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DISH Wireless is Using Versatile 5G Spectrum on Its Network

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The demand for 5G has been years in the making. If 4G can put true computing power in the palms of our hands, imagine what this generation of wireless communications will bring. There are countless functions and an incredible boost to our wireless speeds that will rival and surpass current broadband on the horizon, but not all 5G is the same. The spectrum 5G uses comes to use in different tiers and with each tier comes strengths and weaknesses.

Each tier has its place and its role in providing 5G to consumers, but many networks don’t take advantage of them in the same way DISH Wireless is presenting for its subscribers. We can even observe that now, in the early stages of 5G, other nations have surpassed the download speeds capable by the United States because of various reasons. One of them is the approach wireless companies are taking here versus other countries around the world.

To get the most out of your 5G experience, you will need a wireless carrier that is willing and capable of providing every form of 5G spectrum available to users. A combination of low-band, mid-band, and high-band (mmWave) spectrum working together to form a complete 5G network with better coverage and complementary functions. DISH Wireless is here and is dedicated to delivering this type of experience to its subscribers from the very beginning.

Delivering a Comprehensive 5G Network Through Versatile 5G Spectrum Use

The wireless analysts at Opensignal have shown through their research where the United States ranks in terms of 5G usability and speeds when compared to the rest of the world. The results are not favorable. American users not only receive a fraction of the speeds seen on other 5G networks around the world, but they also are not provided with nearly as much coverage as some of the top 5G nations in the world. DISH Wireless is here to fix these issues and more by acting on them from the beginning and accessing and overcoming these issues as part of its build-out while creating its 5G network.

The idea of versatile spectrum revolves around blending the different tiers of 5G into one network that works together and offers users more coverage. The three bands of 5G each have their purpose and can be deployed in different situations to help reach customers and support markets with a large number of devices. Learn more about the different spectrum bands and how they can affect your 5G experience:

Band TierSignal DistanceDownload SpeedsUses/Benefits
Low-BandFarthestSlowest
  • Great for providing coverage over larger markets.
  • Can help support higher tiers in congested markets and/or during peak usage times.
  • Comparable or faster than our current 4G technology.
Mid-BandIntermediateMid-range
  • Speeds can surpass previous generations.
  • Great for supporting large markets in need of further signal distribution.
  • A viable option for providing quality fixed wireless to a range of industries and markets with speeds that can compete with broadband.
High-band (mmWave)ShortestFastest
  • Capable of delivering the fastest wireless speeds ever created.
  • Low latency and high speeds allow advanced functionality in technical fields such as healthcare and manufacturing.

Many countries have taken the approach early on to provide their users with mid-band 5G spectrum. This is why many other nations experience higher speeds than the U.S. where carriers largely focused on low-band 5G spectrum. The United States is a very large place to cover from a geographical standpoint. Americans face this barrier to faster 5G speeds because the cost of building across such a large nation is expensive and requires thousands upon thousands of sites to reach users with mid-band and mmWave 5G speeds.

Another limitation for 5G networks is that mmWave, while tremendous in speed, is not capable of penetrating walls. The challenges this poses should be obvious and even as markets receive more 5G infrastructure, this makes it hard for users to receive the speeds they desire or need. While the immediate solution will likely be indoor fixed wireless networks from innovative carriers such as DISH Wireless, comprehensive coverage is still necessary to support users. Versatile spectrum allows all three to work in harmony and assist in covering larger markets while providing faster speeds across DISH Wireless’ 5G network.

Of course, simply building a 5G network capable of deploying each band of spectrum is a lot easier said than done. Necessary as this method may be for reliable, fast coverage that is readily available, there are still barriers in making these bands flow together and testing to be conducted to ensure coverage needs are met. Finding harmony for a network that is facing a growing number of wireless devices and the spectrum already in use is no easy task, but by using native carrier aggregation, DISH Wireless can once again overcome this obstacle due to its innovative approach to deploying its 5G network.

Using Native Carrier Aggregation With Different Spectrum Tiers

Native carrier aggregation does a lot for networks and will be a critical part of DISH Wireless’ 5G plans moving forward. The idea is simple. By combining multiple radio carriers, DISH Wireless will be able to have greater network capacity. This combined with the use of all of the 5G spectrum tiers means users can get more out of their subscription. How so? We’re so glad you asked:

  • More capacity means less a greater service area with more coverage.
  • This coverage includes expanding where and how mid-band and mmWave spectrum is transmitted. Which means you receive better coverage and higher speeds in more areas.
  • With expanded coverage for mmWave and mid-band waves, additional wireless services become capable far beyond your smartphone coverage. Everything from autonomous cars to smart cities and more come into play thanks to the power of DISH Wireless and its comprehensive 5G network.

The reach of DISH Wireless’ 5G network is not exclusive to only our phone coverage. Many of the uses mentioned and the applications we will see in both urban and rural markets include those of fixed wireless. Using DISH’s ability to develop end-to-end 5G networks that are customized to fit targeted wireless needs through network slicing, we will see even greater uses for 5G than are on the surface. Rural markets using DISH Wireless for fixed wireless networks will be capable of covering more areas despite having less infrastructure than urban centers. Combined with DISH Wireless’ greenfield design approach, markets accustomed to spotty coverage from other networks will see an improvement in speed, availability, and reliability.

DISH Wireless is Offering More Opportunities With Native Carrier Aggregation

Native carrier aggregation will provide better coverage, speeds, and capacity. This means that there will be even greater opportunities within DISH Wireless’ 5G network. Better security is available. A range of digital services and solutions powered by 5G in both the consumer and commercial sectors are available. DISH’s network is fully realized by getting the most out of unused spectrum that would otherwise be wasted.

The best part of DISH Wireless’ native carrier aggregation approach is that this is only the tip of the iceberg. As 5G continues to grow we will see more and more capabilities which will lead to more opportunities and innovations. The paradox of this growth is that while it will boost native carrier aggregation’s application, like other DISH Wireless network innovations, it will also require native carrier aggregation to support these growing benefits. The future is bright and with creative techniques working together, wireless users will be capable of accessing more 5G capabilities through reliable, fast connections throughout the United States through DISH Wireless.

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