Dish selects VMware’s cloud platform for mobile network

US satellite TV provider Dish Network has selected software maker VMware’s telecom cloud platform to build its wireless network.
VMware for telecomsDish, which is aiming to build its 5G network in the United States by 2023, has selected Open Radio Access Network (RAN) technology to deploy its network.

Open RAN uses software to run network functions on the cloud, allowing flexibility to add new features and reducing the use of physical equipment. The use of software and open-source technology could reduce costs as Dish will not have to depend on a few vendors for buying network equipment, Reuters reported.

Dish, which is sitting on an unused wireless spectrum portfolio worth $20 billion, has earlier partnered with Japan’s Fujitsu and U.S. companies including Altiostar and Mavenir to supply various parts of the 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 manage DU/RU hardware validation between vendors, including Altiostar and Mavenir, which are delivering cloud-native 5G radio software to Dish.

Japan’s Rakuten has selected Open RAN technology to launch a 4G network earlier this year. But Rakuten earlier delayed the launch due to several network related issues.

Britain’s Vodafone and Spain’s Telefonica are also trialling the Open RAN technology.

Dish, as part of a deal with the Federal Communications Commission, has agreed to deploy 5G services by June 2023 to at least 70 percent of the U.S. population, or pay a fine of up to $2.2 billion.