US satellite TV provider Dish Network, in its first deal with a traditional equipment supplier, has tapped Nokia to supply 5G core software. Nokia had distanced itself from other telecom firms by being an early supporter of Open RAN and had tapped with Japan’s Rakuten –first firm to use an Open RAN-based network. The dish will have a much larger footprint than Rakuten’s. Huawei’s ban has given space to Nokia, Ericsson to dominate the race of 5G deployment in the US.

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