DISH announced yesterday that it has successfully integrated and validated end-to-end 5G connections using the industry’s first O-RAN compliant Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) radio, developed by equipment manufacturer MTI. The field validation took place through DISH’s fully-virtualized standalone 5G core network in Cheyenne, WY.
DISH has also reached an agreement with MTI for Open RAN radio units (RUs) to help support its nationwide network deployment. MTI 5G Radio Units are displayed at a DISH Facility in Cheyenne, WY. As part of the agreement, MTI will supply DISH with Low Band Tri-Band and Mid Band Dual-Band RUs, which cover the key spectrum bands being deployed by DISH.
“Working with our software partner Mavenir and our core vendor Nokia, we have successfully integrated the MTI radios with our cloud-native 5G network, and we are proud to announce that we have demonstrated on-air 5G connections through the industry’s first Open RAN-compliant FDD radio,” said Marc Rouanne, DISH Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer.
“MTI has been a trusted DISH partner for nearly 30 years. We have been working very closely on the development of this radio with MTI, and the deployment of the O-RAN architecture will benefit both DISH and our customers.”
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