After quietly switching on its new 5G network in 120 towns and cities on 14 June, DISH Wireless has provided more details regarding the long-awaited network rollout. DISH says that its ‘Project Genesis’ 5G service is ‘3GPP Release 15 enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) compliant and runs through DISH’s 5G core’. The Samsung Galaxy S22 and the NetGear 5G hotspot are currently available to Project Genesis subscribers, while DISH also offers the Motorola Edge+ for purchase in Las Vegas and says it will expand the sale of this device to more markets in the coming months. Additional compatible devices will also be made available throughout the year.
The 20% coverage utilises DISH’s AWS-4 (2000MHz-2020MHz/2180MHz-2200MHz), Lower 700MHz E-block and AWS H-block (1915MHz-1920MHz/1995MHz-2000MHz) spectrum. DISH notes that it will file its buildout report with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) no later than 14 July 2022.
Dave Mayo, EVP of Network Development at DISH Wireless, commented: ‘This is a big moment for DISH as we connect customers across the country with America’s first and only cloud-native Open RAN network. This milestone was achieved through the collaboration, ingenuity and hard work of the DISH team and our numerous partners, including AWS, Cisco, CommScope, Dell, Fujitsu, Intel, JMA, Mavenir, Nokia, Oracle, Palo Alto, Qualcomm, Samsung and VMware. We’re the only major network in the world built primarily with American vendors.’