Google, Dish Network May Partner on Wireless Network

by Dan Holden | November 16, 2012


Google and Dish Network may have discussed the possibility of creating their own wireless carrier service, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal today.

Citing “people familiar with the discussion,” the WSJ article said the talks involved the possibility of a new service that would “rival” other networks, including AT&T and Verizon, but there’s no indication as yet that any tangible activity has resulted.

Dish Network already has some wireless spectrum that it purchased in 2008 for the purpose of creating such a network, and WSJ’s sources said the company has engaged in discussions with other unnamed companies about the idea as well. Google, too, bid on wireless spectrum in 2008, but lost to Verizon and AT&T.

Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen has said recently that potential partners include companies “who would like to be in the industry” and don’t yet offer wireless service. He did not name Google or any other of the companies. Others have speculated that AT&T may yet purchase Dish’s spectrum.

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