Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a new portfolio of as-a-service offerings to help telecommunications companies build and deploy open 5G networks. The portfolio is for accelerating telecoms on the path to revenue growth with 5G and enables them to rapidly deploy 5G services to employees and customers.
“5G has the potential to revolutionize our digital lives and the combination of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 presents telcos with an unlimited array of possibilities for offering subscribers new and compelling services that can transform the user experience,” says Keerti Melkote, president of Intelligent Edge at HPE and founder of Aruba Networks.
“With a broad portfolio of innovations that span from the telco core to the enterprise edge, HPE is the only platform-as-a-service company that can deliver the infrastructure, software solutions, and the technical expertise to support global telcos in their quest to fully realize the promise of 5G.”
HPE’s edge-to-cloud platform is uniquely positioned to help telecoms capitalize on the 5G opportunity by leveraging a cloud-native software stack for 5G core, and by optimizing telecom core and edge infrastructure blueprints, and Wi-Fi 6 enabled services.
Built on open and interoperable platforms combined with carrier-grade infrastructure and modular software components, the portfolio of offerings allow telecoms to incorporate more automation, become more agile, and deploy new 5G services faster across the telco core, the telco edge and into the enterprise.
“Openness is essential to the evolutionary nature of 5G and with HPE 5G Core Stack telcos can reduce operational costs, deploy features faster and keep themselves open to multiple networks and technologies while avoiding being locked-in to a single vendor approach,” says Phil Mottram, VP and GM of the CMS Business Unit at HPE.
“HPE has one of the broadest 5G portfolios in the market and is uniquely positioned to help telcos build an open multi-vendor 5G core, optimize the edge with vRAN, and deliver connectivity and new compute services to the enterprise using MEC and Wi-Fi 6,” he continues.
5G promises to revolutionize the technology landscape, but the journey to pervasive 5G is in its early stages. To fully realize the benefits and power of 5G, a standalone 5G core needs to be combined with the nascent 5G radio access networks.
At the edge of the telco network, legacy network infrastructure in the RAN also uses proprietary network technology that results in high operational costs and limited agility. Furthermore, the higher frequencies of 5G have issues penetrating buildings, therefore telecoms will need to be able to utilize both 5G RAN and Wi-Fi 6 networks in the enterprise in order to provide uninterrupted service to their customers as they enter shopping malls, campuses, and office buildings.
HPE’s open 5G portfolio offers the solution to these 5G challenges at the core, at the edge and in the enterprise and promises to unleash the potential of 5G, enabling a host of new applications across a range of industries, including automotive, education, financial services, government, manufacturing, and utilities.
These edge-to-cloud 5G-ready technologies are available on a pay-as-you-go or subscription basis via HPE GreenLake.
With HPE GreenLake, telecoms can grow and expand their network as new users come online and pay monthly based on measured utilization. Through HPE GreenLake, the entire stack can be operated on behalf of the customer to free resources to focus on innovation at the network and enterprise edge.
Accelerating the Adoption of 5G with a cloud-native 5G Core software stack
The promise of 5G will be unleashed through open, modern platforms, interoperable with existing networks to allow telecoms to bring new 5G services to the market quickly while bridging from previous generation networks. Only when radio access networks are combined with a 5G core network can the true value of 5G be realized as management becomes more holistic.
The HPE 5G Core Stack is a cloud-native, containerized 5G core network software stack that accelerates the journey to new 5G revenue streams seamlessly integrates with previous generation networks and is future-ready for upcoming advancements in 5G standards.
The 5G Core Stack will be available as an integrated software and hardware platform, based on validated HPE Telco core and edge blueprints, and delivered as-a-service with HPE GreenLake. By deploying a truly open, cloud-native 5G core, telcos can swap out network functions as needed, enabling them to respond to market developments and avoid vendor lock-in.
Extending the 5G Experience to the Enterprise with Wi-Fi 6
Today, when subscribers enter a building and manually switch to the enterprise Wi-Fi network to maintain high-performance connectivity inside, subscriber access and visibility can be lost, limiting the telco operators’ ability to deliver services. Using Passpoint technology and the new Aruba Air Pass service, cellular subscribers can now securely and automatically roam onto participating Aruba enterprise customer Wi-Fi networks using their SIM credentials and be visible to mobile network operators.
This technology extends the 5G footprint into the enterprise while allowing telecoms access to Wi-Fi connected users and IoT devices and is essential for maintaining high service levels and the ability to create and monetize new services.
HPE will partner to accelerate opportunities building on Aruba Air Pass and Air Slice to further enhance the integration of the network and customer edges by enabling subscribers to seamlessly roam from 5G cellular to Wi-Fi networks along with the guaranteed quality of service, all cloud-managed by Aruba Central. Aruba Central is a unified network operation, assurance and security platform that simplifies the deployment, management and service assurance of wireless, wired and SD-WAN environments.
The full HPE 5G Core Stack will be available globally in the second half of 2020 with consumption-based pricing based on HPE GreenLake models.
Aruba Air Pass and Aruba Air Slice are generally available today.
Edited by Luis Monzon
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