In a recent statement, DISH Network announced selecting Ericsson to deliver a radio access and core network for DISH’s Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network, which is slated for completion in March 2020.
The initial radio frequency (RF) design for DISH’s nationwide NB-IoT network, was reportedly completed by Ericsson, earlier this year.
According to Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America, the DISH is in the unique position of building a greenfield network, starting with NB-IoT, with a clear path to 5G. The company, which is excited about DISH’s partnership decision to address the IoT opportunity, believes that NB-IoT holds great potential for both consumers and businesses across the U.S.
Ericsson and DISH Network have validated NB-IoT data transmissions based on the 3GPP standards, including, for the first time in the U.S., extended range connections up to 100km from a base station. DISH’s network is to include Ericsson Radio System NR-capable radios. DISH has also commissioned, installed, and successfully completed interoperability testing of the Ericsson Cloud Core network.
According to Tom Cullen, EVP, Corporate Development, DISH, Ericsson’s wireless expertise has been central to their initial deployment. In addition to planning and deployment, Ericsson will be a key partner in certifying compliance with DISH’s coverage specifications.
Ericsson is the first wireless vendor DISH announced, for its network deployment.