DISH gives up some AWS-3 Spectrum to FCC

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Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless, two DISH Network companies, have surrendered a part of their AWS-3 Spectrum to FCC.

The final winning bids for Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless, two entities in which DISH invested with respect to the AWS-3 auction, will cover approximately 6.6 billion MHz-POPs.

The size of the winning bid to Northstar Wireless is $5.62 billion, covering approximately 3.7 billion MHz-POPs. The value of spectrum licenses retained by the FCC will be $2.2 billion covering approximately 690 million MHz-POPs. Northstar Wireless is expected to maintain 84 percent of the original MHz-POPs.

SNR Wireless will get licenses for $4.27 billion, covering approximately 2.9 billion MHz-POPs. FCC will retain the licenses worth $1.2 billion and cover approximately 629 million MHz-POPs. SNR Wireless is expected to maintain 82 percent of the original MHz-POPs.

DISH said the FCC initiative will not impact the eligibility of Northstar Wireless, SNR Wireless and DISH to participate in future auctions, including any re-auction of the AWS-3 licenses retained by the FCC.

DISH and Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless are expected to have an average of approximately 75 MHz of spectrum nationwide, covering over 23 billion MHz-POPs.

Baburajan K
editor@telecomlead.com

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