In the face of unprecedented economic hardship caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Dish Network remains committed to construction of the 5G network by the end of 2023.

The completed network would mark a huge milestone for Dish Network by positioning it as a more diversified telecommunications giant. After the acquisition is complete, Dish Network will add prepaid mobile phones to its list of products and services.

In a statement, the Dish Network senior vice president of government affairs and public policy said that “with the close of T-Mobile and Sprint, Dish is one step closer to becoming the nation’s fourth facilities-based wireless carrier. We are committed to bringing full, standalone 5G to America, built upon a secure, Open Radio Access Network (OpenRAN) architecture, delivering unparalleled innovation that will benefit US consumers and enterprises.”

Dish’s Commitment to Build a 5G Network

In 2019, hopes were dimming for Sprint and T-Mobile as they discussed a corporate merger.

Anti-trust officials in the government agencies responsible for regulating business and preventing monopolies had indicated their reluctance to grant the merge because it would mean reducing the number of national wireless network operators from 4 to 3. Concentrations of market control have dangerous implications, prompting the concern that left a giant deal in limbo.

After several rounds of tough negotiations, the officials decided to allow the merger on the condition that Dish Network fills the gap as the 4th nationwide network holder.

As part of the negotiated deal, Dish Network acquired the necessary infrastructure and existing customers from T-Mobile in a $5 billion sale. In addition, Dish Network pledged to ramp up the construction of its 5G network with a target completion date of 2023.

Dish founder and chairman Charlie Ergen said he plans to spend $10 billion on the work for the 5G network, a much lower estimate than many industry analysts had predicted.

The Benefits of 5G

Companies like Dish are so excited to jump into the 5G revolution because of the immense set of opportunities that it affords. The technology is exponentially faster than 4G, the current “generation” of technology.

5G is so fast, in fact, that surgeons in China recently completed remote surgery using 5G on a patient with Parkinson’s Disease from several hundred miles away.

In addition to its industrial and medical applications, 5G holds promise for commercial entertainment as well. Virtual realities, interactive shows, and more become real possibilities in a 5G world.

Dish Network views its 5G ramp-up as a crucial component of its long-term goal of achieving the top position in entertainment.

“Wholesale 5G”: Dish’s Vision

When most people conceptualize 5G, images of ultra-fast smartphones come to mind. While smartphone potential will be exponentially increased with the coming national 5G rollout, it is by far the least imaginative application of the technology.

Dish Network has announced that its initial plans include only a small percentage of its 5G capacity going to support commercial smartphone use. Dish Network will reserve a large section of its operations for connecting robots, cars, and even smart city grids. This would require “leasing” access to their 5G networks to companies and even whole cities, a practice known as “5G wholesale.