Samsung partners with Dish on new 5G network2022-05-04 16:09 by Daniela
Tags: Samsung, Dish
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and DISH Network Corporation announced that Samsung Electronics was selected for the deployment of 5G Open Radio Access Network solutions across DISH Wireless' SMART 5G network. Per the multi-year agreement, the companies will collaborate to deploy Samsung's 5G O-RAN-compliant virtualized RAN (vRAN) solutions and radio units in markets across the U.S., supporting DISH's 5G commercial services.
Since the whole network will be based on cloud-native architecture, DISH can use multi-vendor hardware and complete various deployment scenarios. The US-based network provider is currently testing its 5G network using the Galaxy S22. It plans to use Samsung smartphones as a reference throughout its network deployment process.
Dish promised the FCC it would cover 20 percent of the population with its new network by June of this year, which is a milestone on the way to ultimately covering 70 percent of the population by June of 2023. The project has been plagued with delays, and for those keeping score at home, June is next month. Dish's last earnings call didn't paint the rosiest picture of the network's current status, either; as of February, the network was still in beta testing with friends and family in Las Vegas. Vegas has a lot of things, but it does not, in fact, include 20 percent of the US population within its borders.
Dish isn't the first US-based network operator that Samsung has worked with. It previously helped Verizon expand its low-band Nationwide 5G with a technology called DSS, or Dynamic Spectrum Sharing. Let's just hope that this new partnership with Dish produces better results than that venture did because the clock is ticking.
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