Television entertainment and wireless service provider DISH Network has been using Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona to demonstrate 5G innovations.
With VMware as a partner it has built the foundation for a complex radio access network (RAN), with workloads that run on top of the VMware Telco Cloud Platform. It will now trial VMware’s RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) as the platform on top of which RAN applications will operate.
“DISH’s Network of Networks will leverage network slicing, Open RAN, and other 5G innovations to provide customized network services,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president and chief network officer at DISH Wireless. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all experience. It can be customizable, by speed, latency, data requirements – all defined by the customer. We are redefining the relationship between service provider and enterprise.”
VMware RIC is a multi-RAN, multi-cloud platform that abstracts the underlying RAN infrastructure and can host both near-real-time applications and non-real-time applications. These apps enable new capabilities – automation, optimization and service customization – that fuel innovation across a telco network, said VMware.
“DISH is building a first-of-its-kind network that will move the entire industry forward,” said Sanjay Uppal, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s Service Provider and Edge business unit. “We’re excited to be a part of the journey as we continue to work with DISH and its ecosystem partners to launch the first Open RAN-based 5G network in the United States.”