Dish picks VMware cloud platform for 5G network build

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Dish Network named VMware as the latest vendor for its planned 5G network build, using the software provider’s telco cloud platform.The announcement marks one more piece in place on Dish’s path to becoming a nationwide facilities-based carrier in the U.S. VMware joins Altiostar, Fujitsu, and Mavenir as publicly named partners for Dish’s greenfield wireless network. It plans to deploy a 5G standalone (SA) network using cloud-native, open RAN architecture.
Dish called out the software-defined nature of VMware’s cloud as a strong foundation to support Dish’s 5G partner ecosystem.

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The cloud will be built with containers and run Kubernetes. Dish said the latter will allow it to dynamically shift and scale workloads within the cloud based on consumer demand.  
5G network functions from different software vendors will run on top of the VMware telco cloud, including software from Mavenir and Altiostar.  Dish and VMware have tested and onboarded dozens of network functions from multiple suppliers, but isn’ …

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