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EchoStar won chunk of fed's 700 MHz auction


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#1 OFFLINE   FTA Michael

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 03:59 PM

"EchoStar won sizable amounts of spectrum in the government’s 700-Megahertz wireless spectrum auction – and Cox Communications emerged as the largest winning cable entity – but the biggest slices went to Verizon Wireless and AT&T, the Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday."

EchoStar's winning bids totalled $711 million.

Much more at Multichannel News: http://www.multichan.../CA6543745.html
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#2 OFFLINE   dgordo

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:08 PM

What do they plan to do with the spectrum?

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:53 PM

Probably wireless internet and possibly portable TV.

Here's the FCC auction page for anyone interested:
http://wireless.fcc....n_summary&id=73

#4 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:53 PM

Echostar will set up a multichannel television distribution network across the country to compete with the entrenched cable and satellite companies......


Well, it would be interesting. ;)
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#5 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:49 PM

Receivers "phone home" via 700 MHz ... and report where they are via triangulation. :D

Probably the last thing on Echostar's list of uses. I can see portable internet and video (similar to Qualicomm's TV offerings).

#6 OFFLINE   jclewter79

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 07:49 PM

Is this the analog TV spectrum? Nevermind, I read the link and answered my own question.:)

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 09:48 PM

Yep ... E* bought most (geographically) of band "E" ... currently Channel 56.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:09 PM

Dish could retransmit HD locals off of cell towers to free up bandwidth off of the satellites.

This could change the whole competition between Dish and Direct on HD locals. Cell phone antennas, transmitters and receivers require very little power and space. And, the hardware has really become cheap.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:18 PM

I'm expecting a "DISH Mobile" service for those 7" screens that are appearing in vehicles. A selection of SD channels with enough resolution to look good on a small screen. Don't sit too close! :)

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:28 PM

I'm expecting a "DISH Mobile" service for those 7" screens that are appearing in vehicles. A selection of SD channels with enough resolution to look good on a small screen. Don't sit too close! :)

But, would that be legal in a front seat situation?
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Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:41 PM

It depends on state laws. I don't believe there is a federal restriction.
PQ on a 7" screen is still important ... but imagine "PocketDISH LIVE". :D

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 02:12 AM

Using 700 Mhz for mobile phone services is useless. They have enough bandwidth for that anyway. Did they take 800 Mhz for that. They should use it for broadband internet so you can get broadband in areas that can't get it now not more wireless mobile phone services.
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 05:50 AM

Here is the 8-K:

http://dish.client.s...id=1415404-08-5

Item 8.01. Other Events.



A wholly-owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation participated in the auction of 700 MHz wireless spectrum designated by the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") as Auction 73 (the “Auction”). On March 20, 2008, the FCC disclosed that the subsidiary was the provisional winning bidder of 168 E Block licenses in the Auction totaling $711,871,000 and representing coverage of 76% of the U.S. population. While the bidding in the Auction has ended, the FCC has not yet awarded any of the licenses to winning bidders nor is there any prescribed timeframe for the FCC to review the qualifications of the various winning bidders and award licenses.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 11:06 AM

Dish Networks, sat TV provider, has won a block of the 700MHz band in the FCC's recent auction

http://gizmodo.com/3...-win-means-what

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 11:12 AM

An analyst with The Carmel Group (which Dish relied on in its lawsuit against a supposed pirate) says Dish might use it for wireless internet and voice.

Not much else new here: http://www.rockymoun...th-of-wireless/
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 11:16 AM

Dish could retransmit HD locals off of cell towers to free up bandwidth off of the satellites.

This could change the whole competition between Dish and Direct on HD locals. Cell phone antennas, transmitters and receivers require very little power and space. And, the hardware has really become cheap.


That wouldn't be a bad idea. I have OTA already or better yet on demand?

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 10:28 PM

The spectrum in question came from the "E" block, and is primarily useful for one-way transmissions, meaning obviously that broadband is out. The popular consensus seems to be that the company is thinking about offering some kind of mobile TV service


http://www.dslreport...r-Cooking-92856

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 02:04 PM

Maybe this sheds some more light on the subject:

http://www.fiercemob...unch/2008-03-24

and this:

http://www.ft.com/cm...?nclick_check=1
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 02:22 PM

Another story about it at http://money.cnn.com...04_FORTUNE5.htm

"The company purchased what is known as "unpaired" spectrum, which generally allows for one-way communication, and which isn't ideal for a full-service wireless broadband network, according to analysts.

DISH could, however, create a wireless network focused solely on providing on- demand content to supplement its existing service. It could use a customer's existing Internet pipe for the two-way communication"


Also:

"The strategy makes sense, since the spectrum DISH purchased avoids the major markets and is focused on rural areas, where the company is strongest.

"Because they didn't pick up the larger markets, they are ceding the urban markets to others," Altman said."

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