The highly anticipated purchase of Boost Mobile by DISH is almost here but not without a few last-minute deals to accompany it. DISH will also be partnering with not one but two experienced 5G vendors to help bring its 5G network to life. Radio specialists Fujitsu and Altiostar, a company specializing in Open vRAN solutions, will each be bringing their expertise, experience, and additional benefits as they work with DISH to bring state-of-the-art technology throughout the United States.
Fujitsu will be assisting DISH in distributing radio units (RUs) throughout the country. These RUs will help DISH and its vendors by connecting them using Low Band, Tri-Band RU, and Mid Band Dual-Band RU for its O-RAN radios. This makes it possible to bolster the cloud-native network throughout the country and DISH’s impressive collection of spectrum it has collected throughout the years. But radios aren’t the only thing Fujitsu is bringing to the table, the IT leader will also assist by providing a supply chain capable of integrating radios and antennas better than any other company in the industry. Fujitsu is also planning to handle hardware validation for many DISH vendors that will work to develop and expand DISH’s 5G network over the upcoming years.
Among those vendors is Altiostar, another company that has come to terms to partner with DISH as it builds its wireless network. Altiostar is an industry leader at providing Open vRAN solutions that will help DISH’s partners work to deploy its network and create a unique network that is set apart from the established competition DISH will soon find themselves competing against. The company is an excellent choice for DISH to partner with as it already has experience in making solutions just for such an occasion. Altiostar is responsible for helping Rakuten deploy its 5G network in Japan this year. The U.S.-based company is known for helping its clients with lowering their total cost of ownership and will look to help DISH in a similar capacity. Keeping its costs low will be beneficial as it continues to fight against altered revenues due to the coronavirus pandemic and embark on a multi-billion dollar buildout of its 5G network.
DISH has been connected to a mysterious partner ever since it was revealed that they planned on working with one back in December of 2019. Investors, industry-insiders, and more have been mentioning plenty of big names including Apple and Microsoft as potential partnership candidates. Using partners with the experience that Fujitsu and Altiostar bring will help DISH in several ways including both expansion execution and saving on costs. These partnerships may or may not be the ones mentioned months ago but they are a step in the right direction toward unleashing a powerful 5G network that will satisfy customers and compete head-to-head with established industry giants.
Source: Yahoo! Finance