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Dish & Intel Partner For 5G Infrastructure Technology Rollout

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, DISH and Intel Corporation (INTC) have entered a partnership to integrate Intel 5G infrastructure technology into DISH’s 5G virtualized, O-RAN compliant network, driving increased flexibility and agility.

Dish has chosen the Intel Ethernet 800 Series network adapter, Intel Xeon Scalable Processor, Intel’s FlexRAN software reference architecture, and the Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 for its deployments.

“Intel has been a trusted advisor throughout the design of our O-RAN network, working in concert with our software vendors Mavenir, Altiostar, and many OEM hardware providers. We have tested several commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) designs from a large number of server vendors using Intel’s O-RAN compliant FlexRAN architecture and are pleased by the maturity and power of the solutions, together with the cost benefits of COTS solutions,” “We are using the power of the VMware abstraction solution and the ubiquity of Intel-based servers to load and mix different types of cloud-native workloads like distributed unit (DU), centralized unit (CU), virtual routers, mobile edge computing applications, and 5G Core containerized network functions.” stated Marc Rouanne, executive vice president and chief network officer, DISH.

Dan Rodriguez, Intel corporate vice president, and general manager of the Network Platforms Group stated, “Fully-virtualized, cloud-native networks like the one DISH is building brings the same server economics that transformed the data center,” “We are excited to partner with DISH to lay the foundation for a truly agile network and have already begun working with our OEM partners who have designed FlexRAN-based servers to enable a variety of new innovative use cases and services.”

DISH is also working with several other U.S.-based vendors to combine cloud and connectivity technology to enhance and power next-generation services and enterprise use cases. Both the companies are also working together on the fully virtualized RAN, like radio reference designs, fronthaul optimization, hardware-based security, and blueprints for servers.

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(Read Original Story: DISH Selects Intel as Technology Partner for its Groundbreaking 5G Buildout in PR Newswire)


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