On March 2, the International Bureau of the FCC approved the transfer of licenses from DBSD Satellite Services and TerreStar License, Inc. to Dish Network Corp. The licenses include gateway earth stations, earth terminals and ancillary terrestrial components (ATC). Dish Network had acquired the two satellite companies out of bankruptcy. Read more
According to Credit Suisse analyst Stefan Anninger, a seven-page FCC exparte AT&T penned may be a strong indicator of the carrier’s interest in buying up the 40Mhz S-band spectrum currently controlled by Dish Network.
After separate bankruptcy proceedings last year, Dish Network now holds DBSD North America, Inc. and TerreStar Networks, Inc. and their satellite spectrum licenses. Dish recently petitioned the FCC for an ancillary terrestrial component waiver that it says it will use to provide a wireless-hybrid 4G LTE network. Read more
Speculation is that Dish Network may move on establishing a full-service satellite broadband offering. In acquiring the TerreStar property, Dish gains control of approximately 20 Mhz of S-band wireless spectrum. Dish is still waiting for restructuring and completion of its $1.4 billion bid for DBSD North America, where it stands to gain an additional 20 Mhz block of S-Band spectrum.