How Apache Kafka helps Dish Wireless building cloud-native 5G Telco Infrastructure

Kai Waehner
9 min readJan 18, 2024

5G telco infrastructure provides the basic foundations of data movement and increasingly unlocks new capabilities for low latency and critical SLAs. Real-time data processing with data streaming using Apache Kafka enables innovation across industries. This blog post explores the success story of Dish Wireless and its cloud-native standalone 5G infrastructure leveraging data streaming. The service provider enables enterprises to think in a new, innovative way about telco networks to build the next generation of applications for more efficient supply chains and better customer experiences.

(Originally posted on Kai Waehner’s blog: “How Apache Kafka helps Dish Wireless building cloud-native 5G Telco Infrastructure”… Join the data streaming community and stay informed about new blog posts by subscribing to my newsletter)

What is a 5G telco network?

5G, short for “fifth generation,” is the latest generation of wireless communication technology for mobile devices and networks. It represents a significant advancement over its predecessor, 4G LTE (fourth generation).

Technical benefits of 5G

Here are some key features and characteristics of 5G:

  1. Faster speeds: 5G offers significantly faster data transfer speeds than 4G. It delivers download speeds of up to several gigabits per second, allowing for nearly instantaneous downloads of large files, high-definition video streaming, and low-latency online gaming.
  2. Low latency: One of the most notable improvements in 5G is its low latency, which refers to the delay between sending and receiving data. This low latency is crucial for applications like autonomous vehicles, remote surgery, and real-time augmented and virtual reality experiences.
  3. Increased capacity: 5G networks can support a much larger number of devices simultaneously within the same geographic area. This is essential for the growing number of connected devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.
  4. Enhanced connectivity: 5G networks use a variety of frequency bands, including higher-frequency millimeter-wave (mmWave) bands and mid-band frequencies…



Kai Waehner

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