Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company announced that DISH Network Corporation (DISH) selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider.
The strategic collaboration agreement includes DISH constructing its 5G connectivity network on AWS, and both companies working to transform how organizations and customers, including AWS and Amazon, order and consume 5G services or create their own private 5G networks.
According to the companies, DISH will use AWS Outposts and AWS Local Zones to build its network in the cloud, enabling customers to apply the breadth and depth of AWS capabilities to innovate low latency 5G applications and services for a wide range of industries.
In addition, the American television provider DISH is deploying the first standalone, cloud-based 5G Open Radio Access Network in the United States, beginning with Las Vegas later this year.
DISH will also connect all of its hardware and network management resources through the world’s leading cloud to enable secure, rapid scaling and innovation as well as on-demand responsiveness to customers’ wireless needs, the company said in a statement.
5G connectivity in the cloud
“Given this marks the first time that a 5G connectivity will be run in the cloud, DISH will achieve agile and cost-effective operations while seeking to redefine the practical applications of 5G,” the company added.
As DISH deploys its network, the company is partnering exclusively with vendors offering cloud-native technology, bringing them together on AWS to provide DISH customers greater flexibility and control of their 5G-enabled solutions.
According to Statista, cloud computing generated more than $300 billion in revenue in 2020 and is showing very few signs of slowing down.
“Through this collaboration with AWS, we will operate not just as a communications services provider, but as a digital services provider harnessing the combined power of 5G connectivity and the cloud. Together, we will enable our customers to take full advantage of the potential of 5G. Our approach will revolutionize wireless connectivity by giving customers the ability to customize and scale their network experience on-demand,” said Charlie Ergen, DISH co-founder and chairman.
CEO of Amazon Web Services, Inc, Andy Jassy said, “DISH’s cloud-native and truly virtualized 5G network is a clear example of how AWS customers can use our proven infrastructure and unparalleled portfolio of services to reinvent industries.”
This collaboration, he added, means DISH and its customers can bring new consumer- and enterprise-centric services to the market as quickly as they’re created to deliver on the promise of 5G.
“Together, we’re opening the door to new technologies that will transform factories, workplaces, entertainment, and transportation in ways people have only dreamed,” Jassy stressed.