Dish Community co-founder and chairman Charlie Ergen underscored the corporate’s dedication to building a 5G wireless network on immediately’s This fall 2020 earnings name. He restated the intention to convey 5G on-line in its first main cities by the tip of Q3 2021 — that’s the interval operating from July by way of September — and was bullish on Dish’s skill to spice up the US’s somewhat dismal global position when it comes to wi-fi community choices.
Ergen spent a number of minutes on today’s call recapping what the corporate has executed up to now in its network-building effort. With its acquisition of Boost Mobile final 12 months, it’s at present providing pay as you go service as an MVNO on T-Cellular’s community, however it has additionally been accumulating its personal spectrum to make the transfer to a full-fledged service. That’s a very good signal for wi-fi competitors within the US; with Dash now not out there as a selection, Dish is positioned to step up as a fourth main service choice. And it form of has to with a view to fulfill the conditions of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger.
To that finish, Dish made low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum purchases final 12 months, and it’s estimated to have spent $2 billion within the current C-band public sale. With entry to those totally different sorts of spectrum, Dish has the items of the so-called 5G “layer cake” that can assist it set up quick service with vast protection.
“This isn’t our first rodeo,” Ergen stated, stressing his confidence within the firm’s skill to execute, regardless of the appreciable dangers. He didn’t cease there both; Ergen believes Dish can “assist the US truly begin main once more in wi-fi.”
Possibly he’s proper. There’s a giant problem forward of Dish, however the firm doesn’t face one of many challenges plaguing the most important carriers proper now: holding 4G information flowing whereas including 5G. This has led Verizon and AT&T, specifically, to show to a expertise known as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, or DSS, with poor results. Sadly, the bar is sort of low for the time being for US networks, which could assist Dish get a operating begin.