Dish Network, the second- largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, filed a trademark for “Ollo” for their LTE-Advanced network.
Dish Network owns 40 MHz of spectrum in the 2 GHz band that it wants to use. Earlier this year Dish wrote a letter to the FCC (pdf) asking them for permission to build the network.
“According to two trademark applications Dish filed for Ollo on Nov. 9, the company would like to be able to use the brand for both mobile equipment and services, including mobile phones, tablets, and telecommunications services. Among the services Dish says the brand could be used for are wireless video, voice and broadband Internet access.”
Dish Network apparently plans to use a 2x 20 MHz configuration (20MHz up and 20MHz down), with potential speeds of over 600 Mbps. That’s double the bandwidth of Verizons 2 X 10MHz LTE system. LTE-Advanced features advanced modulation and MIMO antenna techniques to improve coverage and speed.
Dish CEO Joseph Clayton said earlier this month that the company would be open to wireless partnerships.
SNL Kagan analyst Mariam Rondeli says Dish is going to need a lot of money to build out the network, and might need to simply outsource their network rollout to someone like Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson, Huawei, or others.
Chairman Charlie Ergen purchased bankrupt satellite phone providers DSBD North America (ICO) and Terrestar Networks this year, as well as Blockbuster. That may allow Dish Networks to offer Internet video for mobile devices.
Sprint’s Network Vision was detailed recently. Sprint’s Network Vision plans to use their own Nextel frequencies (at 1.9GHz) and Lightsquared (at 1.6 GHz) as well as the 2.6 GHz band which they and Clearwire jointly own and operate.
Clearwire announced its own LTE-Advanced strategy in August which will use Time Division LTE (TD-LTE) on their 2.6 GHz spectrum.
Sprint owns about 54% of Clearwire which currently uses WiMAX. Clearwire warned that it could skip a debt payment coming due on Dec. 1, but that may be a “ploy” to win financial support from partner Sprint Nextel or another company, says Business Week. Clearwire gets most of its revenue from Sprint, which buys wireless capacity wholesale and then resells the service to its own customers.
The entire federal government now views LightSquared about as favorably as an envelope full of anthrax, says satphone analyst Tim Farrar. That may leave a space for Dish (and Facebook) to step in.
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