Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Mobile Tech
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Sprint, Dish Network Team Up To Offer Fixed LTE at Home
Sprint, Dish Network Team Up To Offer Fixed LTE at Home

By Barry Levine
December 18, 2013 10:32AM

    Bookmark and Share
As the third-largest mobile phone provider and the second-largest satellite TV provider, Sprint and Dish Network both could benefit by offering broadband Internet via wireless LTE to the underserved 20 percent of the U.S. that has limited choices for broadband Internet. Most of that 20 percent is in rural areas.
 



Sprint and Dish Network are working together on a trial that could expand both of their businesses into broadband Internet. The companies announced Tuesday that they are jointly conducting an experiment with fixed LTE wireless service for residences, initially in some areas of Corpus Christi, Texas.

For the trial, which will begin in the middle of next year, an all-weather outdoor router or an indoor router will be installed in subscribing residences by Dish. The router will contain high-gain antennae for the 4G TDD-LTE signal, which will be delivered through Sprint's 2.5-GHz band. If the Corpus Christi trial is successful, the companies intend to expand into other markets, targeted at homes and businesses.

The companies said the joint trial combines the unique resources of both parties. Tom Cullen, Dish executive vice president of Corporate Development, said in a statement that his company offers "a workforce of professional technicians who visit thousands of homes every day performing professional installations for both video and broadband."

Sprint, Clearwire and SoftBank

Michael Schwartz, senior vice president of Corporate and Business Development at Sprint, told news media that the collaboration helps "identify and develop new and innovative products and services that maximize the use and utility of our spectrum and flexible network infrastructure."

Dish Network provides satellite TV to more than 14 million customers, and Sprint provides wireless and wireline phone/data service to over 54 million customers. Recently, Dish engaged in a bidding war with Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank for control of Sprint, but was not successful. Over the summer, Sprint, Clearwire and SoftBank merged.

In the trial, the companies are using Sprint's spectrum, not Dish's. Dish's technicians can readily install the wireless broadband router at the same time they are visiting a home to install a satellite TV receiver, meaning that Dish could begin to compete more directly with cable and phone companies that are providing phone and broadband Internet as well as TV. Dish is seeking to expand its business beyond the fairly saturated TV delivery market.

For Underserved Areas

Sprint's position as the third-largest mobile phone provider and Dish's as the second-largest satellite TV provider means that both could benefit by offering broadband Internet to the underserved 20 percent of the U.S. that has limited choices for broadband Internet. Most of that 20 percent is in rural areas.

Ken Dulaney, vice president at industry research firm Gartner, told us that this joint effort "only makes sense for the underserved areas," as there is enough broadband service available in the metropolitan areas. He also said that LTE fixed wireless doesn't always provide "great performance," so it might come out behind in a head-to-head competition in the cities.

The 4G expansion had been "part of what Clearwire was trying to do" before the merger in the summer, Dulaney added, so this trial project continues that direction.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Michael.:

Posted: 2014-03-06 @ 4:23pm PT
As long as they don't put insane data caps on it, and don't charge an arm and a leg, competing with cable as best as possible, just MAYBE, MAYBE.





 Mobile Tech
1.   T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T Promo
2.   Win Phone 8.1 Update Already on Way
3.   Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
4.   Samsung Postpones Tizen Phone
5.   Verizon Throttling Data Speeds


advertisement
T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T Promo
Says 'Best Ever Pricing' is a joke.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
Is the Amazon Fire Phone a Winner?
It coulda been a contender -- but isn't.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T's New Promotion
While Verizon Wireless is moving to throttle bandwidth hogs, a scrappy T-Mobile is taking on the giants with a limited-time promotion it hopes will drive up the churn rates of its wireless rivals.
 
Microsoft Update to Windows Phone 8.1 Already Coming
An update to Windows Phone 8.1 is on the way just weeks after the release of the product itself. Microsoft has begun detailing some of the update features to phone manufacturers.
 
Stanford Researchers Report Battery Breakthrough
Stanford researchers have found a way to use lithium in a battery's anode, a breakthrough that could triple capacity and has been described as the "holy grail of battery science."
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.