Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Dish Network picks Ericsson for NB-IoT rollout

Steve Rogerson
November 13, 2018
American satellite TV company Dish Network has selected Ericsson to deliver radio access and the core network for its NB-IoT network, slated for completion in March 2020.
The Swedish company leveraged its global wireless radio expertise to complete the initial RF design for Dish's nationwide NB-IoT network earlier this year.
"Dish is in the unique position of building a greenfield network, starting with NB-IoT, with a clear path to 5G," said Niklas Heuveldop, president of Ericsson in North America. "We are excited that Dish has decided to partner with Ericsson to address the IoT opportunity. We believe that NB-IoT holds great potential for both consumers and businesses across the USA."
Ericsson and Dish have validated NB-IoT data transmissions based on the 3GPP standards, including, for the first time in the USA, extended range connections up to 100km from a base station.
The network will include Ericsson NR-capable radios. Dish has also installed, commissioned and completed interoperability testing of the Ericsson cloud core network.
"Ericsson's wireless expertise has been central to our initial deployment," said Tom Cullen, Dish executive vice president. "In addition to planning and deployment, Ericsson will be a key partner in certifying compliance with Dish's coverage specifications."
Ericsson is the first wireless vendor Dish has announced for its network deployment.
Since 1980, Dish has served as a force in pay-TV. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides television entertainment and technology to millions of customers with its satellite TV and streaming services. It operates a national in-home installation workforce, as well as a sales group delivering targeted advertising.
Dish has commenced build-out of the national NB-IoT network to provide connectivity and applications through its strategic spectrum portfolio.