ENGLEWOOD, Col. – Dish plans to build a 5G broadband network, which, when succeeded, would be the first standalone 5G broadband network in the US.
In line with their plans, the Dish network already announced that they would soon release a new Request for Proposal for deployment services, their third one since July. The company has been sending out asking for proposals from potential contractors in their effort to look got end-to-end service vendors.
The RFP for Deployment Services is set for release within the week of October 28 for existing and new contractors to feast on. The RFP will also include requests concerning the pre-construction and construction in certain areas as Dish has been planning about giving access to their new 5G network for 70% of Americans.
According to Jeff McSchooler, Executive Vice President of Wireless Operations for Dish, the company wants to build the first standalone 5G network covering most of the Americas and employ a wide variety of partners and expertise large and small. McSchooler also added that they aim to build upon their existing relationships with deployment vendors while also trying to look for new local, regional, and national vendors to add to their team. According to him, this method will help add to the efficiency and speed as they try to build towards the 5G network deployment.
The Deployment Service RFP Dish is asking from their potential contractors for pre-construction will include site acquisition, architecture and engineering, regulatory compliance, and utility coordination. The request for construction proposals will also include procurement, staging, safety and quality management, civil engineering plus electrical, tower climbing, and network element installation.
This is the third request for proposal from Dish network, from the first one they sent out in July looking inputs from vendors about network elements. The second RFP sent out as Dish plans to build a 5G broadband network was in September, which was more concerned with workflow, utilities, reporting, and software solutions for the national network.