It was revealed today that DISH will be receiving $50 million to support the expansion of its wireless network from the Biden administration.

The $50 million subsidy from the Biden administration to DISH is intended to assist increase competition in the cellular market. This is a part of a larger effort to reduce the reliance of the country’s wireless network construction industry on a small number of firms.

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The Wireless Innovation Fund in America is the source of this funding. The fund claims that while 5G is dynamic, the market for 5G equipment is stagnant. The market is dominated by a small number of businesses, some of which seriously jeopardize national security. Lack of competition damages supply chains, raises costs, and keeps new competitors from joining the market.

The Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund is expected to receive a total of $1.5 billion in investments from this fund. All of this is being done to develop 5G technology and increase market competition. DISH will contribute by constructing an open 5G network.

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Charlie Ergen, co-founder and chairman of EchoStar, stated, “The Open RAN Center for Integration and Deployment (ORCID) will serve a critical role in strengthening the global Open RAN ecosystem and building the next generation of wireless networks.” “ORCID will be uniquely positioned to test and evaluate Open RAN interoperability, performance, and security from domestic and international vendors by leveraging DISH’s experience deploying the world’s first standalone Open RAN 5G network.” We value the NTIA’s acknowledgment of DISH and ORCID’s contributions to Open RAN innovation as well as the Administration’s continued dedication to maintaining American leadership in wireless connectivity.

This funding is timely for DISH as it seeks to secure funding to finish expanding its network. By using this funding for necessary research, further funds can be allocated to further expand the network.


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