American Dish selects Nokia 5G SA core network software

According to foreign media reports, for more than a year, Dish Network in the United States has been talking about using modern cloud native technology to build its new wireless network. It is widely speculated that Dish will emulate Rakuten Mobile’s new network and may purchase technology from Rakuten. But right now, Dish announced that it has selected Nokia to provide 5G SA core network software.

Nokia’s 5G SA core network solution is cloud-native and container-based. In addition, choosing Nokia enables Dish to work with established vendors who can provide end-to-end support .

Dish said that before reaching the deal, the company and Nokia conducted joint tests for several months. Nokia has proven its technical capabilities in multiple cloud environments.

Considering that Dish’s chief network officer Marc Rouanne was a Nokia executive, it seems logical that it chose Nokia’s 5G SA core network software. Marc Rouanne worked at Nokia for about five years before leaving until November 2018. As the president of Nokia Mobile Networks, he helped lead the development of next-generation network technology and advocated open wireless systems. Under his leadership, Nokia joined TIP, O-RAN Alliance, OCP and other organizations.

Marc Rouanne said in a press release: “This is an important step towards the realization of Dish’s first open, agile and virtualized 5G network plan in the United States. Nokia’s new software is cloud-native, independent and can support full automation. It provides Dish with the required software capabilities to deliver thousands of web slices with low latency and on-demand SLA.”

According to the cooperation agreement, Nokia will provide user data management, terminal device management, packet core, voice and data core, and integrated services. Nokia will also provide other cloud-native products, which will provide 4G, 5G SA services, and Wi-Fi voice services that access core network functions.

Importantly, Dish’s 5G core network runs on containers so that it can work with VMware’s containerized cloud platform. Dish chose VMware earlier this summer.

Rysavy Research president and analyst Peter Rysavy said that 5G SA does not rely on the use of containers. He said that the current 3GPP standard for 5G is not based on a containerized approach.

Dish will run 5G network functions from different software vendors on the VMware Telecom Cloud. Using VMware’s platform, Dish can connect to distributed telecom clouds and other public and private cloud environments.

Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia Software and Chief Digital Officer of Nokia, said: “Nokia’s industry-leading, cloud-native independent 5G core network products are built on the basis of our proven common software, providing near-zero-touch automation capabilities and high-level operations. Efficiency, scalability and performance, these advantages continue to set us apart from the competition. Dish has great ambitions, we are all excited and focused on helping them achieve this goal.”

Nokia said that the company has a leading position in the core network deployment market, and 25 of the top 40 communication service providers rely on Nokia’s core network products.

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