Last week we learned that Dish had agreed to buy Boost Mobile and other additional assets from T-Mobile as apart of the Spring merger with T-Mobile. Dish had already been working on its own wireless network and owns a large catalog of spectrum it plans to use. Now with help from T-Mobile Dish will soon be the 4th largest wireless providers in the United States.
Now we know that back in 2017 as Dish was starting to really build up its wireless efforts that Dish register SlingWireless.com. With SlingWireless.com registered it is likely hinting that Dish plans to use the Sling TV brand to launch its wireless phone services instead of the Dish brand.
Back in December 2018 during an interview with Bloomberg DISH’s Chairman Charlie Ergen says 5G will be their “Manhattan Project.” Likely giving us a look at just how important this new service is to Dish.
“I grew up in this little town called Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which was famous for being part of the Manhattan Project,” Ergen said. “It took them four years to design and build the atomic bomb. And that’s about how long it’s going to take us to design and build the greatest 5G network. And we are in the first year of building that today.”
“Every time an employee logs in to their computer, they’ll see this countdown,” Ergen, said. “This is Management 101 — it’s how you get disparate people to focus in one direction.”
According to an even earlier interview with Charlie Ergen, DISH plans to spend at least $10 billion to build their 5G network. DISH won spectrum for its 5G network in the recent FCC auction. DISH has also announced that they have deals to license spectrum from other companies to help them build out their 5G network.
Keep an eye on Dish’s wireless plans as it seems clear that wireless is going to be one of Dish’s main focus going forward.
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