Dish Wireless hopes to begin 5G services in Las Vegas in the third quarter
With the fourth largest pool of radio spectrum in the US (albeit very little of it currently in use), Dish can scale its network capacity up or down as needed using Amazon’s cloud-native network. Dish will also be able to scale from being able to process simple text messages for consumers to providing high performance processing for business customers. Marc Rouanne, Dish’s Chief Network Officer said, “We definitely share the same vision with AWS.”
AWS will be the core of Dish’s 5G network, and any mobile traffic picked up by an antenna tower will be instantly connected to the AWS cloud. Under the $ 5 billion deal with T-Mobile / Sprint, Dish received 7,500 Boost Mobile retail locations and 14 MHz of Sprint’s 800 MHz low-band spectrum. In addition, an MVNO contract was signed with T-Mobile, which enables Dish to offer Dish customers a T-Mobile service if the network operator wants to set up its own independent 5G network.