Article | April 26, 2021

DISH and Amazon Take 5G to the Clouds

CTA Staff

CES® 2021 illustrated major tech trends that are set to expand technology’s economic footprint and lead to more business opportunities. Among these trends was 5G, taking center stage with Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg’s keynote. Speakers and exhibitors at CES 2021 highlighted how 5G and its low latency benefits can enable new experiences across industries.

Demonstrating that point, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® members DISH and Amazon Web Services (AWS) — an company — recently announced a strategic collaboration to deploy the first standalone, cloud-based 5G Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) in the U.S., beginning with Las Vegas — home to CES.

DISH will leverage the AWS infrastructure to deploy the network, and the standardized application programming interfaces will simplify processes for developers and customers to create new 5G applications for both consumers and businesses.

Connecting hardware and network management resources through a cloud also allows for secure and rapid scaling and innovation, as well as on-demand response to customer needs.

Enabling Enterprise-Centric 5G Services

“Together, we’re opening the door to new technologies that will transform factories, workplaces, entertainment and transportation in ways people have only dreamed,” said Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Wireless 5G is quickly finding a home across various businesses, including:

  • Smart factories.
  • Personalized health care.
  • Self-driving vehicles.
  • Immersive game design.

DISH aims to use its 5G networks to connect devices such as smartphones, robots, factory equipment and more to AWS to offload compute, analytics, machine learning and other workloads.

Individual Consumer Use On Demand

The new network can also be tailored for individual consumer uses through network slicing. With a single network sectioned into multiple virtual ones, network slicing creates opportunities for specific, optimized support on demand.

AWS highlighted the example of an enterprise wanting to set performance standards for when its customers stream videos and creating a network slice tailored for high-data-rate video distribution.

With AWS as its cloud provider, DISH can tap into AWS partners and services to automate deployment of 5G network slices and deliver results at unprecedented speeds.

DISH is also set to use AWS capabilities such as Internet of Things solutions, machine learning and security to process 5G data, optimize costs and improve 5G service for its customers through predictive analytics.

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