of women in the comms space. Level 3 Communications has made it a priority to overcome both challenges by implementing several unique programs focused on building the right candidates from within – in addition to filling the funnel by supporting STEM and other education programs. During this radio show, you’ll learn about these programs from Mary Beth McGrath, SVP of Global Talent Management at Level 3, and the best ways to bridge your own skills gap so that you are motivated and equipped for change. Plus you’ll have the chance to ask Mary Beth your questions live on the air.