DISH Wireless Achieves Breakthrough in 5G Carrier Aggregation with Samsung and Qualcomm

DISH Wireless, Samsung, and Qualcomm Technologies have successfully completed simultaneous 5G 2x uplink and 4x downlink carrier aggregation (CA) for Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) spectrum. This significant achievement highlights the potential for enhanced 5G network speeds and efficiency.
DISH 5G businessDISH Wireless has demonstrated an impressive 200 Mbps uplink peak speed with just 35 MHz of 5G spectrum. Moreover, their 5G network achieved a remarkable 1.3 Gbps downlink peak speeds utilizing only 75 MHz of 5G spectrum, operating across FDD bands n71, n70, and n66. This accomplishment underscores DISH’s position at the forefront of innovation, showcasing their Open RAN cloud-native 5G network’s capabilities and potential to revolutionize global communication.

As a result of this breakthrough, Boost Mobile and Boost Infinite subscribers can look forward to significantly faster download and upload speeds in the near future.

The DISH 5G Open RAN network currently encompasses over 73 percent of the U.S. population in terms of 5G broadband coverage. Additionally, it provides 5G voice service, Voice over New Radio (VoNR), to more than 100 million Americans. The network continues to expand rapidly, with more markets going live each month, further enhancing connectivity for users nationwide.

Eben Albertyn, Executive Vice President and CTO of DISH Wireless, emphasized the positive impact of this achievement on customer experience, stating, “By delivering 5G 2x uplink and 4x downlink carrier aggregation for FDD spectrum, DISH is now poised to deliver a better customer experience across our 5G standalone network.”

This groundbreaking accomplishment was realized through comprehensive testing conducted in DISH labs and the field, utilizing a mobile phone form-factor test device powered by the Snapdragon X75 5G Modem RF System from Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung’s 5G vRAN solution. The DISH 5G network employed dual- and tri-band radios to facilitate the successful carrier aggregation.

Mark Louison, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics America, expressed their commitment to supporting DISH Wireless and its cloud-native Open RAN virtualized network. He emphasized the significance of the live deployment of 5G services across multiple markets, enabling lower latency and faster speeds.

Sunil Patil, Vice President of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, highlighted the importance of carrier aggregation on FDD spectrum in meeting consumer demands for uplink-heavy applications. This breakthrough promises faster upload speeds, enhancing the overall 5G experience for consumers across various markets and networks.