Dish Community shouldn’t be pleased with T-Cellular over its plans to close down a community nonetheless utilized by tens of millions of Dish’s Enhance Cellular prospects. In a letter to the FCC on Thursday, Dish blasted the Bellevue, Wash.-based wi-fi provider for what it referred to as anti-competitive habits.
Axios first reported on the spat.
Dish acquired Enhance as a part of the merger between T-Cellular and Dash, which was accomplished a yr in the past. T-Cellular bought Dash’s Enhance pay as you go enterprise to Dish as a concession to win federal approval for the deal.
Dish is counting on T-Cellular’s legacy CDMA community expertise as it really works to construct out its personal 5G community. However it’s going to reportedly take a number of years to interchange the outdated service and transition the vast majority of Enhance’s 9 million prospects.
Axios reported that Dish was anticipating T-Cellular to close down the CDMA community in three to 5 years, however that date is now trying extra like Jan. 1, 2022.
“Throughout its earlier life because the ‘Un-Service,’ T-Cellular championed insurance policies that promoted competitors, various spectrum possession, and environment friendly spectrum use. How rapidly issues change,” Dish mentioned in its letter. “Now, T- Cellular opposes measures that might assist new entrants and smaller suppliers compete ….”
The letter notes that Verizon, with simply 1% of shoppers nonetheless on the legacy tech, isn’t trying to wind down its CDMA service till 2023.
“T-Cellular’s submitting is simply its newest try and flex its energy to thwart competitors,” Dish’s letter added.
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