Dish missing out on mobile deals while waiting for rulings, Ergen says

The satellite TV company wants a partner and needs more spectrum to succeed in mobile, Chairman Charlie Ergen said

By , IDG News Service |  Networking

In any case, the 40MHz of spectrum that Dish would get in AWS-4, around 2GHz, would not be enough to build its business, Ergen said. Dish wants some lower frequencies with longer range, such as in the 700MHz band where AT&T and Verizon operate, to better serve rural areas. T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint Nextel, Clearwire and other carriers also need more or different spectrum, he said. Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon, everyone's biggest competitors, have 100MHz or more.

"There's only two guys that don't need more spectrum," Ergen said. "But they say they do, but they don't."

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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