Dish Gives Its 5G Push Another Boost


Yes, it’s a Direct Broadcast Satellite TV service provider — one that’s involved in many retransmission fee impasses with broadcast TV companies.

But, it could also be TV’s ally in the widening of 5G, bringing more access to AVOD and streamed content created by broadcast TV. That’s why Dish‘s 5G expansion should be of note.

Dish is building what it calls the nation’s “first cloud-native, Open RAN-based 5G wireless network.”

As such, the company on Tuesday (2/16) said it has signed seven new tower agreements.

The agreements are with Harmoni Towers, Mobilite, Parallel Infrastructure, Phoenix Tower International (PTI), Tillman Infrastructure, Tower Ventures and Vogue Towers.

With these pacts, Dish has won access to more than 4,000 towers and wireless infrastructure assets.

Dish says the vendors will also provide a variety of services to help accelerate the installation of 5G radios on the newly acquired infrastructure.

“Securing strong tower partners is a key component of any network expansion, and is tremendously important for DISH’s rapid roll-out of a new, nationwide 5G network,” said Dave Mayo, Dish’s EVP of Network Development. “Each of these new tower partners will play an important role in bringing our network to life, connecting next-generation wireless service to American consumers and enterprises.”