Jul 6, 2017

Amazon and Dish talk wireless

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The WSJ confirms an earlier report from Satellite Business News that Amazon is talking with Dish Networks about getting involved in the wireless space.

  • Wait, what? Dish has been looking to use wireless spectrum it's amassed in recent years. Amazon could partner with a wireless network in a number of ways, the Journal notes, like powering delivery drones, offering mobile service to customers of its Prime service or boosting its streaming video offering.
  • But, but, but: The initial report on the talks came in May, but an announcement never materialized. The Journal reports that Dish has spoken to other tech companies about partnering, as well.
  • The bigger picture: It's a busy season of partnerships and mergers for telecom companies, with multiple possible combinations on the table. That's especially true in wireless — which is attracting interest not just from tech but major cable companies like Comcast and Charter.

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