Today DISH has announced that its new 5G wireless service is now available to over 70% of the U.S. population. This comes as DISH now has over 15,000 5G sites running their networks.
“Our teams have worked tirelessly for years, and this achievement is a testament to their dedication and commitment as we grow the world’s first and only 5G cloud-native Open RAN network,” said Dave Mayo, executive vice president, Network Development, DISH Wireless. “We appreciate the continued support and efforts of our partners as DISH continues to lead the industry in Open RAN deployment.”
DISH 5G is used for their Boost Mobile and Boost Infant subscribers. DISH says you need a compatible device but more will be coming later this year.
DISH is also the first wireless service provider to launch 5G voice service – called voice over new radio (VoNR) – in the U.S. Since going live in Las Vegas last year, DISH says it will be steadily increased VoNR functionality in additional markets.
“As a leader in Open RAN technology, DISH is playing a major role in the transformation of America’s wireless infrastructure and the way the world communicates,” said John Swieringa, president and chief operating officer, DISH Wireless. “We have made significant progress on our network buildout, and can now focus on monetizing the network through retail and enterprise growth. With more markets across the country offering the DISH 5G network for voice, text and data services, our business can start realizing the benefits of owner economics.”
Currently, most of DISH Wireless customers use the T-Mobile or AT&T networks. As DISH builds out its own network, it will allow them to move its customers to its own network helping cut costs for DISH going forward.
Right now over 240 million Americans live in an area DISH offers 5G internet service.