Reuters: Amazon’s Dish

July 26, 2023

Prime wireless service

Running Point and its chief investment officer, Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA, were quoted by Reuters in an article — by reporters Medha Singh and Yuvraj Malik“Dish Network partners with Amazon to offer wireless services” — regarding the implications of Amazon’s partnership with DISH Network to offer mobile phone service.

Benefits to Dish Network and to Amazon

A technology and consumer giant like Amazon creates huge ripples when it enters any market. In the capital intensive world of 5G mobile telecom, were service is increasingly a utility with heavy fixed costs, such a transference of demand could make or break a carrier.

Several possible benefits may accrue to Amazon from such a move including improving Prime member retention rates, allowing Amazon to slightly increase annual subscription costs because of the uplift in perceived benefits, attracting new customers to Amazon Prime, and providing Amazon a direct channel to the lucrative multi-billion dollar market of selling and financing mobile phones and possibly tracking mobile phone data.

Article excerpts are below:

“With its bulk buying power, Amazon can undercut pricing and potentially draw millions or tens of millions of consumers away from their current mobile plans and deliver customers at scale to a single carrier,” said Michael Ashley Schulman, chief investment officer at Running Point Capital.

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