Dish to Launch Commercial Fixed Wireless in July?

Dish Network is scheduled for a commercial launch of fixed wireless service this July, reports CED. Dish is using nTelos’ 2.5 GHz wireless spectrum.

Dish and nTelos last year announced a trial network in Virginia, pulling speeds of 20-50 Mbps. The companies activated two wireless tower test sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

nTelos has a partnership with Sprint and is using Exalt ExploreAir, among other vendors for backhaul. NTelos uses Ericsson basestations which can be installed directly next to Dish’s TV satellite antenna. They will add 800 & 2500MHz to their current 1900MHz LTE platform.

Dish announced in December plans to enter into a fixed mobile broadband trial with Sprint. It’s similar to Dish’s deal with nTelos. The Sprint trial network is expected to start by mid-2014 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dish is still looking for a partner to host its AWS spectrum. It also has cleared deals with Disney for a streaming video service that could cost $20-$30/month.

Perhaps a spectrum swap is in order.

How about this; Sprint trades 40 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum for 20 MHz of Dish’s H Block/AWS-4 spectrum. Each side could maintain their independence.

Then Dish could partner with whomever — Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Google for their AWS wireless service. Rooftop fixed/small cells could use some backhaul — and 2.5 GHz might be just the ticket.

Just idle spectulation.

Posted by Sam Churchill on .

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