DISH Wireless Receives USD 50 Million Grant for 5G Open RAN Center

The Open RAN Center for Integration and Deployment will serve a critical role in strengthening the global Open RAN ecosystem and building the next generation of wireless networks.

Highlights

  • ORCID to test hardware and software solutions against DISH's commercial-grade Open RAN network.
  • Largest award under NTIA's Innovation Fund, boosting wireless supply chain innovation.
  • DISH leverages industry partnerships and experience as the sole US operator with a standalone Open RAN 5G network.

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DISH Wireless Receives USD 50 Million Grant for 5G Open RAN Center
DISH Wireless, a subsidiary of EchoStar, today announced that it was awarded a USD 50 million grant from the US Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to establish the Open RAN Center for Integration and Deployment (ORCID). ORCID will allow participants to test and validate their hardware and software solutions (RU, DU, and CU) against a complete commercial-grade Open RAN network deployed by DISH.

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Strengthening the Open RAN Ecosystem

"The Open RAN Center for Integration and Deployment (ORCID) will serve a critical role in strengthening the global Open RAN ecosystem and building the next generation of wireless networks," said EchoStar. "By leveraging DISH's experience in deploying the world's first standalone Open RAN 5G network, ORCID will be uniquely positioned to test and evaluate Open RAN interoperability, performance, and security from domestic and international vendors."

Consortium and Technology Partners

In a press release, DISH Wireless noted that this grant is NTIA's largest award under the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund (Innovation Fund). ORCID will be housed on DISH's secure Cheyenne, Wyoming campus and will be supported by consortium partners Fujitsu, Mavenir, and VMware, as well as technology partners Analog Devices, ARM, Cisco, Dell Technologies, Intel, JMA Wireless, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Samsung.

Also Read: Dish 5G VoNR Available Across 89 Markets, Covering 140 Million Americans

DISH's Open RAN 5G Network

As the only operator in the United States to commercially deploy a standalone Open RAN 5G network, DISH said it will leverage its expertise, having validated Open RAN technology at scale across the country along with its industry partners. As of today, the DISH network covers over 246 million Americans nationwide.

"At ORCID, participants will be able to test and evaluate individual or multiple network elements to ensure Open RAN interoperability, performance, and security, and contribute to the development, deployment, and adoption of open and interoperable standards-based radio access networks. ORCID's 'living laboratory' will drive the Open RAN ecosystem — from lab testing to commercial deployment," said the official release.

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