As DISH prepares to build its 5G broadband network, the company said Monday it will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for end-to-end deployment services vendors. This is the third in a series of RFPs for different elements of the national network. It’s specifically seeking people with siting and tower climbing experience.
The Deployment Services RFP is set to be released next week. It will include requests for strategies and experience in the following areas:
- Site acquisition
- Architecture and engineering
- Utility coordination
- Regulatory compliance
- Quality and safety management
- Civil engineering including electrical
- Network element installation
- Tower climbing
“We 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 EVP Wireless Operations, Jeff McSchooler.
DISH previously entered into numerous master services agreements with national deployment vendors when it initiated the buildout of an NB-IoT network in 2018. DISH has committed to build a standalone 5G broadband network available to at least 70 percent of the U.S. population by June 2023.
The Deployment Services RFP is the third such document DISH has issued since the announcement in July. DISH issued a 5G Network RFI/P in July, seeking input from vendors for the network elements. In September, DISH issued a System RFP, seeking responses from vendors to provide a software solution for project management, workflows, reporting and other utilities that aid in deploying the national network.
An Executive Summary of the Deployment Services RFP is available here. Vendors interested in receiving the Deployment Services RFP when it’s released can contact DISH Wireless at 5GservicesRFP@dish.com before Next Monday, October 28.
October 22, 2019