Earlier in 2021, DISH Wireless made headlines and shook the market as it announced that it was bringing its 5G network to life in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the help of Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now, DISH continues its journey by breaking ground in Orlando, Florida, in hopes to bring the most innovative 5G network in America to the Sunshine State. Fujitsu is the vendor supplying DISH Wireless with radio hardware for the Orlando, FL, site. Details are scarce but a LinkedIn post has confirmed the move.
For many, the news of DISH breaking ground in Orlando, Florida, may not be the most exciting thing in the world, however, when you look at the bigger picture, it is yet another step in the right direction for the company. Building a 5G network is no easy task and DISH is doing so from the ground up. This means that it is not relying on pre-existing infrastructure to power its 5G network as the company doesn’t have one. It also means that in order for DISH Wireless to succeed in delivering a unique, innovative 5G standalone (SA) cloud-native network across the nation, it’s going to have to continue the momentum in Vegas even before subscribers begin pouring in. The move is also allowing DISH Wireless to put some of its impressive amount of spectrum to use.
The little things are beginning to add up for DISH Wireless. Its mysterious Project Gene5is website allows potential customers to view when DISH Wireless is available in their area, the Vegas market should have 5G by Q3 in 2021, and Nokia is providing a 5G core to improve DISH’s capabilities even further. Combined with its greenfield design, DISH Wireless continues to shine through as an example of an inexpensive way to develop a 5G network.
DISH Wireless continues to push towards its goal of covering 70% of America’s population by June 2023 and is doing so with great help from several well-documented vendors. This includes the virtualization features provided by VMware which is also helping DISH Wireless deploy and manage its 5G network in a more cost-effective and quicker manner.
Orlando has followed Vegas, but who is next? There are many possibilities and the exciting part is that DISH Wireless has already committed to developing 5G for all Americans and a variety of industries. This includes city centers filled with users as well as remote, rural markets that may traditionally struggle to find access to high-speed Internet connections. With 5G, DISH Wireless is helping close the digital divide, and providing more capabilities in the process through its innovative approach and features such as network slicing. 5G is promising faster speeds with less latency and DISH is delivering it to the United States, unlike any other carrier!
Source: Fierce Wireless