DISH Partners with Nokia to Build 5G Network In U.S.

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On Monday, Nokia announced its partnership with DISH “to help it build the most advanced, disruptive, fully-automated, cloud-native 5G network in the U.S. with high-level scale, performance, and efficiency,” according to a press release. DISH will engage Nokia’s cloud-native, standalone Core software products to deliver an end-to-end solution, ushering in new 5G-era services with “speed, agility, intelligence, and security.” 

According to Marc Rouanne, DISH Chief Network Officer, “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 is cloud-native, standalone and ready for full automation.” 

The deal follows months of testing between Nokia and DISH across multiple cloud environments. The agreement includes subscriber data management, device management, packet core, voice and data core, and integration services. Nokia will also deliver additional cloud-native products that will provide 4G, 5G standalone, and Voice over WiFi access. The agreement aims to cost-effectively manage DISH’s network with near zero-touch automation and adherence to Service Level Agreements.

“The benefits of Nokia’s industry-leading, cloud-native standalone 5G Core products built on our proven Common Software Foundation…continue to set us apart from the competition,” said Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia Software and Nokia Chief Digital Officer, “DISH has great ambition, and we are both excited and laser-focused on helping them deliver on that.”

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