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Recently (May 2020), Dish’s IoT strategy took a significant turn as it wrote down over $250 million of its investment in its NB-IoT network.


  • Having previously announced that it would pursue an NB-IoT strategy, Dish halted development and wrote down earlier investments. Dish is instead pivoting to focus on its 5G strategy.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn how Dish's approach differs from other North American carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and the New T Mobile. Could this approach work for other carriers?
  • Analyze the perceived benefits of NB-IoT as an IoT game changer versus the emergence of 5G.

Key questions answered

  • Is NB-IoT a requirement for a CSP to be successful in the IoT space?
  • Can Dish partner with tech giants to succeed as a CSP in the IoT space?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • For Dish NB-IoT but not worth the cost
  • 5G is paramount to a successful IoT strategy
  • The IoT landscape in the US could rapidly change


  • Further reading
  • Author