In the past two months, Nokia struck a deal with wireless providers. Recently, it added U.S. Cellular to its portfolio. But today’s announcement reveals that Dish chose the Finnish company to build its 5G network.
As revealed by Nokia, they will not be working on the network infrastructure. Instead, they will be providing their cloud-native, 5G standalone Core software to the wireless carrier. In turn, this software will be used to build the 5G network of Dish with efficiency and performance.
Early this week, Dish Network surprised everyone with its announcement that it had acquired Tucows Inc.’s Ting Mobile brand. The company was able to acquire rights to use the brand along with its customers for a couple of years. The agreement states that the Ting Mobile business will continue to be operated by Tucows. This means that Dish will be taking over the 153,600 accounts and 271,700 subscribers that Ting Mobile has.
In addition to acquiring the brand, Dish will be gaining access to Tucows’ mobile software platform. This will give Dish access to services such as customer billing, funnel marketing, provisioning, and activation. With its recent Boost Mobile acquisition, Dish plans to transition its 9 million customers over to the platform by the second half of 2021.
It’s a momentous day for T-Mobile and Sprint. Earlier today, it was revealed that a federal judge decided to allow the proposed merger between the two carriers to proceed. This means that the opposition’s move to block the $26 billion merger is dismissed.
To recall, a total of 14 state attorneys general sued to block the merger after it received approval from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They argued that the merger would decrease competition among the three remaining providers, thus increasing the prices for consumers.
There are rumors that suggest the Justice Department could be giving T-Mobile and Sprint an approval on their proposed merger by this week. The news comes after reports that Dish has reached an agreement to purchase wireless assets from the two companies.
According to reports, Dish will be paying $5 billion for these assets-- $1.5 billion will go to its prepaid mobile businesses and $3.5 billion will be spent on spectrum.
The deal also comes with a seven-year wholesale agreement that allows Dish to sell service under the networks of T-Mobile. With this agreement, Dish can be a wireless provider while it builds its own wireless network. The deal also requires T-Mobile to offer three years of operational support as prepaid customers make the transition to Dish.
Last week, there was talk that Dish Network and Amazon were engaging in discussions for a potential partnership, a move that just might begin to challenge the dominance of the Big Four carriers in the United States (namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) as well as those cable companies who are already entering into the wireless industry.
T-Mobile, Dish Network, and Comcast have emerged as the top three bidders in the incentive spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Major US wireless carrier T-Mobile committed the most money, bidding almost $8 billion in order to get its hands on 600 MegaHertz airwaves. According to T-Mobile officials, the mobile operator is looking to take full advantage of the 600 MegaHertz spectrum it has acquired as early as within the year. Dish Network continues to expand its already formidable midrange airwave portfolio by ponying up $6.2 billion. Dish has made no secret of its plans to establish an NB-IoT (Narrow Band - Internet of Things) network. As for Comcast, the cable TV giant has bid $1.7 billion.
It seems that Sprint is currently testing a new special offer that bundles four lines of service that provide unlimited data with a Sling TV subscription, absolutely free of charge. Although it should be noted that the major US wireless carrier is only making this promotional deal available to its current and new subscribers who are based in the cities of Chicago in Illinois and Atlanta in Georgia.
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