Dish Network says it recently completed a test of an LTE fixed wireless Internet technology that delivered 20 to 50 Mbps using 2.5 GHz BRS spectrum, reports Fierce Wireless. Dish conducted the tests with regional wireless carrier nTelos, but said it would deploy virtually the same service if it is successful in purchasing spectrum from Clearwire.
Dish installed antennas on the rooftops of participants to test its fixed wireless LTE Internet service. Dish, of course, has some 14 million satellite tv subscribers in the United States.
Dish hopes to buy approximately 25% of Clearwire for $4.40 a share. They won the nod of Clearwire’s board yesterday.
Dish inked an agreement with nTelos in May for a fixed-mobile broadband offering, though at the time the companies didn’t provide many details on what they planned to do. nTelos is a provider of PCS services to customers, based in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Dish says it’s LTE consumer premises equipment, mounted on a roof, will pickup tower signals much better than indoor CPE devices.
Dish may eventually use Clearwire spectrum to provide local wireless broadband on top of consumers’ homes. Dish might even provide small cell mobile service via their own 2.1 GHz PCS spectrum or their downstream 700 MHz 6 GHz channel (although that aspect is just speculation).
Dish also said it partnered with Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent on two wireless tower test sites using BandRich ruggedized outdoor routers with built-in antennas for LTE. The LTE-Advanced standard includes TD-LTE for two-way communications on a single 20 MHz channel. Optus has launched TD-LTE across Canberra, Brisbane and the Gold Coast using a Huawei E5776 LTE/WiFi modem with 4G in four spectrum bands — 700MHz, 1800MHz, 2.3GHz, and 2.5GHz.
Apple, LG, and ZTE plan smartphones for China Mobile’s TD-LTE system which is expected to have 200,000 basestations by year end. ZTE has completed the first TDD-based voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call on the 2.6 GHz band using a smartphone with a 13-band Marvell chipset.
IHS forecasts that China Mobile will sign up 228 million TD-LTE subscribers by 2017. That’s twice as many TD-LTE subs just for China Mobile than all the world’s LTE subs combined today.
The tests made use of nTelos’ 2.5 GHz BRS spectrum, at 2496 – 2690 MHz, the same spectrum that Clearwire owns.
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