DISH Wireless once again is tapping a major tech player to help the company build its 5G network. DISH is going to use IBM automation and network orchestration software; more specifically, the IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation software for 5G network operations. This will help DISH Wireless enable tailored network slicing.
Marc Rouanne, chief network officer at DISH Wireless said, “Our 5G build is unique in that we are truly creating a ‘network of networks,’ where each enterprise can custom-tailor a network slice or group of slices to achieve their specific business needs. IBM’s orchestration solutions are designed to leverage AI, automation and machine learning to not only make these slices possible, but to help them adapt over time as customer use evolves.”
Steve Canepa, managing director for the IBM global communications sector explained that the IBM automation software is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) for intent-driven network orchestration capabilities that optimize network operations and performance.
Canepa said in a recent statement, “As a result, DISH can accelerate time to market for new innovative services powered by a secured, automated, intelligent and agile 5G network.”
DISH Wireless is currently working on building a greenfield 5G network using a cloud-native and virtualized open RAN approach- something the other carriers aren’t doing. The new carrier is very excited about this software, noting that it has been created to continually learn, deliver insights and analyze financial impact to prioritize and manage issue resolution and network function.
DISH Wireless’ first beta market will be available in Las Vegas sometime later this year, with live service by early 2022. DISH must cover 70% of the U.S. population with 5G service by mid-2023 or face a multi-billion dollar fine by the FCC. However, the carrier has already been taking network sign-ups and is continuing its network build in multiple locations.
Customers interested in jumping on DISH’s 5G network can stay up-to-date with Project Gene5is. The website allows users to sign up for alerts to be notified when 5G is available in their area.
Source: Fierce Wireless