DISH Network and FreedomFi have come together to provide a pilot program for the world’s first community-driven, neutral host CBRS hotspot network. This partnership puts DISH in an excellent position to drive the next generation of wireless networks that are cloud-native open source platforms utilizing OpenRAN.
The reason for the hype around open source platforms is that this technology opens a lot of innovative possibilities for developers to provide faster-to-market products and services. This partnership between FreedomFi and DISH will encourage individuals and communities to be a part of their connective future.
“As DISH deploys our own smart 5G network across the country, we seek partners who are innovative, regardless of whether they are one of the largest technology providers in the world or a startup with a disruptive idea, like FreedomFi,” said Chris Ergen, head of the Office of Innovation, DISH Wireless. “We are fully committed to our buildout and view this pilot as a valuable opportunity to further connectivity, innovation and openness. Our pilot program with FreedomFi leverages CBRS GAA spectrum, as well as the open source Magma Core, which was developed with key contributions by Facebook Connectivity.”
“DISH is working with us to enable the use of GAA CBRS spectrum to pioneer an entirely new way to connect people and things,” said Joey Padden, CTO and co-founder, FreedomFi “The CBRS-based 5G hotspots will be deployed by individuals, creating opportunities for users, partners, and the entire ecosystem.”
Both companies will also work on a bilateral roaming agreement.