Dish appears poised to expand an already-announced plan to offer fixed wireless broadband service. Dish announced back in May
that the company would be offering fixed LTE services in a new partnership with NTelos. At the time, the companies stated they'd be ultimately offering the service in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky -- though June deployments were very unspecific and limited in nature.
In an announcement today
, the companies stated that the trial is going well and they intend to expand it further. The company also got more specific in regards to markets, stating they'd be offering the service in Roanoke, Staunton, Waynesboro and Charlottesville, Va. The companies are aiming for an early deployment, with the goal of reaching "up to" a half-a-million homes.
The companies say the speeds they've been able to offer range from 20-50 Mbps, though pricing for the trial has not been disclosed (drop us a line
if you're participating).
"DISH has unique capabilities to support fixed broadband and is excited to move to the next phase of this trial," said Tom Cullen, DISH executive vice president of Corporate Development. "With nearly a fifth of U.S. households underserved by broadband, a fixed wireless solution could deliver an additional broadband option to millions of consumers."
The fixed trial isn't the end of Dish's broadband ambitions. The company has been on a spectrum acquisition spree in recent years, and hopes to ultimately launch their own LTE network. Dish's dedication to running said network isn't entirely clear; the company has been pushing the FCC to ease-off previously agreed to spectrum requirements
that Dish complete 70% of the network build within six years.