DISH and Dell Technologies Will Build the Country's First Open RAN 5G Edge Infrastructure

Dell Technologies | June 18, 2021

Dell Technologies and DISH Network Corporation have entered into a strategic infrastructure agreement to enable DISH's development of the U.S.' first cloud-native, Open RAN-based 5G network. With an ecosystem of partners, technologies, and Dell's open infrastructure foundation, the companies are rethinking how 5G RAN networks are created and deployed.

DISH is building a 5G network that is open and cloud-native from the bottom up. Dell Technologies will supply the basis for DISH's edge network infrastructure, powering devices, software, and solutions that will enable customers to take advantage of the connectivity and business opportunities made available by the combination of 5G and edge computing.

"Through our collaboration with Dell Technologies, we will have the hardware and software infrastructure required to realize the power and promise of 5G fully." "Dell's open ecosystem approach will enable us to grow our RAN network with agility, speed, and consistency, resulting in new business possibilities for both enterprise and consumer clients and completing our cloud plan," said Marc Rouanne, DISH chief network officer. "We chose Dell's technology because they have a proven track record of transforming networks as well as a readiness to collaborate with us on developing and deploying Infrastructure as Code" (IaC). We're one step closer to deploying the United States' first cloud-native, Open RAN 5G network."

DISH will deploy Dell open hardware and software infrastructure for its 5G network, which will connect millions of people and power 5G and edge use cases in industries such as healthcare, education, government, retail, manufacturing, banking, and others, using Dell Technologies' security software and global supply chain. DISH can simplify and automate software and service deployment across geographic locations by utilizing Dell's zero-touch provisioning, and deployment of containerized RAN network functions.

"DISH is breaking new ground by developing a cloud-native 5G network intended for a future where edge computing and new 5G use cases meet in unexpected ways," said Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president, and general manager of Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business. "We will use our decades of digital transformation experience to assist simplify and automate DISH's 5G RAN and edge network fast rollout."

About Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform their work, life, and play. The company provides customers with the industry's broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

About DISH Wireless

DISH Network Corporation is a connectivity company. Since 1980, it has served as a disruptive force, driving innovation and value on behalf of consumers. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides television entertainment and award-winning technology to millions of customers with its satellite DISH TV and streaming SLING TV services. In 2020, the company became a nationwide U.S. wireless carrier through the acquisition of Boost Mobile. DISH innovates in wireless, building the nation's first cloud-native, Open RAN-based 5G broadband network. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company.


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