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Nokia, DISH to deploy first 5G standalone core in public cloud

Nokia has announced it plans to deploy its 5G Standalone Core for DISH on Amazon Web Services (AWS). DISH had announced agreements with both of the companies in the past, but this most recent announcement marks the world’s initial 5G deployment in the public cloud. The union will support DISH’s cloud-native OpenRAN-based 5G network with high level scale, performance and security.

“Running the Nokia 5G SA core on AWS will optimize our network operations to launch new software and services rapidly and efficiently, enabling the integration of countless innovative use cases for customers,” DISH Chief Network Officer Marc Rouanne said in a statement. “This collaboration is an important step forward on our mission to deploy the United States’ first cloud-native, OpenRAN-based 5G network.”

Deploying Nokia’s 5G Standalone Core on AWS, will help enable the automation needed to meet evolving customers’ needs. It will also allow DISH to support new enterprise and customer 5G use cases quickly, securely and across multiple cloud stakes at end customers’ premises. Additionally, Nokia 5G SA Core on AWS lets DISH offer the responsiveness, flexibility and efficiency that’s critical for creating new services for its consumers and can also leverage automation for ongoing operations and unlocking crucial capabilities.

“We are pleased to break new ground in the telecom industry with AWS and DISH leveraging our cloud-native core to bring innovative 5G capabilities to enterprises and consumers,” Raghav Sahgal, President, Cloud and Network Services, Nokia, said in a statement. “This collaboration places AWS and DISH at the forefront of the industry, delivering key 5G benefits such as agility and scalability to their customers over Nokia’s proven distributed core architecture.”

Nokia will provide voice core, cloud packet core, subscriber data management, device management and NetGuard network security, as well as professional end-to-end security services for DISH. These solutions will give DISH the speed, flexibility and intelligence it needs to bring new, 5G-era services while cost-effectively managing its network with near zero-touch automation and adherence to Service Level Agreements compliant to DISH Service-Based Architecture (SBA).

“DISH’s cloud-native 5G network serves as a prime example of how new carriers can revolutionize wireless connectivity in the 5G era,” Dave Brown, Vice President, Amazon EC2, AWS, said. “DISH is continuing to put innovation first with an eye on customer experience via this standalone core deployment on AWS with Nokia.”

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