DISH adds Qualcomm to 5G vendor list; ‘preliminary’ 5G markets to go live in 1Q21

13 Nov 2020

Satellite TV giant DISH Network has announced plans to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies in the testing of open and virtualised RAN 5G solutions. Qualcomm is the latest in a series of tech firms enlisted by the wireless market aspirant to assist with its rollout, following a deal with Intel earlier this month. In September DISH selected Nokia to deploy its standalone core software products as part of its planned cloud-native 5G network. The company had previously inked 5G agreements with Fujitsu, Altiostar and VMware.

Discussing the company’s 5G timeline on DISH’s third quarter earnings call, boss Charlie Ergen confirmed: ‘We will have some preliminary small markets in the first quarter [of 2021]. But … it will be the third quarter before we have a major market up and running.’ Earlier this month, Dave Mayo, DISH’s Executive Vice President of Network Development confirmed that DISH’s first 5G cell site is now live in Littleton, Colorado.

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