Dish Network has 7 years to build out 70% of its LTE network

Dish Network has 7 years to build out 70% of its LTE network
It is not uncommon for performance goals to be mandated when a regulatory body grants an enterprise permission to embark on a project. Such as the case with the FCC, who just gave Dish Network the green light to use some of its spectrum holdings for purposes of building out a terrestrial 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. 

We do not have any inside knowledge of Dish’s project plan, but think this goal is attainable. Dish has the benefit in many areas where it will not need to build out infrastructure from the ground-up. Tower space is leased all the time, and there are infrastructure owners, like Crown Castle International that own and maintain tens-of-thousands of towers across the US for nearly every carrier. So yes, we think this is within Dish’s reach, even more so if rumored partnerships develop.

source: FCC (1, 2) via Engadget and Electronista



1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 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: Dec 17, 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: Mar 19, 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: Feb 08, 2012

as long as they dont partner with sprint i will be happy

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