Dish's 5G network routinely pushed customers onto AT&T's network, even deep inside markets where Dish is advertising its coverage. Initial tests found that the company's network performance was inconsistent at best.
Vodafone has ambitious plans for open RAN - it's aiming to deploy at 30% of its more than 100,000 European sites by 2030 - and is an influential voice in mobile network tech.
Dish is finally turning years and years of spectrum hoarding into a commercial service. But building a network is just the first step. Here's a look at the company's competitive stance.
Dish is selling unlimited 5G calling, texting and data services for $30 per month. 'There are no data caps - these are truly unlimited data plans,' according to the company.
Chips giant adds to its burgeoning RAN portfolio with a move for the Israeli software developer.
Several suppliers have now expanded their product offerings in a development that calls open RAN logic into question.
Chinese companies are among the biggest contributors to Kubernetes, and not everyone buys the arguments about open-source security.
'This is a perfect case for RAN sharing, neutral hosting,' said Sidd Chenumolu, VP of technology development for Dish. However, 'we are not there yet.'
Tommi Uitto doubts the new-look technology will buoy competition or lower costs and implementation remains a nightmare, he tells Light Reading.
Thoughts from an event that helps set the agenda for small cell technology and product development.
Mavenir's new OpenBeam-branded 5G radios are built to open RAN specifications and are being deployed by Triangle Communications in Montana.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone wants more open RAN collaboration; TIM climbs aboard maritime transport; Synamedia acquires Utelly.
According to Dish's Sidd Chenumolu, the company hasn't yet booted any of its vendors. 'We definitely give equal priority for all the partners,' he said.
Sidd Chenumolu, vice president of technology development at Dish Network, spoke to Light Reading's Mike Dano at the Big 5G Event on May 17.
'There was data throttling with relatively minor data usage - we believe these commercial SIMs had a 5 GB daily cap and a 20 GB monthly cap,' said a report from Signals Research Group.
Private wireless players need to start showing off actual wins, allowing sunlight to help generate momentum. Otherwise the industry risks falling into navel-gazing apathy.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT teams up with Qio on AI for sustainability; Three UK piggybacks on Currys; Eir sees EBITDA fall 7% in Q1.
The company building America's newest mobile network wants a hybrid cloud deployment and not AWS lock-in, it says.
AT&T's Andre Fuetsch expects to first deploy open RAN equipment in small cells and private wireless networking scenarios before moving it into its broader, macro network.
Rakuten Symphony CMO Geoff Hollingworth talks to Iain Morris about how the Japanese operator is making its presence felt.
Here it is: The biggest 5G moments from the past year, as compiled by Light Reading's editorial staff.
Venture capitalists including Capricorn's Technology Impact Fund, Monta Vista Capital, Social Capital, Diamond Edge Ventures and Pilot Grove Management are among the companies financing the startup.
Carriers need partners that can negate the impact of their skills shortage and can assist them in deploying an open RAN solution that leverages a multivendor, best-of-breed platform. #sponsored
Following the acquisition of Robin.io in February, the Japanese company is phasing out an older platform it used to support its mobile network.
The Japanese mobile operator ditches free usage for customers and says most of the heavy lifting on network rollout is done.
Bought by AMD in February, the US chip developer has backed away from FPGAs for its latest radio unit chip.
Dish's network is cheap and potentially transformative. And the company has ambitious targets in the retail and enterprise sectors. But now it must execute.
Dish plans to launch postpaid services under its new Boost Infinite brand sometime in the fall but pricing details weren't revealed.
The US software vendor looks tarnished by its association with investor Charles Koch, whose business has been criticized for continuing to operate in Russia.
Dish is charging $30 per month for unlimited 5G services on its new network. 'Meh,' summarized analyst John Byrne, of research and consulting firm GlobalData.
'We've held very firmly to the [open RAN] architecture and the importance of having an open ecosystem,' said Dish's Stephen Bye. 'And any partner that we bring into our ecosystem understands that.'
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: school's in for TIP; Paramount+ reaches UK, Ireland in June; UK tech regulator de-fanged.
'Samsung Networks' 5G solutions will be deployed in Dish markets across the US, as part of a collaboration beginning this year,' a Samsung representative wrote in response to questions from Light Reading.
'We and our allies are not here to splinter the Internet but, frankly, to save it from splintering,' said one White House official of the new 'Declaration for the Future of the Internet.'
'We have had to decommission portions of our Parallel Wireless network,' Cellcom wrote. The operator launched its first 5G services with vendors Ericsson and Cisco earlier this year.
'We're six months behind where we thought we'd be. It's my fault. We just didn't maybe anticipate that we would have to do as much on the technical side,' said Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen.
Duke University will use Dish's 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum licenses, radios from Airspan and JMA Wireless, and private networking services from Cisco, in its six-site 5G network deployment.
US vendor unveils 'Open RAN Center of Excellence' in Bonn; pitched as 'complementary' to similar European centers in Czech Republic, Sweden and UK.
Inland Cellular rose to prominence with one of the only open RAN deployments in the US. Now the company is moving forward with a test of Meta's Terragraph technology in the 60GHz band.
The 3GPP is putting the finishing touches on its 'Release 17' package of specifications. Meanwhile, the O-RAN Alliance is touting its new 'Release 002' batch of specs.
Heavy Reading survey research shows that - like centralized RAN (C-RAN) architectures - cloud RAN architectures are gaining momentum globally. Beneath the virtualization layer, the transport network plays a crucial role. #sponsored
Airspan and Cambium Networks are among those warning of supply chain troubles. Partly as a result, Airspan said it's raising equipment prices by an average of 7-10%.
Juniper's M&A strategy is helping it build a managed services arsenal that adds more value to service provider connectivity in the enterprise market.
The move by the Finnish vendor comes a day after Ericsson suspended operations 'indefinitely' and could leave Russian networks in peril.
'This is becoming an actual standard that the industry is working toward, which I think is really important,' AT&T's Paul Smith said of the O-RAN Alliance's first batch of ETSI specifications.
Hamzeh, CableLab's CTO, has assumed the wireless/mobile convergence duties at the organization after Mariam Sorond exited to take a big role at VMware.
'CommScope will discontinue providing its cloud-based SAS service portfolio. The company has notified customers and will support their transition to other SAS service providers,' the company confirmed.
Doubts are growing that open RAN will inject competition into the market for mobile network products.
With the most extensive open RAN on the planet, the Japanese operator is trying to reduce costs ahead of virtualization.
The operator is competing against dozens of other companies for a pool of expensive talent and its success cannot be guaranteed.
'While legacy carriers built closed end-to-end networks, Dish chose O-RAN because, among other reasons, it offers lower capital and operating costs, and is more resilient,' Dish told the FCC.
Both companies are racing to build 5G-style networks on the ground in order to beam speedy Internet connections to business aircraft overhead.
The Japanese vendor's Symphony business is championing openness as it goes after a market still dominated by Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.
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Tareq Amin says the burden of capex will start to ease in the summer, allowing the Japanese operator to focus on customer acquisition.
Iain Morris shares his take on Mobile World Congress, discusses themes that emerged at the event such as the metaverse and explains why he's still waiting on a drink from a 5G-powered barman.
Operators have been cut off from the only viable non-Chinese suppliers, and the Chinese ones have problems of their own.
UK operator announces new batch of outdoor installations using licensed-assisted access. 5G small cells coming 'soon.'
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT spreads the small-cell love in the UK; Proximus welcomes Ada; Turk Telekom turns to Mavenir.
The mobile industry's giant shindig was back with 61,000 visitors, even if the big news stories had nothing to do with it.
The South Korean vendor's lack of 2G or 3G network products brings open RAN difficulties for the UK operator.
The German incumbent's new chief technology officer promises a 'significant' urban investment in open RAN, possibly starting next year.
The French incumbent says it plans telecom euthanasia for the aging standards as it tries to simplify network management.
Rakuten said it purchased Silicon Valley-based startup Robin.io and, separately, it inked a collaboration with AT&T. Both deals are for Rakuten's Symphony business.
Marc Allera, CEO of BT's Consumer Division, said there's a lot yet to prove with 5G but the early experiments and network performance has been really encouraging. 5G standalone is the next big incremental step forward in the network's evolution.
Tommi Uitto says challengers have resisted partnerships and 'need to get their act together.'
Light Reading's Fiona Graham hits the showfloor for an update as Mobile World Congress 2022 kicks off in Barcelona.
The next generation of mobile technology faces a hard job to survive a geopolitical arms race, industry hype and growing telco unhappiness about the standards process.
It's back. Mobile World Congress Barcelona. So what should we expect? Light Reading asked the analysts at Omdia for their predictions.
On Wednesday morning I got a surprise call from a Dish representative: Did I want to take a tour of a Dish 5G cell site in the next 15 minutes? I dropped everything and did. Here's what I learned.
Tareq Amin moves into the top job at the Japanese company's telecom unit, promising to launch an enterprise service this year as analysts fret about funds.
'Radios have traditionally needed to be physically connected to baseband equipment,' wrote AT&T's Gordon Mansfield. But that's no longer the case.
As Marvell and Qualcomm launch new 'inline' accelerators, Intel makes improvements to its Xeon processor range.
Providing 911 services 'turns out to be a little harder than we thought,' Dish Network's Charlie Ergen said during a keynote appearance here at the NATE Unite conference.
'We believe 5G SA [standalone] open RAN private networks will enable the DoD to achieve the balance of control, security and flexibility that they're looking for,' Dish said.
Also in twosday's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom tests GenCell's power backup; Movistar Plus+ integrates Twitter content; Colt chooses Infovista for VoIP service assurance.
The German telco says it has launched a request for quotation after being encouraged by lab progress on making open RAN more energy efficient.
Intel, Juniper and VMware are among the companies stumping up investment this time round.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Zain KSA sells towers; Vodafone collaborates on open RAN use case; Telenor's Myanmar sale prompts investor unease.
From hardening cell site structures to clearing combustible materials away from towers, telecom companies are looking to minimize the impact of disasters on their networks.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Rakuten Symphony wants to be a big noise in Europe; Telefonica validates open RAN 5G small cell; Ooredoo done good in Q4.
The 'un-vendor' launched by Japan's Rakuten last year wants to unite the telecom world around its new Symworld platform.
It's unclear whether Dish's spectrum bands will be supported in the new Samsung Galaxy S22. But one firm may have shed some light on Dish's 3.45GHz and CBRS plans.
The Japanese operator is turning its attention to the newer generation of mobile technology and its costs look set to fall.
The mobile industry has routinely overpromised and underdelivered on the Gs. A different model looks desirable.
Some companies, like Inland Cellular, are only asking for a few hundred thousand dollars ($117,183 to be exact) in 'rip and replace' money. Others are asking for a lot more.
The cybersecurity office recommends using 5G suppliers from only democratic countries, which is bad news for Huawei and its customers.
The RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) market is gaining momentum and could grow steadily in the coming years.
Lobbying has started in the US for a fully opened X2 interface, supporting handover between basestations, to be included in mobile network products for no extra charge.
New rules require the use of US-supplied telecom equipment. But they are worrying many in the 5G market, particularly at a time when US-based open RAN companies are being acquired by international providers.
The operator's Spanish unit is investing in an open RAN facility in Malaga that it hopes will spur local development.
Japanese tech giant buys US developer of beamforming technology that previously worked on 5G trials with AT&T.
Dell'Oro Group previously expected sales of CBRS-capable RAN equipment to hit 5% of the North American market by 2026. Now the firm believes it will account for less than 5% by 2026.
The UK incumbent also plans to unveil a dedicated 'open RAN innovation center' this year, although chief architect still seems to prefer 'major global vendors.'
Nvidia would owe SoftBank $1.25 billion if its purchase of Arm fails.
Swedish equipment vendor is guiding for a sharp increase in profitability as it aims to grow its market share and corner the enterprise sector.
Dish Network is estimated to have around 1,000 cell towers up and running today. That figure could increase to around 15,000 by this summer. It would need to reach at least 40,000 for nationwide coverage.
Research firm estimates nascent tech will account for around 15% of the overall 2G-5G RAN market by 2026.
The UK operator's launch of open RAN technology is a brave step as doubts linger about the path ahead.
O2 Germany activates 4G open RAN small cells in Munich; 5G SA minicells to follow later this year.