DISH selects IBM for cloud-native 5G network

DISH selects IBM for cloud-native 5G network

14 September 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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DISH Network Corporation (DISH) has selected IBM to help automate the company’s first greenfield cloud-native 5G network in the US.

DISH will use IBM’s AI-powered automation and network orchestration software and services to bring broad 5G network orchestration to its business and operations platforms. Specifically, the solution will use intent-driven orchestration, a software-powered automation process, and artificial intelligence (AI) to power the operations of DISH’s cloud-native 5G network architecture.

“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,” said Marc Rouanne (pictured), chief network officer at DISH Wireless.

“With IBM, DISH is combining the speed and latency advances of 5G with the customization and intelligence of the cloud, and the result could be a paradigm shift for small businesses, large enterprises and the broader wireless industry.”

DISH and IBM Global Business Services will use IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation with DISH’s 5G network architecture. This offering uses intent-based orchestration functionality that is designed to combine hardware and software more seamlessly and efficiently, helping DISH to make network slicing possible and accelerate the creation and delivery of new services.

In addition, DISH will use advanced network slicing to create new use cases across new industry verticals that are customised to each business and customer who uses the private hybrid 5G network. The network slices will be managed by customers to set service levels for each device appropriate to their use of the network.

“This is a seminal moment for DISH and the global telecommunications industry,” said Steve Canepa, managing director of IBM Global Communications Sector.

“By utilising IBM’s AI-powered automation and intent-driven network orchestration software, DISH can develop and deploy world-class network offerings, applying advanced AI and orchestration capabilities to optimize network operations and performance with minimal human intervention. As a result, DISH can accelerate time to market for new innovative services powered by a highly secure, automated, intelligent and agile 5G network.”