US wireless market aspirant DISH Network has promised to build a 5G network that will comprise 15,000 cell sites and cover 70% of the US population by June 2023, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing has revealed. DISH – which recently agreed to acquire Sprint’s nationwide portfolio of 800MHz spectrum, as well as its pre-paid mobile businesses, including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile – has requested that the watchdog extend the construction deadlines associated with its dormant AWS-4, 700MHz E-block, and AWS H-block licences in order for it to meet its self-imposed rollout schedule. As per the filing, DISH has also committed to deploy a core network and infrastructure covering 20% of the population by 14 June 2022.
In the regulatory filing – dated 26 July – the satellite TV firm asserted: ‘DISH has a long history as a market disruptor and low-cost provider, particularly for customers in rural America. In the 1990s, we introduced competition against cable providers by offering disruptive pricing and packaging and innovative consumer technology, which helped us quickly gain market share … As we have described previously, DISH plans to enter the wireless market as a new nationwide facilities-based provider … DISH plans to deploy a first-of-its-kind 5G network built from the ground up with an architecture that can take full advantage of expected 5G functionality. In furtherance of this goal, DISH will commit to concrete milestones related to its 5G deployment.’
TeleGeography notes that the aforementioned transactions are contingent on the successful closing of T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint.