Dish to launch its own satellite broadband network
2012.08.16 13:47 by Daniela
Tags: Dish, satellite, broadband, network
Dish Network is reportedly launching a proprietary, nationwide satellite broadband network. While Dish already offers satellite broadband to select areas as part of a partnership with communications company ViaSat, the new service would utilize a satellite recently launched by Dish sister company EchoStar, people familiar with the matter say.
However, Dish may need a partner for the new venture:
"The market continues to move ahead without us," Ergen said in an interview from Dish's headquarters in Douglas County. "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."
"The only problem I see with the time that has gone by is that it's become increasingly risky for us to try to go it alone," Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen told the Denver Business Journal. "That process takes more than three years, and there's not any way to make that go faster, so we're probably going to lose that time-to-market advantage, because while we're handcuffed, AT&T and Verizon are continuing to plan and put in ways they can build that out before we can get there."
Separately, Dish Network is waiting on a decision by the Federal Communications Commission on its request to re-license satellite spectrum for earthbound use. Approval from the FCC will allow Dish Network to pursue launching its own mobile service or partner with a telecom operator seeking additional airwaves.
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