Dish Network, which is building its own 5G-only cellular network from the ground up to try to eventually compete as a major cellular carrier, achieved an important milestone yesterday when it officially launched its 5G service to the public in Las Vegas - the first market.
Dish Network is slated to (potentially) become a 4th major cellular carrier (replacing Sprint in that role) but is having to build most of its cellular network from scratch. Dubbed "Project Genesis" this new 5G network is now live and available for consumers to sign up for service, but only in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dish promises to expand service quickly to cover over 113 cities "soon" with more expansions to follow after that.
Initial service is only available on a single smartphone (The Motorola Edge Plus 5G) and costs $30/month for unlimited voice, text, and data. Dish promises more compatible devices will be added soon.
It's nice to see Project Genesis finally get off the ground after many delays, but Dish may run into problems since it is supposed to have coverage for 20% of the US population by the middle of next month.
Regardless, even if Genesis gets through the requirements set by regulators, it will be a long time before this new network will even begin to be a player for nomads, RVers, and cruisers looking for a mobile home-internet replacement.
Key Mobile Internet Related Considerations:
- Project Genesis - the new 5G cellular network from Dish - is finally live, but only in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Project Genesis will not be a significant option for mobile internet aficionados for a long time and it's not clear when or even if, they will achieve nationwide coverage.
- In addition to Project Genesis, Dish also owns and runs the MVNOs Boost Mobile, Republic Wireless, Ting Mobile, and GenMobile.
For more information:
- Dish Finally Opens its 5G Network to Everyone, Starting in Las Vegas - CNET
- Dish's first 5G service plan underwhelms | Light Reading
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