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FCC clears look into 700MHz interoperability, 2GHz cell data

03/21, 1:05pm

FCC moves on possibly mandating 700MHz unity

The FCC in an Open Commission Meeting Wednesday morning unanimously voted to pursue possibilities for significantly improving 4G's use in the US. It would verify whether there would be any adverse effect to making the 700MHz A, B, and C blocks of spectrum interoperable, letting one roam on the other. Agency officials would want outside input on what the rules would be if there were little to no interference, as well as whether any interference might be cut back.

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Dish wraps up deals to buy TerreStar, DBSD for 4G wireless

03/13, 1:50pm

Dish completes buyout of TerreStar, DBSD

Dish Network has now completed its court-approved purchases of satellite operators TerreStar and DBSD. The satellite TV provider plans to use the operators' wireless licenses to offer 4G cellular access and thus compete with cable TV and phone companies. This would be a first for a satellite provider, as they can't provide Internet access to many homes and when they can, the speeds aren't as fast as those offered by cable providers.

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FCC delays decision on letting Dish make pure 4G network

03/02, 11:15pm

FCC says Dish must wait on 4G waiver

The FCC on Friday delayed a decision whether or not Dish could get a waiver for a satellite-free version of its proposed 4G phone network. The agency decided that the "rulemaking process" was necessary for the public good. It didn't give details of when a decision was expected, although claims by a pair of Reuters sources had a decision targeted for the end of the year.

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Dish exec: we have an 80% chance of succeeding in cellphones

02/23, 12:55pm

Dish CEO positive on cellphones if FCC clears it

Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen believed his company had an 80 percent shot at succeeding with its potential 4G phone network. It hinged on the FCC giving the LTE network a waiver to run, but he called it both a core part of Dish's plans. Cellphone service could even be a "transformative strategy," Ergen said.

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Court approves Dish's $1.38b buyout of TerreStar

07/08, 5:55pm

4th deal this year for Dish founder Charlie Ergen

A US Bankruptcy Court in NY has approved Dish Network's proposed purchase of TerreStar. The deal has been valued at $1.38 billion. The main asset that Dish will be getting is the bankrupt satellite communications provider's 20MHz of wireless spectrum.

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Dish the only bidder for TerreStar as MetroPCS gives up

06/28, 1:25pm

Dish now near certain buyer for TerreStar

Dish Network's hopes to buy out TerreStar may have come true as reports have surfaced Tuesday that it's now the only bidder for the satellite smartphone creator. A deadline Monday night has passed with only a nearly $1.38 billion bid from Dish still around, giving it a near-certain win. Cellular carrier MetroPCS had considered a bid to get much-needed wireless spectrum, Reuters says, but has since backed out for unknown reasons.

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Terrestar near taking $1.2 billion-plus bid from Dish

06/14, 7:10pm

Outbids MetroPCS and others

Dish Networks is close to reaching an agreement to purchase bankrupt satellite smartphone provider Terrestar Networks for $1.2 to $1.4 billion, according to a Reuters report on Tuesday. Terrestar declared bankruptcy in October of last year and its assets include wireless spectrum.

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TerreStar's Genus satellite phone now on sale to home users

11/22, 5:25pm

TerreStar opens satellite phone to home users

TerreStar today opened the doors to its Genus satellite smartphone and began selling it to the wider public. The once work-only phone can now be bought just for personal use. Its creator imagines it being used by wilderness hikers, boaters and others who might leave cell coverage but still need to get online.

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Satellite phone carrier TerreStar declares bankruptcy

10/20, 10:10am

TerreStar files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

As expected, satellite phone maker and carrier TerreStar Networks has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a Tuesday report. The company and 12 of its affiliates had more than $1 billion of liabilities, with $1.4 billion of assets and $1.64 billion of liabilities as of June 30. TerreStar's largest secured creditor, satellite TV provider EchoStar, will help TerreStar with $75 million of operating capital to keep it working through the bankruptcy.

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TerreStar near bankruptcy despite satellite smartphone intro

10/18, 3:50pm

TerreStar satellite phones may face bankruptcy end

In spite of just releasing its Genus satellite smartphone, Terrestar may already be on the edge of bankruptcy after a scoop today. The company is reportedly in talks with creditors and could file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as early as Sunday. The WSJ hints that TerreStar would already have a restructuring plan in place and would have both $75 million to last the reorganization and stock sales to help clear the $1 billion in debt.

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TerreStar Genus satellite phone finally reaches AT&T

09/21, 11:05am

TerreStar Genus ships with satellite and GSM

After almost a year's delay, AT&T today began selling the TerreStar Genus. The Windows Mobile 6.5.3 phone is the first of any OS to include both a satellite phone and a traditional cellphone in one device. It can switch to satellite for a connection in very remote areas where even GSM isn't an option. Using satellite access carries a monthly premium, but the service uses only one phone number and serves as a boost to roaming coverage in the US.

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Hedge fund plans US-wide 4G data network

03/29, 6:00pm

Harbinger Capital Partners to launch 4G network

Harbinger Capital Partners, a New York-based hedge fund, has last week revealed it plans to build a nationwide LTE network using terrestrial spectrum that is owned by satellite networks. The firm filed its plans with the FCC on Friday, after getting approval to purchase North American satellite network operator SkyTerra. The company plans on being wholesale only and offer data services exclusively, and use an open access platform. It could become a competitor to LTE networks from established wireless providers that include AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

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AT&T picks up TerreStar Genus satellite phone

09/30, 2:05pm

AT&T Genus phone has cellular, satellite support

AT&T on Wednesday announced it has partnered with TerreStar Networks to offer the Genus, a rare dual-mode cellular and satellite smartphone. The Windows Mobile-based, keyboard-equipped handset uses AT&T's 3G and GSM/EDGE phone networks most of the time but can tap into the satellite for a connection in remote areas where no cellular coverage is available, such as offshore or in the wilderness. Its 2.6-inch display is touch-capable, while Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi are all built-in.

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AT&T to launch TerreStar 3G/satellite phone in 2009

04/03, 5:05pm

AT&T TerreStar phone

AT&T has plans to launch a hybrid smartphone capable of both 3G and satellite connections sometime in 2009, reports say. Working in conjunction with TerreStar, a provider of voice and data networks via satellite, the branded handset will have coverage in the mainland US as well as Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. It is being marketed mainly at travelers and sailors, who would not otherwise receive a signal in many remote areas.

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