Dish Network has 7 years to build out 70% of its LTE network
In addition to the expected power considerations that would be required, the FCC further released more details that Dish Network must adhere to in order to keep its licenses valid. The company, or soon to be “carrier,” will have to build out 70% of its network within 7 years, or 10% per year.
There are other performance metrics contained within that 7 year time frame. If the company is not on track with 40% completion in four years, then the remaining 30% will have to be completed within the following two years. Dish’s licenses to remaining uncovered areas (like the final 30%) will expire if the 70% completion threshold is not met. While there is no direct financial impact, the prospect of licensing at risk is indeed a very strong revenue generating motivator.
source: FCC (1, 2) via Engadget and Electronista
1. Dr.Phil (Posts: 863; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Not to disrespect any Sprint fans, but I am more so hoping that Dish partners with Google. We need a company that isn't a major carrier to come in and disrupt the status quo. And with Google, everything would be taken care of via data only instead of having to use a voice, messaging, and data plan like Sprint would probably want done.
2. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Dish should just buy T-metro and form under google or partner with and just kill the fourth and third position with one stone. Run it with a hybrid CDMA/GSM network at well see how long AT&T will hold on for.
3. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
um no thanks on the hybrid, i've already got enough radios running gsm/lte, no need for yet another one. CDMA is inferior anyway, not to mention a dead end tech now
4. tidus28 (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Feb 2012)
as long as they dont partner with sprint i will be happy