Dish Network and Sprint Corporation has revealed a plan to jointly develop and deploy a fixed wireless broadband service, on a trial basis, in Corpus Christi, TX that will be available in the middle of 2014. The service will initially be available in limited areas of Corpus Christi with a plan to expand into additional markets in the future.
DISH will install either a ruggedized outdoor router or an indoor solution to deliver the best possible broadband service to that site, however, everything is depending on a customer’s location. A built-in high-gain antennas to receive the 4G TDD-LTE signal on Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum, will be featured in both solutions. Dish is looking to bundle the service with its core satellite TV offering, giving it a broadband component.
With both the cable operators and the phone companies offering triple play services, it’s getting harder for satellite TV providers to compete with their lone video service. Corpus Christi just happens to be an AT&T U-Verse market.
Dish also announced plans for a similar pilot program launching early next year in Virginia, which is a partnership with Sprint’s regional wireless partner NTelos. Like mobile data plans, these services are typically far more limited in monthly data, but can be an alternative in areas where a wired connection is impossible. That makes them good for remote locations, but not binge watching Netflix.