DISH Network completes collocations for Nationwide NB-IoT Network
DISH Network completes collocation agreements with tower owners for its Nationwide Narrow Band Internet of Things Network.
Late in 2012 the FCC removed regulations on 40 MHz of underutilized satellite communications frequency spectrum held by Dish Network Corporation by allowing the spectrum in the AWS-4 band to be utilized nationally for terrestrial communications. Additionally, DISH Network Corporation (DISH) has purchased frequency spectrum in FCC auctions in the AWS-3, H block, 600 MHz, and 700 MHz bands.
Over the past four years DISH has experimented with wireless broadband but had not declared how it intended to deploy this frequency spectrum. There is a deadline. The FCC placed buildout requirements for DISH to implement the spectrum. The original rules called for 40 percent signal coverage by the AWS-4 licenses within four years, or a 70 percent buildout within seven years. DISH petitioned and received a waiver allowing it eight years to perform the buildout by early 2021. Per a DISH press release, December 5, 2017, the chairman’s focus shifted to wireless activities (that being a national IoT network
buildout). Such a project requires rights for antenna placements.