Dish unveiled its 5G coverage plans for 2022, listing the cities that will lead the carrier to its goal of 20% US coverage by June.
In November, the company launched its firstfor beta users, while problems remain, Dish Charlie Ergen president said Thursday during a conversation about the company’s fourth-quarter 2021 results. The plan is to expand its 5G network to 26 cities by June to meet the Federal Communications Commission requirement to the company covered 20% of the country’s territory. Aside from several cities on the West Coast, such as Reno, Nevada, and Spokane, Washington, most of them are in the Texas, Rust Belt, and East Coast.
Over the past few years, Dish has acquired a 5G license package at auctions, catching up with the established 5G services of other carriers. Spent $ 7.3 billion at the January auction for more 5G mid-band in the 3.45 GHz band. Coupled with the company’s $ 913 millionin 2020 it will be 73 MHz of combined 5G spectrum, which will constitute the backbone of Dish’s 5G network.
Disha’s plans are pinker than his fourth quarter results, with the company reporting lower revenues of $ 552 million compared to $ 733 million in the same period last year. Diluted earnings per share of 87 cents also fell from $ 1.24 per share in the fourth quarter of 2020. The company also reported net losses of 245,000 wireless subscribers and 237,000 net pay-TV subscribers in the fourth quarter.
The company acknowledged that supply chain difficulties have led to delays in 5G deployment. But one thorn in Dish’s side may soon be resolved as the company said it has finalized a network support dispute settlement deal with T-Mobile to accompany Dish’s sale of Boost Mobile in 2020.
Dish pressed T-Mobile to delay in switching off the 3G network, currently scheduled for March 31, to give customers time to upgrade to phones that can connect to the more modern 4G LTE and 5G networks. Dish will continue to operate mainly in the AT&T network, but will be supplemented by the T-Mobile network.