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DISH and Qualcomm to Collaborate on the Development of the Nation's First O-RAN Compliant 5G Network

DISH | November 12, 2020

DISH and Qualcomm to Collaborate on the Development of the Nation's First O-RAN Compliant 5G Network
DISH Network Corporation and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. today announced their collaboration to test open and virtualized RAN 5G solutions containing the new Qualcomm® 5G RAN Platforms to help fast track DISH's rollout of the nation's first cloud-native, Open RAN-compliant 5G network. DISH will utilize the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms through DISH's network vendors and device partners. The platforms are designed to allow emerging network vendors to accelerate deployment and commercialization of vRAN and interoperable networks that can deliver on the wide array of use cases and opportunities envisioned for 5G.

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Modern data center workloads have varying business value and characteristics for the workload and data that govern the performance, throughput, capacity, availability, data protection, and data services requirements. Shrinking IT budgets, push for greater efficiency, and consolidation and workload requirements have made it necessary for the underlying infrastructure to deliver high performance, scalability, resiliency, and most importantly -- flexibility. VxFlex family is an engineered system for Dell EMC designed on five super power principals to meet the key infrastructure requirements. VxFlex family delivers.

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Modern data center workloads have varying business value and characteristics for the workload and data that govern the performance, throughput, capacity, availability, data protection, and data services requirements. Shrinking IT budgets, push for greater efficiency, and consolidation and workload requirements have made it necessary for the underlying infrastructure to deliver high performance, scalability, resiliency, and most importantly -- flexibility. VxFlex family is an engineered system for Dell EMC designed on five super power principals to meet the key infrastructure requirements. VxFlex family delivers.

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Enea | June 04, 2020

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Broadband Forum | October 29, 2021

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Equinix, Inc. | September 21, 2020

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