Global data center colocation provider Equinix will provide digital infrastructure services to DISH in support of their cloud-native, Open RAN-based 5G network in the United States. DISH will have access to crucial interconnection infrastructure in Equinix’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers across the United States as a result of its partnership with Equinix.
Data center operator Equinix connects companies to over 1,800 networks and 2,900 cloud, IT, and systems integrator services throughout the world. This type of highly dispersed, well-integrated infrastructure would go well with a 5G network constructed from the bottom up. DISH will use Equinix’s presence to help provide 5G to cities across the U.S. by connecting directly to strategic partners and end users.
“DISH is taking the lead in delivering on the promise of 5G in the U.S., and our partnership with Equinix will enable us to secure critical interconnections for a nationwide 5G network,” said Jeff McSchooler, Executive Vice President of Wireless Network Operations at DISH. “With proximity to large population centers, as well as network and cloud density, Equinix is the right partner to connect our cloud-native 5G network.”
Testing 5G and Edge Solutions
Equinix recently opened its fully functioning 5G and Edge Technology Development Center, which comprises a fully operational, non-standalone Nokia 5G network for testing and validating various 5G services and use cases.
Equinix has invested in assisting service providers and network operators bring new ideas to market by offering an agile production environment for evaluating, incubating, and testing 5G and edge solutions for end-to-end secure applications.
The data center operator anticipates that this will help companies accelerate their transition from traditional to digital businesses. It would enable them to rapidly scale their infrastructure, easily adopt hybrid multicloud architectures, and connect with strategic business partners within Platform Equinix’s global ecosystem of over 10,000 customers.
Through the acquisition of Boost Mobile in 2020, DISH became a countrywide wireless provider in the United States. As a Fortune 200 company, DISH intends to lead the wireless industry by constructing this virtualized, O-RAN 5G Internet network.