DISH builds cloud-based, 5G O-RAN network with AWS

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DISH Network Corporation and AWS are building a cloud-based, 5G Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) – a first for the US.

Claiming a technological industry first to boot, the two will debut the solution in Las Vegas ahead of a nationwide deployment. In short, the collaboration will see DISH use AWS Outposts and AWS Local Zones to build a cloud native network, bringing the breadth and depth of AWS capabilities to innovate low-latency 5G applications and services across industries.

“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," said Charlie Ergen (pictured), DISH co-founder and chairman.

"Together, we will enable our customers to take full advantage of the potential of 5G. Our approach will revolutionise wireless connectivity by giving customers the ability to customise and scale their network experience on-demand.

“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, utilising the talent of AWS-trained developers and helping our customers bring new 5G applications to market faster than ever before,” Ergen continued.

DISH is leveraging the partnership in a number of ways.

As it deploys the network the wireless carrier is also partnering with vendors offering cloud-native technology, bringing them together on AWS to provide DISH customers greater flexibility and control of their 5G-enabled solutions.

Further, the involvement of AWS means developers can easily create new 5G applications by leveraging application programming interfaces (APIs).

DISH developers and customers, as well as the AWS developer community, will be able to create 5G solutions across a variety of industries by leveraging standardised APIs to engage with data on DISH network attributes such as user equipment latency, bit rate, quality of service, and equipment location. Developers can then leverage AWS services and partner capabilities in machine learning, analytics, security, and more to create responsive solutions that use that data. For instance, they could offer low-latency augmented reality gaming experiences optimised for the user’s device, serve contextual advertising, or orchestrate the movements of a robot at a disaster site.

AWS's outgoing CEO Andy Jassy, said: “DISH’s cloud-native and truly virtualised 5G network is a clear example of how AWS customers can use our proven infrastructure and unparalleled portfolio of services to reinvent industries.

“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.”