Dish chooses Amazon as its 5G partner with service set to begin in Las Vegas during Q3
Dish chooses Amazon as its 5G partner with service set to begin in Las Vegas during Q3


When Dish Network agreed to replace Sprint as the country’s “fourth nationwide facility-based network competitor” last year, we told you Dish needed to find a partner to help it build its 5G network. Among the names we mentioned were Amazon, Apple, and Google. Just recently, Dish apparently decided to use Amazon’s cloud business to operate parts of its 5G network.
Dish will reportedly begin 5G operations in Las Vegas with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the third quarter of this year, according to Bloomberg. Of course, at some point Dish will offer its 5G network nationwide. Based on a contract with the FCC that enabled T-Mobile to merge with Sprint, Dish must cover 70% of the country with 5G by June 2023 or pay the regulator $ 2.2 billion.

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.”

Rouanne added, “A cloud partner like Amazon a has a low startup cost. We will connect devices in a very inexpensive way. This will make a big difference in the market.”

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.

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