In 2019, the company had a customer base of almost 55 million subscribers across its postpaid, prepaid, and wholesale and affiliate platforms, of which more than 33.84 million were postpaid retail customers. DISH Network acquired Sprint's prepaid business - Boost Mobile - under the terms of the merger, paying 1.4 billion U.S. dollars to acquire the business including approximately 8.27 million subscribers as of the fourth quarter of 2019, effectively establishing DISH as the third largest prepaid wireless operator in the United States. During 2019, Sprint's prepaid business generated 3.75 billion U.S. dollars in revenue.
DISH plans to start generating revenue immediately from Boost Mobile, and to start building its 5G network on a city-by-city basis using the spectrum it currently owns. Under the terms of the acquisition, DISH are required to build out their 5G network to the extent that it covers 70 percent of the population of the United States by 2023. Further reading on the merger is available from the Statista Dossier Plus, Global telecommunications industry: financial insight.