Dish Network enlists IBM to help build 5G network

Dish Network enlists IBM to help build 5G network

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To help it manage its upcoming 5G network, it’s a move it sees as key to enticing enterprise customers to its wireless business.

The long-standing satellite-TV company plans its new 5G network to cover at least 20% of the US population by next summer. It has collaborated with over 35 companies to build the network.

The terms of Dish’s multi-year contract with IBM were not disclosed.

Dish jumped into the US wireless industry in 2019, buying nearly 9 million former Sprint Corp customers as part of a government-brokered deal that allowed T-Mobile US Inc.

To achieve the sprint. Dish’s consumer cellphone brands include Boost Mobile, Ting and Republic Wireless.

Dish has been gaining 5G spectrum airwaves for years with ambitions to be a formidable competitor in the wireless sector.

Chief Network Officer Mark Ruan said Dish could target multiple industries, including logistics and health care. He declined to say what kind of companies are testing Dish’s 5G service and when it will be generally available.

IBM will provide what is known as orchestration software, technology that helps network providers manage and automate how they deliver 5G services, including fine-tuning speed levels or coverage areas, to specific customers. For example, an autonomous-car operator may require low latency, or quick response times, for a fleet of cars in some cities, while an energy company may be fine with a slower response time in a wider coverage area.

“Today, it’s like a highway, and once you’re on it you don’t have priority over anyone else,” Mr Ruan said. He said IBM’s software can divide that highway into customized lanes for each customer, allowing them to “run the service according to the needs of the sub-network.”

An IBM spokesperson said IBM’s software will run on Amazon Web Services. Amazon.Com Inc.

It announced in April that it would provide cloud services for Dish’s 5G network.

5G network providers are increasingly adopting cloud-computing infrastructure, making it easier for providers to roll out new workloads and use cases, said Patrick Filkins, a research manager at research firm International Data Corp. Software does not need to be tied to specific hardware. The result, he said, is that 5G networks are more agile and can be manipulated in ways that are difficult to do with 4G and older generation networks.

Every major telecommunications provider deploying 5G has ambitions of orchestration software for network optimization, Mr. Filkins said.

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