Dish Wireless hopes to begin 5G services in Las Vegas during Q3
With the fourth largest holdings of wireless spectrum in the states (albeit with very little of it currently in use), Dish will be able to scale its network capacity up or down based on demand by using Amazon’s cloud-native network. Dish will also be able to scale up from providing consumers with the ability to handle simple text messages to delivering heavy duty processing for business customers. Marc Rouanne, Dish’s chief network officer, said, “We definitely share the same vision with AWS.”
Rouanne added that, “A cloud partner like Amazon a gives us a low starting cost. We will connect devices in a very cost-effective manner. 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 immediately be connected to the AWS cloud. Meanwhile, under the terms of the $5 billion deal with T-Mobile/Sprint, Dish received 7,500 Boost Mobile retail locations and 14MHz of Sprint’s 800MHz low-band spectrum. It also signed an MVNO deal with T-Mobile that will allow Dish to offer T-Mobile sourced service to Dish customers as the carrier seeks to build out its own standalone 5G network.