Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has generated a notable amount of attention as Dish competes against Japan's SoftBank for control of Sprint Nextel, the nation's third largest wireless carrier. However, Ergen's right hand man in wireless is Tom Cullen, a Dish EVP who heads up corporate development.
Dish Network has filed several trademark applications to utilize the brand Otto for voice recognition software that could be used to power both its satellite TV service and the mobile phone product it is developing.
Dish Network filed a trademark application last week for the brand "Racecar," which the company said could be used for a wireless broadband Internet service.
Sprint Nextel's bid to takeover Clearwire prompts questions regarding how it might integrate both companies' networks as well as speculation that the company is using Clearwire in a game of spectrum chess against other potential acquirers such as Dish Network.
Dish Network stock jumped more than 2 percent Wednesday, after the FCC announced late Tuesday that Dish could use wireless broadband spectrum it acquired from TerreStar and DBSD North America to launch a wireless phone and high-speed Internet service.
It may have been coincidence, but Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen last week was somewhere in Asia--perhaps Japan, home of Softbank--on undisclosed business just as a rumor broke indicating that Sprint Nextel ( NYSE:S ) had reached out to Dish regarding a spectrum-sharing partnership to enable mobile broadband development.
Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen is reviving speculation of a possible merger with DirecTV, telling a reporter at Bloomberg that he thinks the satellite TV providers would have a better chance at winning approval of a deal than when the companies attempted to combine assets a decade ago.
Dish Network is better positioned to one day launch a fixed wireless broadband Internet service that could compete with cable operators and other high-speed providers, following an agreement it announced Sunday with Cablevision.
The rising costs of sports programming will likely see a multichannel provider emerge that would look to attract cable and satellite TV subscribers with programming packages that don't include sports networks, Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen predicted Wednesday.
Dish Network ( Nasdaq: DISH ) chairman Charlie Ergen warned House members Wednesday of a threat that Verizon ( NYSE: VZ ) and its cable MSO partners could pose to consumers and rivals through their agreements to jointly market cable and wireless phone products, and to develop new innovations.