DirecTV's Exit from AWS Spectrum Auction Refocuses Attention on Mobile Satellite Spectrum

Aug 15, 2006, 01:00 ET from Telecom, Media and Finance Associates, Inc.

    MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Telecom, Media and Finance
 Associates, Inc. (TMF Associates), the specialist Mobile Satellite Services
 consulting firm, today predicted that the exit of Wireless DBS LLC (a
 partnership of DirecTV and Echostar) from the FCC's ongoing AWS spectrum
 auction will refocus attention on alternative spectrum bands, and
 particularly on the spectrum allocated to Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)
     In recent years, the FCC has moved to permit use of MSS spectrum for
 integrated satellite-terrestrial services. Deployment of terrestrial base
 stations, known as Ancillary Terrestrial Components or ATC, will enable MSS
 operators to provide service in urban areas and inside buildings which
 satellite signals are too weak to penetrate. This will provide a workable
 alternative option for deployment of a new national wireless network.
     TMF Associates published the first comprehensive assessment of the ATC
 opportunity, entitled "ATC: The Future of Mobile Satellite Services?" in
 February 2006 and has recently released an update to the report as part of
 its new continuous information service on the Mobile Satellite Services
 (MSS) industry.
     Tim Farrar, author of the report, commented, "MSS operators will need
 to secure major partners, in order to fund the US$3B+ projected cost of
 terrestrial base station deployment and to secure adequate mass-market
 distribution channels. We have maintained that the optimum partner for MSS
 operators would be a satellite TV operator such as DirecTV or Echostar,
 because of their compelling need to develop new wireless and broadband
 service offerings, and the shortage of alternative spectrum options for
 deploying a nationwide wireless network. Such a partnership could generate
 as much as US$5.3B in annual service revenues by 2015.
     "The exit of Wireless DBS from the AWS auction means that DirecTV and
 Echostar will now have to focus on alternative sources of spectrum. They
 could opt for a partnership with either Craig McCaw's Clearwire, which
 operates in the 2.5GHz band, or with one or more MSS operators. Although
 Clearwire's network is already operational, the national footprint of MSS
 operators may prove a decisive advantage in the long term."
     For more information about the report, and details of TMF Associates'
 work on ATC, see
     The report forms part of TMF Associates' newly launched information
 service on the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) sector. More details are
 available at
     TMF Associates, headquartered in Menlo Park, California, is a leading
 consulting and research firm providing business and technical analysis in
 satellite, wireless and broadband telecommunications. The firm specializes
 in Mobile Satellite Services, including Ancillary Terrestrial Component
 (ATC) technology, and works with operators, investors and equipment
 manufacturers to analyze complex market issues. For additional information,
 please visit
      Tim Farrar, President
      Telecom, Media and Finance Associates, Inc.
      650-839-0376 or
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