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Re: How much...
Because of the "Build out". It's just that. They are a Sat company, and so have to completely build a network of sites either as leased on others existing co-locations or build entirely new ones. There are also limited contractors that can handle such work. It's the same thing when 3g first hit and HDTV. Antenna needed to be upgraded or rebuilt and there was a shortage. In both of those cases, the owners (of the work- TV stations or a wireless provider) were simply doing what they already do, just upgrading. Dish has to start from scratch. Plus read the entire argument. Instead of having 30% coverage in 2015, they're planning on 60% at launch in '16. Nothing says that it can't happen faster, but with the current state of affairs (non-ratified specs, limited suppliers, able contractors for site building ((FCC licensed)....) they don't want to run into a roadblock when they're 4 months late, rather play it safe and bet on when they KNOW it can be done. No I'm not a Dish fan boy, I just have been in the industry for over 20 yeas and know how these things work.....
There may be plenty of "spots" in some areas, but the major population centers are very congested. The available spaces on many of these structures is at or below the tree line. And rooftop sites in these areas? Forget about it. All the good sites are taken and extremely difficult to get a workable space. Then you have to lease and zone the site. Even if you co-locate like Lightsquared did with Sprint, you still have space issues, structural issues, and leasing issues. Riding one of the Big 4 is the best way to go. Building from scratch will cost billions more and take a lot longer.