Dish has 50 Mbps fixed wireless pilot deployment in Virginia

DISH and NTELOS Holding have now deployed broadband service in rural Virginia using wireless spectrum in the 2.5 GHz range. Broadband service speeds at the initial test sites are ranging from 20 Mbps to more than 50 Mbps.

A fixed wireless solution delivering true broadband speeds will bring improved broadband options to potentially millions of consumers.

The trial differentiates itself from prior fixed broadband services by relying on professionally installed rooftop devices at customers’ homes that are intended to deliver significant gain and throughput advantages over inside-the-home antenna solutions. DISH has deployed BandRich ruggedized outdoor routers with built-in high-gain antennas to receive the 2.5 GHz LTE signal.

This solution should easily and relatively affordably upgrade to higher speeds whenever LTE, LTE Advanced or any other cellphone based communication speed increase is deployed.

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