Tuesday, 15 September 2020 08:18

DISH chooses Nokia cloud-native standalone tech to build 5G network

DISH chooses Nokia cloud-native standalone tech to build 5G network Pixabay

US connectivity provider DISH Network Corporation has chosen Finnish 5G vendor Nokia's cloud-native, 5G standalone Core software to build its network.

A statement from Nokia said the contract had been signed after months of testing with Nokia and DISH demonstrating their capability to operate in numerous cloud environments.

Testing was also done to verify Nokia's ability to provide a full cloud-native, containerised solution.

The deal will include subscriber data management, device management, packet core, voice and data core, and integration services. Nokia will also deliver additional cloud-native products to provide 4G, 5G standalone and voice over Wi-Fi access to core network functions.

The Nokia statement said: "These products will provide DISH the speed, agility, intelligence, and security to deliver new 5G-era services, while cost-effectively managing its network with near zero-touch automation and adherence to Service Level Agreements."

The Finnish provider claims to lead the market in core network deployments, with 25 of the top 40 communication service providers relying on its core network products.

DISH chief network officer Marc Rouanne said: "This is an important step in bringing to life DISH's plans to deliver the first open, agile, virtualised 5G network in the US.

"Nokia's new release is cloud-native, standalone and ready for full automation, providing DISH the software capabilities required to deliver thousands of network slices with low latency and SLA on demand."

Bhaskar Gorti, president of Nokia Software and Nokia chief digital officer, said: "The benefits of Nokia's industry-leading, cloud-native standalone 5G core products built on our proven Common Software Foundation — near-zero-touch automation capabilities, high-level operational efficiencies, scale and performance — continue to set us apart from the competition."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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