DISH Designates AWS-4 as Downlink; 3GPP Working Group Completes Band 70 to Integrate DISH Spectrum with AWS-3 Spectrum
DISH files election with FCC to use AWS-4 spectrum (2000-2020 MHz)
Band 70 to combine unpaired AWS-3, AWS-4, and H Block into a single
efficient spectrum plan
Asymmetric Band 70 emphasizes downlink, aligns with consumer
broadband traffic trends
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Today, DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) filed a letter with the
FCC electing to use 20 MHz of AWS-4 uplink spectrum (2000-2020 MHz) for
downlink operations, resulting in all 40 MHz of DISH's AWS-4 spectrum
being designated for downlink operations. The FCC
provided DISH with the right to make this election in 2013.
DISH also announced that the RAN4 working group of the Third Generation
Partnership Project (3GPP), the global wireless standards body, last
week agreed on Band 70 specifications. Formal approval of the band is
anticipated later this month.
Band 70 combines three spectrum blocks encompassing DISH's current AWS-4
spectrum as downlink (2000-2020 MHz), DISH's H block downlink spectrum
(1995-2000 MHz), and unpaired AWS-3 uplink spectrum (1695-1710 MHz).
3GPP formal approval will enable the development of devices and
infrastructure that supports Band 70.
"Similar to Band
66 approved in December 2015, the asymmetric Band 70 includes a
greater proportion of downlink spectrum relative to uplink, enhancing
the overall utility of the spectrum as the growth of video and other
downlink-intensive traffic continues to increase," said Tom Cullen, DISH
executive vice president of Corporate Development. "Consumer trends
clearly support the efficient combination of different spectrum blocks
into a single, asymmetric band. Moreover, our AWS-4 election leads to a
better coexistence with the adjacent downlink PCS operations. We're
pleased with the working group level completion of Band 70 as these
standards efforts are a necessary step in developing the ecosystem."
DISH and the entities in which it has invested have on average almost 80
MHz of spectrum nationwide, covering over 23 billion MHz-POPs.
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides
approximately 13.874 million pay-TV subscribers, as of March 31, 2016,
with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most
choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with
more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and
award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a
Fortune 250 company. Visit www.dish.com.
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