DISH and Amazon Form Strategic 5G Collaboration


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Yesterday, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an, Inc. company, announced that DISH Network Corporation selected it as the preferred cloud provider and will construct its 5G network leveraging AWS. The move is part of a strategic collaboration agreement under which both companies will work to transform how organizations and customers, including AWS and Amazon, order and consume 5G services or create their own private 5G networks.

According to Jonathan Chaplin at New Street Research, DISH has been active in securing partners for their network build over the past year, but had yet to sign a commercial partner. “Amazon represents the first commercial partner for DISH,” Chaplin said, “which will undoubtedly help them scale up usage across their network as they market new products and services to consumers and enterprises.”

DISH claims it’s deploying the first standalone, cloud-based 5G Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) in the United States, beginning with Las Vegas later this year. The company said it plans on connecting all of its hardware and network management resources through Amazon’s cloud to enable secure, rapid scaling and innovation as well as on-demand responsiveness to customers’ wireless needs. As DISH deploys its network, the company is partnering exclusively with vendors offering cloud-native technology, bringing them together on AWS to provide DISH customers greater flexibility and control of their 5G-enabled solutions. 

“Through this collaboration with AWS, we will operate not just as a communications services provider, but as a digital services provider harnessing the combined power of 5G connectivity and the cloud. Together, we will enable our customers to take full advantage of the potential of 5G. Our approach will revolutionize wireless connectivity by giving customers the ability to customize and scale their network experience on-demand,” said Charlie Ergen, DISH co-founder and chairman. “As a new carrier, leveraging AWS and its extensive network of partners enables us to differentiate ourselves by operating our 5G network with a high degree of automation, utilizing the talent of AWS-trained developers and helping our customers bring new 5G applications to market faster than ever before.”

DISH will leverage AWS’s infrastructure and services to deploy a cloud-native 5G network that incorporates O-RAN – the antennas and base stations that link phones and other wireless devices to the network – and the 5G Core – the logical architecture that directs traffic flow within the network. AWS will also power DISH’s fully automated Operation and Business Support Systems (OSS and BSS) that will enable the company to provision and operate its customers’ 5G workloads and monetize its network.

By building its network on AWS, DISH said it’s simplifying the process for developers to create new 5G applications. 

“DISH’s cloud-native and truly virtualized 5G network is a clear example of how AWS customers can use our proven infrastructure and unparalleled portfolio of services to reinvent industries,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, Inc. “This collaboration means DISH and its customers can bring new consumer and enterprise-centric services to the market as quickly as they’re created to deliver on the promise of 5G. Together, we’re opening the door to new technologies that will transform factories, workplaces, entertainment, and transportation in ways people have only dreamed.”

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