Dish Network has amassed an impressive swath of satellite spectrum it would like to leverage for land-based transmissions. But the expense and risks associated with building a broadband network has some industry insiders skeptical that’s the company’s actual goal. The company’s core competency, after all, is pay TV. When asked about the possibility of a spectrum flip, Dish declined to comment.
A consortium led by Microsoft will begin a technology trial in the UK this week that should pave the way for new mobile broadband networks that can support bandwidth-hungry smartphones. The BBC, British Sky Broadcasting and BT are among the consortium members to investigate how radio spectrum not needed for transmitting terrestrial television could be used for new wireless broadband networks.