DISH starts deploying Samsung Open RAN radios and 5G vRAN software

DISH Wireless has started deploying Samsung-supported sites for the DISH 5G network.
Samsung Open RAN radiosSamsung has supplied an initial shipment of 24,000 Open RAN-compliant radios and 5G virtualized RAN (vRAN) software solutions. DISH network deployment across the U.S. will provide fast coverage to DISH Wireless network users.

“Samsung is a key player in the DISH Open RAN ecosystem, created in collaboration with additional Open RAN leaders like Dell, VMware, AWS and others,” said Marc Rouanne, EVP and Chief Network Officer, DISH Wireless.

“Samsung’s 5G vRAN solutions and our shared innovation process allow DISH Wireless to continue the DISH 5G multi-vendor, open and interoperable cloud-native network buildout, as we progress to covering 70 percent of the U.S. population.”

Samsung provided its 5G solutions, including its virtualized distributed unit (vDU), virtualized central unit (vCU) and Open RAN-compliant 5G radios, which support the DISH spectrum bands. Samsung also built new dual-band and tri-band Open RAN-compliant radios specific for this deployment.

“This milestone advances the wide-scale deployment of Samsung’s vRAN in the U.S. and we look forward to continuing our work with DISH Wireless to accelerate 5G expansion and lead the delivery of next-generation connectivity across the country,” said Junehee Lee, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Networks Business, Samsung Electronics