Dish's networking chief on the importance of time

Timing is a critical part of wireless network operations, but the cloud computing sector doesn't always support the telecom network timing requirements.

Mike Dano, Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies

May 28, 2024

At a Glance

  • Networks are very time sensitive (01:00)
  • Dish worked with its vendors to ensure they could synchronize their timing (03:10)
  • Time sensitivity must be managed across a full network connection (04:30)

According to Eben Albertyn, Dish Network's CTO, network operators need to keep time on their networks every microsecond until the end of time.

And that requirement can be difficult to implement in a cloud computing environment, he says, because cloud computing operations have been built to the specifications of the IT industry rather than the telecom industry.

It's an important issue for Dish Network because the company runs much of its network infrastructure in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Indeed, Dish has been on the forefront of the telecom industry's broad shift into a cloud computing environment.

In this interview at Light Reading's Network X Americas, Albertyn explains some of the challenges Dish faced in running its 5G open RAN systems in the AWS cloud, as well as the benefits.

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About the Author(s)

Mike Dano

Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, Light Reading

Mike Dano is Light Reading's Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies. Mike can be reached at [email protected], @mikeddano or on LinkedIn.

Based in Denver, Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for almost two decades, first at RCR Wireless News and then at FierceWireless and recalls once writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones.

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