DISH announced yesterday it signed agreements with four fiber vendors – Everstream, Segra, Uniti and Zayo – giving DISH fronthaul and backhaul support to connect its 5G network to sites. The company is projecting it will reach 60 million U.S. residents with what it bills as “the nation’s first cloud-native, Open RAN-based 5G network.”
“The fiber agreements with Everstream, Segra, Uniti and Zayo are critical to helping DISH build our 5G network more quickly and cost-effectively than legacy deployments,” said Jeff McSchooler, DISH executive vice president of wireless network operations. “[Yesterday’s] announcement marks an important milestone in DISH’s deployment process, adding to our strong roster of industry-leading tower, radio, software and now fiber vendors.”
“Zayo is excited to partner with DISH as they establish the framework for 5G, helping to set the standard for completely seamless wireless networks that will enable the disruptive technologies which will shape our future – including IoT, smart cities, connected vehicles and more,” said Zayo Group CEO Steve Smith. “We are proud to leverage Zayo’s deep, dense metro and long-haul fiber networks to meet the bandwidth demands of 5G and to advance the technological innovations of the future.”
“We are thrilled that our proven track record of building, installing and maintaining backhaul and fronthaul cellular networks will serve a strategic role as DISH becomes the country’s fourth facilities-based wireless provider,” said Everstream President and CEO Brett Lindsey. “Given our extensive reach, network density and ability to deliver low latency, high capacity connectivity, Everstream is uniquely positioned to serve as the partner of choice for DISH in the Midwest.”
“Uniti has worked diligently with DISH to develop a partnership that will provide strategic value to both parties,” said Kenny Gunderman, President and CEO of Uniti Group. “We are excited to be given this opportunity to partner with DISH and our ability to leverage Uniti’s existing dense fiber infrastructure to support DISH’s 5G deployment over the next several years.”
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