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Dish’s LTE network won’t see the light of day until at least 2016

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Dish’s LTE network won’t see the light of day until at least 2016
While there was some chatter in the air about a possible buyout of Dish Network by AT&T, nothing has really come of it and it looks like Dish is now in negotiations with the FCC to sketch out its plans for its own LTE build out. Unfortunately, they are now in the midst of a disagreement on a realistic timeframe.

Essentially what it all boils down to is that Dish says it needs 4 years to reach 60 million customers and the FCC wants to see 90 million customers in 3 years. Dish says that it needs 48 months after the LTE Advanced specs are finalized just to buy and setup equipment and devices, upgrade its customer service and billing systems, add support for systems that meet regulatory requirements such as E911, and, of course, test the service. In essence, Dish says it cannot realistically build and launch a LTE network until 2016.

Dish also argues that other companies that were better positioned for LTE rollouts were offered much more lenient deals. For example, both Verizon Wireless and AT&T were granted 10 years to cover 75% of the population and T-Mobile was given 15 years for its deployment.

As far as the aforementioned AT&T deal, apparently Dish is not disillusioned to the undertaking they are about to embark on. Even as recently as earlier this month, the TV company made it clear that it is interested in partnering with wireless companies to launch its LTE Advanced Network. Chairman Charlie Ergen said, “We're talking to everybody out there that has some piece of the wireless business that we think can help us either as a vendor or a partner or a customer, whether that be in the chipsets, the handsets, the towers and so forth and so on.”

source: FCC via FierceWireless

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posted on 18 May 2012, 14:27 1

1. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


directv is better. that is all.

posted on 18 May 2012, 15:25

2. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


As all the cell carriers raise rates and lower your data limits its easy to see the promise of smart phones is over. Back to the days of SMS and voice. The IPhone was just a flash in the pan.......... rest in peace

posted on 18 May 2012, 16:16

3. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


As a Dish Net customer of many years, the rumor of them droping AMC at the end of the month better not be true. I will not be missing "Walking Dead" or "Hell On Wheels". Be glad to go to Direct TV or AT&T's U-Verse.....

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:27 1

4. johnfranckiv (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


As a Dish represenitve, they won't be.. :) No worries, walking dead will still be there.

posted on 18 May 2012, 22:42

5. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


John, you are now my hero.....

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 05:07

7. fishmilk (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


As a dish representative, you just lied. Guess that's a skill you took home with you. Your company dropped amc in a temper tantrum over being sued by VOOM HD, a subsidiary of amc. DISH violated contract with VOOM, and the amc drop is just a tactic to have the $2.8 billion lawsuit dropped after a judge gave DISH lawyers a verbal thrashing. You also will likely lose abc, cbs, nbc, fox, and their cable network subsidiaries over your autohop function, I'm sure there are no worries there either.

posted on 19 May 2012, 04:16 1

6. iShepherd (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well best of luck to Dish. The more wireless carriers the better, don't want some duopoly like ATT and Verizon calling the shots and racing each other to the bottom.

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