Amazon and Dish considering partnership in wireless business

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       Dish Network wants to diversify away from its shrinking core satellite TV business
Bloomberg Dish Network wants to diversify away from its shrinking core satellite TV business
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08 July, 2017

Ergen wants to leapfrog traditional networks geared towards mobile phones and build a 5g network, Dish explained in a May filing with the FCC.

Dish Network and Amazon have reportedly talked about forming a wireless business.

Indeed, the discussion around a potential partnership is in its nascent stage (and it may never happen), but it could be beneficial for both companies: Amazon has been increasingly branching out to mobile electronics, and Dish has, for some time now, expressed interest in building a wireless network.

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No Amazon-Dish deal is close, the sources of today's report caution, and it's not clear if the two companies' talks of a wireless partnership will even progress any farther.

So in the grand scheme of things, it makes sense that Amazon - with its expansive mission to create an online marketplace for nearly anything - may be thinking about wireless connectivity, too. Amazon already offers many services and sells smartphones, so a phone plan with Amazon Prime included isn't so insane.

"The idea of Amazon partnering with DISH may seem unusual, but their aspirations may be intersecting around connected devices and the IoT opportunity", Citi analyst Michael Rollins had written in a mid-May note. Another strategy could see Amazon offering Prime members a discounted rate for wireless connectivity (imagine if Amazon sold wireless data service for half of what you could get it anywhere else). Let us know by leaving a comment below!


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