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When you’re 30+ years behind your competition in building out your network, you’re going to need help. So, in a deal that comes as no surprise, Dish has signed a tower deal with Crown Castle, providing them access to 20,000 cell site towers. As part of the agreement, DISH will receive certain fiber transport services and also Read more…

Dish Network had promised it would have its 5G network up by the end of 2020, but now? “We are not commenting on that,” Marc Rouanne, executive VP and chief network officer at DISH. “We are on our way to meet our requirements” imposed by the Federal Communications Commission and the company will share more details “when Read more…

Ronan Dunne, EVP and Group CEO at Verizon recently spoke at an investor conference and mentioned the carriers plans for pricing access to it’s 5G network. Dunne said it will charge consumers a premium for the faster speeds offered by its mmWave network, but won’t charge for the low-band service. He added Verizon is looking at opportunities Read more…

Verizon and Dish Network won the lion’s share of the new 3.5GHz licenses in the latest federal auction and is expected to be used to grow their 5G coverage. The FCC revealed Verizon spent $1.9 billion on 557 licenses, while Dish Network (participating as Wetterhorn Wireless) shelled out $912.9 million for 5,492. Three cable companies rounded out Read more…

If you have T-Mobile (or the former Sprint) service, you’ll need a VoLTE phone by January, or your service will stop. According to T-Mobile memo (see below), the carrier will fast track plans to shut down its legacy voice networks. Affected customers will be forced to upgrade handsets or leave the network by January, 2021. Most carriers Read more…

AT&T has announced the End-of-Life of its 3G network, and has started to tell customers (see below) that their device will not be compatible with the new network and will need to be replaced. The EoL date could be February 2022. —   NWIDA members, contact us today if you need our assistance and if you’re not yet Read more…

Now that T-Mobile has completed its merger with Sprint, T-Mobile has started the process of combining their networks. To that, T-Mobile has now shut down Sprint’s 2.5GHz 5G service. T-Mobile has already re-deployed their new 2.5GHz spectrum in New York City, parts of Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. Sprint’s 5G service is no longer accessible to customers Read more…

The Wall St. Journal is reporting that Verizon and some 5G services will be available, at least as a trial, in Walmart. Apparently, the pair are in negotiations to bring 5G to two Walmart locations this year, where it would be used to allow customers to securely share medical data with healthcare professionals and interact with doctors Read more…

According to an article in LightReading (link below) US Attorney General William Barr has suggested the US purchases a controlling stake in either Nokia or Ericsson for access to secure 5G equipment. Barr also said that another recently introduced White House proposal on 5G was unworkable and “pie in the sky.” That proposal, floated just a few Read more…

AT&T’s prepaid brand, Cricket Wireless, posted some news on its 3G network shut down – they will be ending service on 3G (UMTS) wireless networks in early 2022. To this, they will stop new activations of non-VoLTE devices beginning 2020. For customers who have activated a non-VoLTE device prior to mid-2020, they can still use their device Read more…

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