AT&T and Dish reach an agreement on the distribution of Internet services

Dish Network customers will be able to purchase AT&T Internet services, including high-speed fiber, under a new distribution agreement between the two companies.

Starting this week, new and existing Dish customers can order AT&T Internet services by contacting Dish.

The dish already provides Internet services via fiber, Fixed Wireless Access, satellite or cable partners, rather than through its own satellite infrastructure. The deal with AT&T creates a closer business bond between the two companies, even as Dish moves its wholesale mobile customers it acquired under the Justice Department deal that saw the T-Mobile US/Sprint merger to move forward, on AT&T’s network rather than T-Mobile US’s.

“At AT&T, we are constantly thinking about ways to better serve and deliver to our customers. Through this new agreement with Dish, we are able to do just that by seamlessly bringing our super-fast broadband services to more customers across the country,” said Jenifer Robertson, Executive Vice President and General Manager of mass markets at AT&T Communications. “This is another step towards our goal of becoming the best broadband provider in America.”

“Dish is always looking for ways to improve the overall customer experience,” said Amir Ahmed, Executive Vice President of Dish TV. “Adding AT&T Internet to our robust line of TV and home integration services enhances our ability to provide better overall service, technology and value to our customers.”

In mid-2021, Dish Network and AT&T entered into a 10-year, $5 billion deal to move Dish’s wireless customer traffic — including customers of its Boost Mobile, Ting Mobile, and Republic Wireless brands — to the AT&T’s network, instead Dish continues to use T-US Mobile Network. Dish fell out with T-Mobile US over the shutdown of T-Mo’s 3G network, which it said was premature and impacted its ability to successfully transition customers. Dish is in the process of building its own network, but it will need wholesale network access – a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) arrangement – to support customers until it has actually have a wireless network that can support them.

Dish began commercially offering 5G services in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this month.

T-Mobile US has officially shut down the old Sprint CDMA network effective March 31, but some areas will be would still have the migration occurring until the end of this month. T-Mobile United States plans to close the legacy Sprint LTE network as of June 30, 2022.

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