Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) was awarded an $18 million contract by the defense department (DoD) to deploy a standalone 5G network at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington State. the Other settlement agreement (OTA) was issued by the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP), a collaboration aimed at engaging industry and academia to develop and mature information warfare technologies that improve the effectiveness of Navy and Marine Corps missions.
Hughes will serve as prime contractor connecting the base to a secure 5G network to support operations, maintenance and air traffic management. The Hughes 5G network will use spectrum from Wireless DISHthe only carrier capable of providing the right combination of low band, mid band and high band (mm wave) spectrum. This work is a continuation DoD 5G experimentation led by the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
The rollout, which began in September 2021, builds on Zero trust architecture (ZTA) and meet National Security Administration (NSA) commercial solution for (CSFC). Working together on the project, with Hughes as integrator, are: boingo wireless, Cisco, Dell, PLATE, JMA wireless and Intel.
“During this three-year project, we will demonstrate to the US Department of Defense how Hughes’ 5G infrastructure – including a packet processing core, radio access, edge cloud, security and network management – can power the resilient network needed to transform core operations“, said Dr. Rajeev Gopal, Vice President, Advanced Programs, Hughes. “Today’s walkie-talkies, paper trails and phone conversations will be replaced by a private and secure 5G network on which air station processes and systems will be continuously automated and optimized. Additionally, the standards-based standalone configuration – including O-RAN standards for flexibility – will seamlessly connect anywhere on the planet using Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity and geostationary orbit (GEO)..”
“DISH provides connectivity for this private 5G network, providing engineering services, support and access to our spectrum portfolio,” noted Stephen goodbye, Commercial Director, DISH. “As we build our own network, we are proud to team up with Hughes on this important project to deliver a fast, secure, and reliable network to serve the US Department of Defense and support critical functions..”
“This award recognizes Hughes’ leadership in the engineering and management of intelligent networks that enable the military to exchange information with the right people at the right time with an any-network approach that is independent of hardware and transportation.,” noted Rick Lobier, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Hughes Defence. “We look forward to showcasing our capabilities for securely managing a 5G autonomous deployment with advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning for continuous improvement and increased efficiency..”
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