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

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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7 Comments

1. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

directv is better. that is all.

2. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 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

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.....

4. johnfranckiv

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

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

7. fishmilk

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

6. iShepherd

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 17, 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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