Policy

Study: DBS Will Seek WiMAX Partner

8/24/2006 8:55 AM Eastern

Wireless DBS, a joint venture of direct-broadcast satellite providers DirecTV and EchoStar Communications, will pursue a partnership approach for WiMAX after pulling out of the bidding in the Federal Communications Commission’s advanced-wireless-services auction (www.multichannel.com/article/CA6363090.html), according to a new study from ABI Research.

“The DBS operators are looking at how they can utilize wireless spectrum for two-way data services, as well as mobile-voice services," ABI principal analyst Michael Arden said in a prepared statement.

"The development of a mobile service connected to satellite-video service would be one more piece of a service bundle that would help to reduce customer churn and to create an opportunity for convergence of services such as broadcast and mobile video,” he added. “It looked as though they were well-positioned to become big players directly. However, given their lack of bidding success, they are going to have to rely on partnerships in provisioning mobile services.”

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