Amazon, Dish reportedly discussing wireless partnership


The latest on the discussions, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, follows a May report from Satellite Business News.

Dish is under a deadline from the Federal Communications Commission to build a wireless network by 2021.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Charlie Ergen, CEO of Dish, reportedly may be considering partnering on a potential wireless project.

Dish has been buying up spectrum, or radio frequencies that carry the data flowing through devices, making it a potential acquisition target for USA wireless carriers such as Verizon Communications Inc, according to industry analysts.

According to anonymous sources, Dish approached Amazon about the Internet of Things and a possible deal between Dish and Amazon Prime.

Bezos and Ergen have also been running into each other more frequently this year, sources tell the WSJ, noting that a partnership between the two CEOs and companies wouldn't be unusual.

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"With its own wireless network".

As part of a partnership, Amazon could also offer a one-way broadcast signal for its Prime video on Dish's airwaves, the Journal said, citing a person close to Dish's plans.

The potential network could also benefit Amazon from an internal perspective.

Dish Network is working on finding new sources of revenue while the smartphone and mobile device market is saturated.

An acquisition of Dish by Amazon is highly unlikely, the WSJ report added. The service makes Dish streaming-TV apps available on Amazon Fire devices.

For years, Dish Network has collected spectrum as rumors circulated about the company possibly entering the wireless game.