|Interesting PoV from Charlie Ergen @ DISH on Lightreading - He wants an LTE-only network without 2/3G fallback just like RJIO and Rakuten and Softbank's Masa.|
I have stated several times the impediment to 5G is 2/3G - these need to sunset to eliminate old tech boxes and power demand supporting obsolete tech.
I have also stated several times here on SI and on SA that Masa seems to want a legacy-free business with Sprint and wants to divest all the legacy voice to others - TMo most obviously. Thus they are interested in selling off their Enterprise, Government, and MVNO voice biz to leave them with a stand-alone IP-only brand which may be SPRINT or something new. And it may stay under his ownership or get sold to TMo with access and network holdings retained by Softbank
mmWave is going the wrong direction from the true needs of a SECURE and EFFICIENT 5G.
(partial - click for entire article - just the parts I thought interesting)
Today's Mobile Networks Make Charlie Ergen Sick to His Stomach | Light Reading
"When I go to one of our towers, I want to throw up," Charlie Ergen, Dish Network's chairman, said on Friday's Q1 earnings call. "We're building something that we know is... technically obsolete... The architecture has to change for a wireless network."... "We're going to take that shed and put it in the cloud," Ergen said, noting that the plan is to not only do mobile phone service, but to tap into the "power of 5G" and support robotics, smart cities, smart agriculture and other forms of business. "You can't do that with an existing network today."
Dish's plan in this area has been linked to the success (or failure) of Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce company that aims to disrupt the mobile market there with a software-driven, virtualized network. Ergen talked up Rakuten and the tech partners it has assembled for the effort on today's call, calling what has been achieved there in the last eight months "unbelievable."
"That architecture... is starting to gain credibility," he said. "We're in position to build a virtualized network from the ground up... In our case, we don't have any [mobile/wireless] customers, so we can build it right the first time." Still, skeptics on the call noted that what Rakuten is trying to accomplish and the complexities involved make it far from a slam dunk. Ergen agreed, to a point. "I don't think they have to be a wild success, but they do need to make breakthroughs in technology and software," he said, still confident that they'll pull it off and those results will greatly benefit Dish.