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Google and Dish Network discussed partnership to build wireless network


Rumors by Andrew Kameka on Friday November 16, 2012.

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Google and satellite TV provider Dish Network have recently discussed the possibility of jointly building a wireless network to compete with carriers in the United States, according to the Wall Street Journal. Google and Dish held preliminary talks that "could amount to nothing" according to sources, but it also could lead to the two companies building a wireless network that would rival bigger carriers like AT&T and Verizon.

Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen declined to confirm holding talks with Google but confirmed that it is holding discussions with partners "who would like to be in the [wireless] industry." While it was originally believed that Dish would acquire or partner with a company that has an existing infrastructure, possible partners Sprint and T-Mobile have since reached pending merger deals with Softbank and MetroPCS. Google could be a potential partner because the company has a large amount of cash to invest in a new wireless venture. It also has a place in the mobile industry because of its relationship with Android manufacturers, and a desire to keep wireless access plentiful and affordable so consumers will continue to use Google's services.

Ergen has said in the past that it means to build a wireless network, but momentum for those plans stalled in March when the FCC denied the company's request for a waiver to build a wireless network until it could deliberate on the matter. Dish, which considered a deal with T-Mobile last year, has 40MHz of spectrum licenses that it hopes to use to build a 4G LTE network. The FCC has yet to determine if Dish will be allowed to use its spectrum holdings to build that network.

source: Wall Street Journal

 
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