Dish is Moving Forward With Plans to Build a 5G Internet Network





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Dish announced that it will be releasing its third Request For Proposal since August, in an effort to find end-to-end deployment services vendors to move forward with building the first standalone 5G broadband network in the US.

This Deployment Services RFP, set to be released the week of October 28, will include requests pertaining to pre-construction and construction in the following areas. This comes as Dish says they plan to cover 70% of Americans with 5G by June 2023.

“We’re building a first-of-its kind standalone 5G network and want to employ a diversity of expertise from partners large and small. We’ll build upon the existing relationships we have with deployment vendors from our NB-IoT buildout, while seeking local, regional and national vendors that can apply their strengths to increase the speed and efficiency of our 5G network deployment,” said DISH Executive Vice President of Wireless Operations, Jeff McSchooler in a statement.

Here is what DISH is asking for from potential contractors:


  • Site acquisition
  • Architecture and engineering
  • Utility coordination
  • Regulatory compliance


  • Procurement
  • Staging
  • Quality and safety management
  • Civil engineering including electrical
  • Network element installation
  • Tower climbing

This request comes after an RFP in July which sought vendor input about network elements and another in September which focused on software solutions, workflow, reporting, and utilities for the national network.

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