Samsung is reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Dish to provide 5G network equipment

Samsung has signed a multi-year deal to sell equipment to Dish for its upcoming 5G network in the United States, one of the biggest radio deals for the South Korean company since its big Verizon deal in 2020.

Samsung has established itself as a challenger to leading telecom equipment makers Nokia and Ericsson in the United States by winning a US$6.6 billion (approx.

“This is an agreement worth more than $1 billion for Samsung Networks,” Samsung vice president Alok Shah told Reuters. “We will ship our first products to Dish later this year.”

Dish already has Taiwan’s Microelectronics Technology (MTI) and Japan’s Fujitsu as suppliers for 5G radios.

Dish is building a 5G network with the latest technologies that promises to cut costs and introduce new services, and has partnered with companies from Amazon and Intel to smaller ones like Altiostar and Mavenir.

Though Dish has yet to launch a commercial network, it has made a commitment to regulators to cover 20 percent of the US population by June and at least 70 percent of the population by mid-2023.

“We have set a goal of achieving 20 percent population coverage by June, and we are on track to achieve that,” Stephen Bye, Dish’s chief commercial officer, said in an interview.

“We’ve had beta users on our network for a while testing our network… we just haven’t declared commercial launch yet and you’ll see that in the coming weeks,” he said.

Dish, which has built network infrastructure in dozens of cities, has also faced supply chain issues that have hurt businesses worldwide, including the telecoms industry.

Bye said supply chains have been difficult for 12 to 18 months and the challenges will not go away in the coming months. But Dish has all the ingredients to meet his June coverage goal.

Dish is also testing its 5G network with Samsung Galaxy S22 phones and plans to continue using the phones throughout the network deployment process.

“We work with other device vendors and you can look at the Boost website and you will clearly see that we have relationships with many device vendors,” Bye said.

Boost Mobile, a brand of prepaid cellphones owned by Dish, lists Samsung, Motorola and Apple phones on its website.

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