DISH to release deployment services RFP for standalone 5G network

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DISH to release deployment services RFP for standalone 5G network buildout
October 21, 2019
- Seeks local, regional and national deployment services
- Third in series of RFPs released since August
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As DISH prepares to build the first standalone 5G broadband network in the U.S., it announced it will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for end-to-end deployment services vendors, the third in a series of RFPs for different elements of the national network.



The Deployment Services RFP, set to be released the week of October 28, will include requests for strategies and experience in the following areas:

Pre-Construction

  • Site acquisition
  • Architecture and engineering
  • Utility coordination
  • Regulatory compliance
Construction

  • Procurement
  • Staging
  • Quality and safety management
  • Civil engineering including electrical
  • Network element installation
  • Tower climbing
DISH Executive Vice President of Wireless Operations, Jeff McSchooler stated:

"We're building a first-of-its kind standalone 5G network and want to employ a diversity of expertise from partners large and small. We'll build upon the existing relationships we have with deployment vendors from our NB-IoT buildout, while seeking local, regional and national vendors that can apply their strengths to increase the speed and efficiency of our 5G network deployment."

DISH previously entered into numerous master services agreements with national deployment vendors when it initiated the buildout of an NB-IoT network in 2018. As announced in July, DISH has committed to build a standalone 5G broadband network available to at least 70 percent of the U.S. population by June 2023.

The Deployment Services RFP is the third such document DISH has issued since the announcement in July. DISH issued a 5G Network RFI/P in July, seeking input from vendors for the network elements. In September, DISH issued a System RFP, seeking responses from vendors to provide a software solution for project management, workflows, reporting and other utilities that aid in deploying the national network.

An Executive Summary of the Deployment Services RFP is available here.

Vendors interested in receiving the Deployment Services RFP when it is released can contact DISH Wireless at 5GservicesRFP@dish.com before Oct. 28, 2019.
 

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How much of this narrowband IoT (request in 2018) is actually being built?
 

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How much of this narrowband IoT (request in 2018) is actually being built?
A lot, and its already up and running in Many Areas, but they are not using for anything at the moment other transmitting Weather nation. This way they are actively using their frequencies to make the FCC happy.

With the TMoble / Spring deal the roll out will be greatly accelerated.
 

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But its the best one and still should have been released a loooong time ago
Did you not read Scott's post in full? This is not the first RFP, and "numerous master services agreements with national deployment vendors" were signed last year.
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The "build out timeline" should have been established a loooong time ago...but alas dish was finally forced to do something
I haven't had the opportunity to read the previous RFP's or the master agreements to determine which is "best" for their build out timeline. Have you?
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The "build out timeline" should have been established a loooong time ago...but alas dish was finally forced to do something

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What makes you think it wasn't established early on in the project with ongoing adjustments made for changing situations and technologies? The stand alone 5G standard wasn't even finalized and accepted by 3GPP until June last year...
 

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The only reason they released it is to get the FCC off their butt
What makes you think it wasn't established early on in the project with ongoing adjustments made for changing situations and technologies? The stand alone 5G standard wasn't even finalized and accepted by 3GPP until June last year...
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