DISH Network Corp.
) together with
) announced that the two companies have decided to jointly
develop and deploy a fixed broadband network in Corpus Christi,
Texas. The network is expected to start from mid-2014 on a trial
basis. If successful, then the two entities may further extend
the broadband network to other areas.
The service will run on Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum for 4G Long
Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) network. DISH will
provide either a ruggedized outdoor router or an indoor system to
bring broadband to the site. DISH will also provide skilled
manpower for installing equipment in customer premises. Sprint
stated that the network will initially provide download speed of
50-60 Mbps, which can go up to 2 Gbps over time.
DISH, the second largest satellite TV operator in the U.S.,
has constructed an extensive wireless/satellite spectrum base
over the last couple of years. We believe DISH's attempt to enter
into the wireless market is a diversification strategy to counter
pay-TV market saturation. DISH Network enjoys the opportunity to
collaborate with several established telecom or tech companies to
jointly set up a wireless network.
Earlier this year, DISH failed in its attempt to acquire
Sprint, the third largest telecom operator in the U.S. Current
rumors in the industry suggest a possible merger between the two
major satellite TV operators, namely, DISH and
On Jun 17, 2013, DISH and
NTELOS Holdings Corp.
) jointly started providing fixed-mobile broadband network to
offer high-speed Internet service to areas served by NTELOS.
These include Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Maryland,
North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. NTELOS provides
wireless towers and other hardwires whereas DISH provides the
valuable wireless spectrum licenses. Currently, DISH has a Zacks
Rank #3 (Hold).
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