DISH Wireless is off to a fantastic start as it enters the wireless arena. From acquiring Boost Mobile and Ting Mobile to its strategic partnerships with vendors, DISH is making a name for itself as it works toward fulfilling its lofty 5G goals. Providing wireless phone service alone isn’t the end for DISH, however, with 5G is creating many opportunities in other forms of wireless communication. Take a look at where the future of 5G is going with DISH looking to provide solutions within the industry along the way.
A Nationwide, Standalone 5G Wireless Network
It may seem a bit obvious to mention that the fourth-largest wireless provider in the country is seeking to build a 5G wireless network, but what is important to note that this is going beyond simply providing cell phone service to millions of subscribers. DISH is creating an innovative, standalone 5G network that will enable it to be independent of other networks and even provide spectrum for other providers looking to use 5G bands. Part of the government’s guidelines for becoming the fourth wireless carrier and purchasing Boost Mobile includes covering 70% of the United States in DISH’s 5G network by June 2023. A strong nationwide 5G network is ingrained into DISH’s mission of not only competing but leading the wireless industry.
Private Networks Using Fixed Wireless
The owner of DISH, Charlie Ergen, has made it clear that DISH intends on pursuing opportunities by providing fixed wireless solutions for homes and businesses in underserved markets. 5G is creating a realistic path for fixed wireless connections to reach speeds that rival and surpass wired connections such as cable and fiber. The move will create opportunities for DISH to supply networks to not only individuals and businesses who are lacking access to faster broadband but also to institutions looking to provide fast, reliable connectivity through private networks. Findings in a study conducted by Nokia involving thousands of consumers show that fixed wireless is one of the most intriguing trends to emerge from 5G.
Smart Venues and Infrastructure
Speaking of private networks and intriguing 5G capabilities, that same study also showed the excitement surrounding the integration of 5G with smart venues. Live entertainment has many obstacles and opportunities that come with hosting an event. From security to logistics to the health of patrons, there are a lot of opportunities for smart venues to use 5G and fixed wireless networks to create a better, safer experience. Everything from helping staff assess security threats before they occur to AI analyzing data with enhanced metrics to virtual tours, personalized features, and customized opportunities that involve your device, 5G has a lot to offer the future of venues.
Similarly, our infrastructure will also benefit from these features. Everything from security to the rate at which large crowds can communicate will be enhanced in cities across the country. Augmented reality will help people navigate and interact with the world around them in helpful and fun ways, while the Internet of Things (IoT) will help vehicles, pedestrians, and infrastructures communicate and navigate more safely. Entering the world of fixed wireless could see DISH change aspects of our lives that go far beyond streaming a YouTube video or sending a text.
Repositioning Its Internet of Things Goals
The original plans of DISH’s wireless network revolved around creating an NB-IoT network. Things have changed greatly, yet, getting involved with the IoT beyond public infrastructure is another way businesses will look to utilize 5G. Having devices that can communicate with limited or no human interaction can help streamline a variety of processes and manufacturing tasks that are either too dangerous or too costly for companies. Privatized fixed wireless networks will help provide the power for IoT within specific, customized functions for individual institutions and their needs. Featuring an outstanding panel of leadership in the wireless world, DISH Wireless is afforded many opportunities to unleash its capabilities within several markets.