Dish finally has permission to become a full-fledged cellular network operator, though it remains to be seen whether it will actually become one. The FCC also set the wheels rolling for an auction next year of new 4G licenses that Sprint has been eyeing.
The Wall Street Journal has an eye-catching (if brief) post today documenting Dish Network CEO Joe Clayton’s claims the company has no interest in selling itself or its wireless spectrum. Dish Network has been at the center of much speculation when it comes to spectrum, particularly in the wake of AT&T’s failure to acquire T-Mobile USA. Dish is moving ahead with plans to build out a terrestrial network operating consumer handsets and other devices, and it claims it could have a nationwide network within three years after the FCC gives the nod. But the mobile game is very tough on new entrants, as Cox Communications can attest. So I still expect Dish to partner with an established mobile player as it moves beyond its traditional satellite TV business.