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IBM helps Dish with 5G network slicing.

According to IBM, it plays a critical SI role in the orchestration platform alongside Dish and the other technology providers.

Following its earlier debut in Las Vegas, Dish Network announced last week that its Project Genesis 5G service was now available in more than 120 U.S. cities.

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Dish announced in September that it would be deploying its 5G network using IBM's AI-powered automation and network orchestration software and services.

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IBM's orchestration engine is in charge of setting up, managing, configuring, and launching network slicing, which is one of the most frequently mentioned features of a standalone5G 

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According to IBM executives, Dish's current network does not yet support slicing, but it is expected to be ready for commercial use by the second half of this year.

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Dish said in a statement to Fierce that its 5G standalone network already has native support for network slicing.

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There is also the ability to create a slice that is a digital twin of a production slice and dynamically test new features and functionalities in a production environment.

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"You have a digital twin slice that is used to test out new network functions, new capabilities, and so on in real time, under real conditions," Riddleberger explained.

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Working with Dish has been enjoyable because "they've stayed true to their architectural vision and principles," according to Riddleberger. "

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Sidd Chenumolu, VP of Dish Wireless Network Technology, wrote a blog outlining Dish's 14 cloud-native principles, outlining what Dish expects of its cloud-native functions.

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During the company's fourth-quarter earnings call in February, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen stated that Dish would eventually have to become a systems integrator.

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