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Will new rules for 12 GHz transform Dish’s spectrum valuation?

One of the spectrum assets that Dish owns (see lead article) is the largest US share of the 12.2-12.7 GHz band, which could increase in value dramatically as operators seek new sources of 5G bandwidth, and particularly, access to ‘midband’ assets with better coverage, and lower capex bills, than millimeter wave (mmWave). After Dish, the second largest owner of 12 GHz spectrum is a small firm called RS Access, which has about 15% or the total. Last year, RS Access signed a spectrum lease and purchase deal with MDS America, which acquired 80 12 GHz licences in 2004-5. It is not just a spectrum asset trader, but has deployed 300 links across 60 active markets, its equipment supplied by UK-based…

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