Charlie Ergen insists that Dish Network Corp.'s bid for a big stake in Clearwire LLC is the best option for shareholders, but his confidence that Dish will win out is waning. (See Dish Puts In Rival Bid for Clearwire.)
The offer isn't illusory, as Sprint Nextel Corp. would like everyone to believe, the Dish chairman insisted at Monday night's D: Dive Into Media conference. "But the deck is stacked against us," said Ergen, who's known for his prowess at the poker table. (See Analyst: Dish's Clearwire Bid Has Slim Chance.)
Ergen still thinks building a wireless network was the ideal outcome for Dish, as selling its spectrum was not the company's original intention. However, the delay in getting spectrum approved for terrestrial-only purposes made the build-from-scratch option "outside the grasp of reality … it's better to probably work with someone who is in the business." (See Dish Spectrum Gets Clearance for Takeoff.)
Ergen also said Dish had plans to use its struggling Blockbuster Inc. chain to sell wireless products, but complained that the regulatory environment has hindered that idea too. "Because we got delayed on wireless, it hasn't worked out exactly as we planned," he said. (See Dish's Latest Buy Is a Blockbuster.)
So, what's the plan if the Clearwire bid doesn't work out? Ergen's still keeping those cards hidden.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable
re: Does Dish Have a Plan B? At one point T-Mobile and AT&T were mentioned as possible Dish partners, though at this point I wonder if Dish had any real shot at those, or if there were more along the lines of wishfull thinking.-α That speculation also came into play well before the latest round of spectrum deals. JB
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.