There still is no end in sight to the voracious appetite of wireless operators for additional spectrum. The acquisition of spectrum by mobile operators, who gets what, what they are willing to pay, where they are acquiring, is a rather intimate look into some of the expansion strategies and markets the players are interested in. And there are some strange players emerging.
Dish Network is walking away as the grand winner of the H-block auction, which started Jan. 22 and came to an end a few days ago. The government will add $1.564 billion to its coffers with its auction of 176 economic area spectrum licenses in the upper 1.9 GHz band.
To me, that is a bit of an eye-opener. While is still unclear exactly what they will do with that spectrum, they are, obviously, gearing up for some sort of wireless play.
Speculation is that Dish may be looking to get into the wireless carrier business directly to corner a share of that that lucrative voice and Internet pie. Or perhaps lease it to other companies such as Google. Dish, which already provides TV Everywhere, wants to be able to provide wireless on the go. TV Everywhere service allows customers to use their wireless devices anywhere they travel to watch Dish Network programming. Whichever emerges as their wireless business model, certainly they will be a player in this market.
— Ernest Worthman, editor, AGL Small Cell Magazine