Dish Network has announced its upcoming 5G network will be available in beta at the end of September.
Dish has been working to build out its 5G network, intent on becoming the fourth major carrier in the US. The company received a major boost as a result of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, when regulators forced the two wireless carriers to divest themselves of some assets to help Dish break into the market. Regulators were concerned about the impact on consumers from the market consolidating to three carriers instead of four.
After much anticipation, The Verge is reporting that Dish’s 5G service is now preparing to enter beta, with it available by the end of September. The company has previously committed to covering 70% of the US population by June 2023, so it certainly seems Dish plans to hit the ground running.