Nokia’s cloud-native, standalone core software was recently chosen for Dish’s fully automated, cloud-native 5G network. The deal followed months of joint testing as Nokia and Dish proved their respective any-cloud capabilities in multiple cloud environments, along with Nokia’s ability to integrate and deliver a cloud-native, containerized, end-to-end solution. Nokia will deliver additional cloud-native products to provide 4G, 5G standalone and voice-over-Wi-Fi access to core network functions.
Since SAC Wireless is owned by Nokia, it would appear to be a shoo-in to participate in this nationwide 5G rollout. But that may not be be true. AGL eDigest asked SAC Wireless Chief Development Officer Scott Pomykalski about the impact the Dish Network contract will have on his company.
Does SAC handle all the carriers or primarily Nokia? Does Nokia deploy its equipment in the U.S. primarily through SAC or does it use several wireless services companies?
Pomykalski: SAC Wireless, a Nokia company, is OEM and carrier agnostic. We are responsible for delivering all radio deployment projects for Nokia in the US, utilizing our own self-perform crews as well as managing third-party delivery partners.
In particular, will SAC be handling the Dish deployment or does Dish have its own deployment teams?
Pomykalski: While SAC’s turnkey solutions and end-to-end service are fully capable of handling Dish’s deployment, final decisions have not yet been made.
Will it depend on the region?
Pomykalski: In some cases, yes, it would depend on the region. It would also depend on Dish’s relationships with other vendors.
If SAC Wireless gets some or all of the Dish contract, will it tax manpower?
Pomykalski: We plan according to the customer and depending on volume and region. Our crews are agile and highly trained, so they are ready to get to work when and if the call comes.
If so, would SAC increase manpower or subcontract?
Pomykalski: We could possibly see a growth in our in-house crews as well as with contractors, it depends again on things like region and vendor relationships.