Dish selects IBM software for new cloud-native 5G network

ARMONK, NY and LITTLETON, Colorado.—Dish Network Corporation selected IBM to help automate the first cloud-native 5G network in the United States.

The project illustrates how AI is transforming the construction of new networks and enabling operators to accelerate the launch of new services.

“This is a watershed moment for Dish and the global telecommunications industry,” said Steve Canepa, Managing Director of IBM Global Communications Sector. “Using IBM’s AI-based network automation and orchestration software, Dish can develop and deploy network offerings, applying advanced AI with IBM Watson and orchestration capabilities to help optimize network operations and performance. As a result, Dish can accelerate the time to market of innovative new services powered by a secure, automated, intelligent and agile 5G network. ”

Marc Rouanne, Network Director at Dish Wireless added that “our 5G version is unique in that we are really creating a ‘network of networks’, where each company can customize a network slice or a group of slices to meet their needs. specific business needs IBM orchestration solutions leverage AI, automation and machine learning to not only make these slices possible, but also to ensure they scale. over time as customer usage evolves.With IBM, DISH combines the speed and latency advancements of 5G with the personalization and intelligence of the cloud, and the result will be a paradigm shift for small businesses, large businesses and the wireless industry at large. ”

Dish’s new smart network will be designed to be agile, scalable and fully virtualized and will leverage IBM’s AI-based network automation and orchestration software and services to bring broad 5G network orchestration to platforms. – Dish’s business and operational forms, the companies said.

Intent-driven orchestration, a software-based automation process and artificial intelligence (AI) will be used to drive the operations of Dish’s cloud-native 5G network architecture.

Dish has contracted IBM Global Business Services to use IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation software with Dish’s 5G network architecture. Intent-based orchestration, designed to bring hardware and software resources together more seamlessly and efficiently, will help Dish make network slicing possible and accelerate the creation and delivery of new services.

Dish also plans to use advanced network slicing to deliver new use cases and customized industry vertical opportunities for every business and customer that operates the private hybrid 5G network. The network slices (individual elements of the network) will be managed by the customers in order to define service levels for each device adapted to their use of the network. For example, an autonomous vehicle can be supported with very low latency while an HD video camera can be allocated high bandwidth.

Margie D. Carlisle