DISH extends 5G to 120 cities as it narrowly beats FCC deadline

15 Jun 2022

DISH Network has updated its ‘Project Genesis’ website to indicate that its 5G mobile service is now live in more than 120 cities. The update occurred a matter of hours before the long-standing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) coverage deadline was due to be breached. The satellite TV provider-turned-mobile operator launched 5G services in a solitary market – Las Vegas – in May, and questions were raised over its ability to meet the FCC’s strict licensing obligations.

Markets covered include the likes of Albuquerque, NM; Charlotte, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Orlando, FL; and Virginia Beach, VA.

As per FCC documentation, DISH promised to deploy a 5G core network and infrastructure covering 20% of the population by 14 June 2022. Coverage must now be increased to 15,000 cell sites and 70% of the US population by June 2023.