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Dish aims for ‘app store for the RAN’ with VMware RIC trial

[] Dish Wireless is furthering its relationship with VMware, announcing plans to trial the virtualisation specialist’s RIC for its RAN applications.

The US telco, which is in the process of building a brand new cloud native, Open RAN-based 5G network, says one of its aims from the trial is to evaluate whether VMware’s RIC, or RAN Intelligent Controller, to give it its full title, can help it to mix and match RAN software, taking advantage of what it terms “an app store for the RAN.”

The idea of the RIC essentially functioning as a RAN app store has been floated by a number of vendors – VMware and others – but now it seems we have a telco running with the idea. The RIC is emerging as a key element of Open RAN architectures, serving as it does as a management platform for Open RAN networks. It hosts near-real-time and non-real-time applications that bring capabilities such as automation, optimisation and customisation and, crucially, it allows for vendor interoperability.... Read full article at

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