Dish Network has recently made a request from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow it to perform 5G tests in Denver and Las Vegas. The carrier plans to use carrier aggregation technology in the 600MHz band.
Dish recently sent a letter to the agency hoping to augment its planned 5G network with advanced wireless technologies like carrier aggregation. The filing also suggests that it is looking for extra 600MHz spectrum licenses.
“In both Denver and Las Vegas, Dish holds the 600MHz F and G blocks, providing contiguous blocks of paired 5x5 MHz licenses,” Dish wrote in its filing. “However, Dish anticipates needing more lowband spectrum in some markets to meet customer demand in the future. When and if additional 600MHz spectrum becomes available, either when the commission auctions unassigned spectrum or through future partnerships, Dish plans to use carrier aggregation at the market level to combine multiple 600MHz assets to add capacity and improve data throughput speeds.”
In its filing, Dish has asked the FCC for permission to borrow 600MHz spectrum that is currently owned by Bluewater Wireless. The company has given Dish Network an approval to use spectrum for its tests until 2021 ends.
Dish intends to use various spectrum bands to build a nationwide 5G network with the help of 600MHz, AWS-4, 700MHz E Block, AWS H Block, and 800MHz. And considering they have a deadline to meet, time is of the essence for Dish Network to build its nationwide 5G network.
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