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How Dish Network Is Positioned as It Transitions to Connectivity

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How Dish Network Is Positioned as It Transitions to Connectivity PART 7 OF 19

How Dish Views the Trend of Cable Companies Entering the Wireless Arena

Dish’s view of cable operators entering wireless

Dish Network (DISH) stated during an earnings call that it believed the wireless industry would see much more consolidation going forward. Among the major cable companies, Comcast (CMCSA) has already ventured into the wireless industry by launching a wireless service. Comcast launched this wireless service by activating a 2011 MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) agreement with Verizon Communications (VZ).

How Dish Views the Trend of Cable Companies Entering the Wireless Arena

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Dish Network (DISH) was asked about this trend during its 2Q17 earnings call on August 3, 2017. The company noted that while it expected this trend to continue, it also expects the connectivity business to be a competitive industry.

Dish added that for companies like Comcast, activating a MVNO agreement may not be enough in the long run and that Comcast could pursue a bigger entry in the wireless industry.

Why are cable companies pursuing wireless?

Cable companies have been pursuing wireless technology due to the popularity of streaming content on mobile phones. This technology has led to an increase in mobile data traffic, and video traffic is a major component of mobile data traffic. This trend has also led to Dish Network’s spectrum becoming increasingly valuable.

As indicated by the chart above, Cisco’s (CSCO) VNI1 forecasts indicate that in 2019, video is expected to comprise ~75% of the mobile data traffic in the United States (SPY).

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