Nokia has announced that American direct-broadcast satellite provider DISH Network has chosen its cloud-native, standalone Core software products to help it build the most advanced, disruptive, fully-automated 5G network in the U.S. with high-level scale, performance, and efficiency.

The deal follows months of joint testing as Nokia and DISH proved their respective “any cloud” capabilities in multiple cloud environments, along with Nokia’s ability to integrate and deliver a fully cloud-native, containerized, end-to-end solution.

Nokia leads the market in core network deployments, with 25 of the top 40 communication service providers relying on Nokia Core network products.

Marc Rouanne, DISH Chief Network Officer, said that it was an important step in bringing to life DISH’s plans to deliver the first open, agile, virtualized 5G network in the U.S.

“Nokia’s new release is cloud-native, standalone and ready for full automation, providing DISH the software capabilities required to deliver thousands of network slices with low latency and SLA on demand.”

The agreement includes subscriber data management, device management, packet core, voice and data core, as well as integration services. Nokia will also deliver additional cloud-native products that will provide 4G, 5G standalone and Voice over Wi-Fi access to core network functions.

Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia Software and Nokia Chief Digital Officer, said that the benefits of Nokia’s standalone 5G Core products built on proven Common Software Foundation — near-zero-touch automation capabilities, high-level operational efficiencies, scale and performance – continue to set the company apart from the competition.

“DISH has great ambition and we are both excited and laser-focused on helping them deliver on that,” he said.

These products will provide DISH the speed, agility, intelligence, and security to deliver new 5G-era services, while cost-effectively managing its network with near zero-touch automation and adherence to Service Level Agreements.


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