FCC wins first two phones to support Dish’s 5G network


Dish Network co-founder and CEO Charles Ergen has always wanted to run a wireless communications company. This is why Dish, in the words of one of our loyal readers, was a “random spectrum” (I love that term!). In fact, in the famous 2017 FCC auction for low-band spectrum that resulted in T-Mobile spent nearly $8 billion to win 31MHz of the 600MHz spectrum, and Dish also spent $6.2 billion for 486 licenses.
Dish hopes to have a standalone 5G network operating in more than 100 cities by June, and the FCC may have given the names of the first two phones that will support Dish 5G signals on bands 70 and 26 (more on that below). as described PhoneScoop, Band 70 is unusual in that the downlink bandwidth is greater than the uplink bandwidth. The former operates from 1,995 – 2020 MHz and consists of block H and AWS-4, while the uplink runs from 1,695 to 1,710 MHz which includes AWS-3.

Dish faces a deadline to cover 70% of the country with 5G by June 2023

As we mentioned late last month, Dish has a deadline imposed by the FCC and should cover 20% of the country with 5G signals by mid-June 2022. By mid-June 2023, 70% of the US should be able to connect to Dish’s 5G waves. This will be confirmed by driving tests. The plate is in trouble over potential billions of dollars in “voluntary contributions” to the US Treasury if it fails to meet the 2023 deadline.

Now back to the FCC where the US regulatory agency signed off on two new phones with model numbers XT2213 and XT2215. These model numbers sure have a Motorola-ish sound to them and PCMag reports that the XT2215-1 was mentioned on a Chinese forum as a model heading to the AT&T MVNO Cricket Wireless. An MVNO or Mobile Virtual Network Operator is a company that does not have its own network but uses a network owned by another company (in this case, AT&T) to do business.
Dish Wireless currently uses bands 26, 29, 48, 66, 70, 71, and 77. Amid this mix of numbers, bands 26 and 70 will be exclusive to Dish Wireless’ mobile traffic. The 29th band belongs to AT&T, 71st are used by T-Mobile (which makes sense given the MVNO’s Dish agreements with both carriers) and the remaining bands are used by multiple other carriers.
The Band 70 was built specifically for the Dish, but the band has been used 26 times by Nextel and Dish has agreed to buy the Spectrum as part of a $26 billion deal. T-Mobile’s acquisition of Sprint. The dish is not closed yet when you buy those airwaves. None of the band has yet been spotted on any phone outside the upcoming range Motorola models. The couple will only make 5G calls because Dish will not be using any 4G network equipment once the 5G network is finished.

Band 70 will be Dish exclusive for 5G wireless traffic

Currently, the only phone made for Dish is Celero 5G, but it does not work with the 26 or 70 bands. The phone features a 6.5-inch screen, four cameras, 36 hours of battery life, 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage. It’s available from Boost Mobile which is owned by Dish Network, and at $139.99, it’s half the retail price.

Dish Wireless is counted on to maintain a competitive balance as it is in the US with four major wireless service providers now that T-Mobile Sprint has swallowed up. However, you can see from the Celero 5G and the two Motorola phones mentioned above (which are presumably headed for Cricket), that Dish will offer lower-priced phones instead of flagships. That’s because the bulk of its customers come from Boost Mobile which is a prepaid wireless provider.

Prepaid customers are more willing to save money by buying low-priced phones rather than spending a ransom on high-priced flagship models.