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Zayo Helps DISH Connect What’s Next: 5G Network Unlike Any Before


by Steve Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Congratulations are in order: As of June 14, DISH is offering 5G broadband service to over 20 percent of the U.S. population. This is an incredible milestone, and one with far-reaching benefits. Zayo is thrilled to see years of innovation and development come to fruition nationwide and proud to be part of the journey of this fellow Colorado-based company.

Zayo’s Partnership with DISH

As a DISH partner, Zayo is working alongside the team in over 20 markets today and fully aligned with DISH’s efforts to create the nation’s first cloud-native, Open RAN 5G network. This will truly change the way the world communicates and power what’s next, including disruptive technologies like smart cities, connected vehicles, edge computing, the future of web3 and blockchain.

Our partnership began in 2020, when DISH first sought out fiber that was capable of meeting the bandwidth demands of 5G. Zayo has the largest independent fiber network in the U.S., including dense metro fiber and connected by long haul dark fiber. Our network includes more than 15 million fiber miles across the network in more than 400 metro markets.

“We worked alongside DISH to meet the demands of a rapid network deployment schedule,” said Brian Daniels, Zayo head of strategic sales. “We continue to invest in our service delivery so that we can meet the mission-critical needs of DISH and our other customers. With this program, Zayo delivered a significant amount of sites for DISH in a short period of time.”

“We continue to invest in our service delivery so that we can meet the mission-critical needs of DISH and our other customers.”

Committed to Connecting What’s Next

At Zayo, our purpose is to connect what’s next. So when the opportunity arose to partner with DISH on the first-ever cloud-native 5G network, it was an easy choice because we believe this is the future. This is just the first of many wins, and we look forward to continuing to provide our best-in-class infrastructure to the DISH team.

We’ve recently made investments in North America and Western Europe, including 400G-enabled long-haul routes. And like DISH, we too are interested in making history to best connect our customers- recently we completed the world’s longest known terrestrial 800G optical wavelength in a commercial network at 1,044.51 km.

We’re committed to communications infrastructure that supports mobile operators like DISH. We will continue to invest in our infrastructure to ensure we’re meeting the needs of our customers.

About the Author

Steve M. Smith is Chief Executive Officer at Zayo. Steve has over 30 years of expertise as a global leader in the technology sector and a deep background in managing and scaling market-leading technology businesses.