Dish signs deal with Fujitsu and Altiostar for 5G network

Dish Network announced deals with Japan-based Fujitsu and US-based Altiostar as part of the deployment of the first O-RAN compliant 5G mobile network in the United States.
DISH Network retail storeFujitsu will supply radio units (RUs) to Dish Network. Altiostar will deliver a cloud-native Open vRAN software solution to Dish Network.

Dish will be utilizing Fujitsu’s Low Band Tri-Band RU and Mid Band Dual-Band RU, both industry firsts for O-RAN radios. Fujitsu will provide support through its integrated supply chain to deliver radio and antenna integration.

Fujitsu will manage DU/RU hardware validation between vendors, including Altiostar and Mavenir, which are delivering cloud-native 5G radio software to Dish.

Marc Rouanne, chief network officer of Dish Network, said: “Fujitsu is a global leader in 5G radios, advocating for and advancing alternatives to the traditional hardware-based RAN. Their products and expertise are extremely valuable as we use O-RAN architecture to build our entire 5G network.”

Fujitsu is the leading radio access network manufacturer in Japan.

“Our proven radio technology, backed by O-RAN principles of openness and intelligence, equal a best-in-class solution for DISH, enabling them to deliver a superior experience to their customers,” Shingo Mizuno, vice head of System Platform Business at Fujitsu, said in a statement.

Dish, leveraging Altiostar’s software solution, will be able to dynamically scale its network depending on the type of applications and services being deployed. Altiostar will enable Dish to quickly deploy new 5G services for consumers and businesses, Ashraf Dahod, CEO of Altiostar Networks, said.