'Disappointing' AWS auction to spur WiMAX partnerships: ABI

29 Aug 2006

DBS operators in the United States have taken an aggressive approach to the advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum auction currently being held by the FCC, according to ABI Research.

A consortium called Wireless DBS, which included EchoStar, DirecTV, News Corp., Rupert Murdoch, and Charles Ergen qualified as a bidder. However, the DBS operators' bids, although initially among the highest submitted, were largely unsuccessful, and Wireless DBS had dropped out of the race.

This disappointment, the research firm noted, had put a damper on plans for the satellite players to launch their own mobile service based on WiMAX, and would likely pave the way for a WiMAX partnership with an operator such as Clearwire.

If that proved to be the case, it would represent a significant shot in the arm for the already vibrant WiMAX sector, ABI Research said.

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