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DISH and AT&T Sign Network Services Agreement

Dish logo - NWIDAAT&T - NWIDA DISH announced today the signing of a long-term strategic Network Services Agreement with AT&T, making AT&T the primary network services partner for DISH MVNO customers. Through this agreement, DISH will provide current and future customers of its wireless brands, including Boost Mobile, Ting Mobile and Republic Wireless, access to the AT&T wireless network, in addition to the new DISH network. The agreement accelerates DISH’s expansion of retail wireless distribution to rural markets where DISH provides satellite TV services. AT&T is also providing transport and roaming services as part of the agreement, to support DISH’s 5G network. 

“Teaming with AT&T on this long-term partnership will allow us to better compete in the retail wireless market and quickly respond to changes in our customers’ evolving connectivity needs as we build our own first-of-its kind 5G network,” saidJohn Swieringa, DISH COO and Group President of Retail Wireless. “The agreement provides enhanced coverage and service for our Boost, Ting and Republic customers, giving them access to the best connectivity on the market today via voice, messaging, data and nationwide roaming on AT&T’s vast network, as well as DISH’s 5G network.” 


“Teaming with DISH on this agreement is not only a testament to the strength of our network, but it further validates the investments we’ve made in our fiber and wireless infrastructure,” saidThaddeus Arroyo, CEO, AT&T Consumer. “We welcome DISH wireless and its customers to the nation’s largest and best wireless network for all of their streaming, data and roaming needs.” 

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One comment on “DISH and AT&T Sign Network Services Agreement

Col. James Worrall

Where is the robust 5G network Charlie Ergen promised the FCC he would build?

Dish wanted T-mobile to continue Sprint’s CDMA network so Dish would not be obligated to replace their Boost customers’ CDMA phones. Most Boost CDMA and GSM phones don’t fully support ATT’s data bands. Is Boost now willing to purchase 10,000,000 ATT compatible phones for their customers? I doubt it. Instead, Boost is likely hoping their customers will tolerate having limited access to ATT’s network because most current and previous Boost phones only support some of ATT’s data bands.

On a positive note, ATT’s sizable equity stakes in Mexican and Canadian carriers will allow Boost to offer superior roaming across North America.


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