Dish rolls out 5G service in Las Vegas after months of delay

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A Dish Network satellite dish is shown on a residential home in Encinitas, California, U.S., November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

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May 4 (Reuters) – Dish Network Corp (DISH.O) on Wednesday launched its 5G service to Las Vegas consumers after several months of delay as the telecommunications company tries to build a national network and reduce its reliance on T- Mobile (TMUS.O).

The service – dubbed “Project Genesis” – was originally slated to launch in the city in September and help reduce reliance on the T-Mobile network that powers Dish’s Boost prepaid wireless service.

Dish acquired Boost as part of the merger between T-Mobile (TMUS.O) and Sprint, which won antitrust approval in 2020 after the companies agreed to divest certain assets, including some wireless spectrum , to create a new wireless competitor.

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T-Mobile has since licensed Dish to use its network, but the relationship between the companies soured after T-Mobile announced plans to shut down its old CDMA wireless network – a service still used by a significant number of Boost customers.

This prompted Dish to create its own cellular network, which it plans to make available in 120 markets by June.

Customers who sign up for the service will be charged $30 a month, and Dish is selling its first smartphone – the Motorola Edge+ – loaded with the service for around $900, the company said in a statement.

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Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni

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