September 20, 2021 By Saadi Ullah 2 min read

Unlocking the full potential of 5G using an IBM network automation solution.

Here at the dawn of the 5G era, enormous opportunities are emerging on the horizon. 5G means a lot more than just one more G. It’s about much more than just greater bandwidth or faster download and streaming speeds.

5G is a revolution in capabilities, especially for enterprises. Every day, more and more industry leaders are recognizing the opportunities that 5G presents, not just for transforming operations but also for creating new business models, new revenue generation and realizing the promise of Industry 4.0. Combining 5G with the new capabilities in edge computing and artificial intelligence (AI) will enable groundbreaking use cases in virtually every industry.

In other words, demand for 5G is skyrocketing:

Meeting the demand, however, will take next-generation communication networks.

That’s why DISH Network is shaking up the industry with 5G cloud-native innovations.

DISH is differentiating from other 5G operators by building, from the ground up, a greenfield, cloud-native 5G network that will use network slicing to serve high-value use cases across industries. Essentially, DISH will be able to deliver private 5G networks to enterprise customers on demand, with guaranteed SLAs.

To take such a transformative step, DISH partnered with IBM.

DISH and IBM: Partnering for innovation

IBM Global Business Services (GBS) is serving DISH as a network transformation partner and strategy advisor with deep cloud and network expertise. It’s a multifaceted partnership about much more than delivering technology. The GBS 5G team has aligned leading business and technical talent, an ecosystem of industry experts and partners and cutting-edge cognitive technology — all focused on ensuring DISH’s go-to-market success.

Of course, it all depends on the performance of the network.

For that reason, GBS is designing and integrating IBM Cloud Pak® for Network Automation into DISH’s 5G network, enabling end-to-end orchestration and automation based on IBM’s state-of-the-art orchestration design principles:

The virtualized network and cloud-native architecture enable IBM’s AI- and machine learning-based network orchestration capabilities to drive automation for advanced network slicing — a key advantage in serving industries’ fast-growing interest in enterprise private networks based on 5G slices.

DISH can simultaneously manage the lifecycle, optimize the performance and guarantee the SLAs of many network slices. It can also acutely customize slices to the needs of each customer, including providing self-service management, allowing customers to set their own service levels for individual devices.

Ultimately, these capabilities mean high-velocity, customized service delivery at the lowest cost. DISH expects its 5G network to be a game changer for the enterprise market, helping enterprises reach all those opportunities they see on the horizon.

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