DISH Launches Wireless Broadband Pilot with nTelos
The setup uses LTE, outdoor wireless antennas to deliver cable-like speeds.
Everyone likes better, faster broadband. Now, DISH is hoping to get it into some of those hard-to-reach areas. The company just announced a successful fixed wireless broadband service trial in one of those areas, in rural Virginia.
The trial was completed in conjunction with nTelos. It uses the wireless spectrum in the 2.5 GHz range to deliver broadband speeds between 20 and 50 Mbps.
The companies deployed two wireless tower test sites in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Waynesboro and Afton, Virginia. Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent also assisted in the successful install.
The difference between this and other trials is that the installation included rooftop devices on the participants’ homes. DISH says that this solution delivers advantages over antennas located inside the home. (Find out more about that in the video below.) The trial used BandRich ruggedized outdoor routers with built-in high-gain antennas to receive the 2.5 GHz LTE signal.
“With nearly a fifth of American households underserved by broadband, a fixed wireless solution delivering true broadband speeds will bring improved broadband options to potentially millions of consumers,” said Tom Cullen, DISH executive vice president of Corporate Development. “DISH has a nationwide workforce of professional technicians that can be dispatched to install both a satellite dish for our video service and an antenna for broadband on the same roof at the same time.”
Although, there seems to be the promise of a connected future in there somewhere, DISH and nTelos have yet to announce any type of expansion beyond the test sites. Currently, the trial will continue for an undetermined period.