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Dish plans to build out its 5G network by 2023
Following “months of joint testing,” Nokia and Dish Network have entered an agreement in which Nokia’s cloud-native, standalone 5G Core software products will provide support in a number of areas including data management, device management and integration services.
Dish, historically a satellite TV provider, has been focused on building out a 5G network in the U.S. by 2023 and is working with Fujitsu, Nvidia, Altiostar and Mavenir to supply various parts of the in-progress network. This deal marks the first of its kind for Dish, in the sense that Nokia is the only traditional telecommunications vendor chosen by the provider so far.
Nokia is a strong supporter of Open RAN, making the company a good partner for Dish who is intent on using its wireless spectrum portfolio worth $20 billion to build an open network that uses software to run network functions in the cloud.
Marc Rouanne, Dish chief network officer, commented more explicitly on the company’s vision for its network: “This is an important step in bringing to life Dish’s plans to deliver the first open, agile, virtualized 5G network in the U.S. Nokia’s new release …
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