DISH Network has announced that Las Vegas will be the first live city in nationwide 5G network deployment. The location was disclosed in a press release confirming that DISH has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud provider. DISH will leverage AWS’s infrastructure to deploy a cloud-native 5G network that incorporates cloud-based 5G Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN).
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, DISH plans to deploy a 5G network covering 20% of the population by June 2022, rising to 70% by June 2023. Beta testing is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2021.