Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced a new portfolio of ‘as-a-service‘ network capabilities to its GreenLake portfolio. The new suite will give telecommunications companies the tools build and deploy open 5G networks and will be available in the second half of the year.
The new portfolio will accelerate telcos’ path to revenue growth with 5G and enable them deploy 5G networks quickly. The timing of this launch is interesting as it should allow the replacement of telecoms giants like Huawei, whom the US government is trying to replace.
5G at the core
Mobile network operators and virtual network operators will be able to adopt the new HPE technology at the core and the edge and then repackage for their own enterprise customers.
“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,” said Phil Mottram, vice president and general manager of the Communications and Media Solutions 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, optimise the edge with vRAN, and deliver connectivity and new compute services to the enterprise using MEC and Wi-Fi 6,” continued Mottram.
Aruba Air Pass service
HPE has also launched their Aruba Air Pass and Air Slice service, available now, which allows cellular subscribers to securely and automatically roam onto participating Aruba enterprise customer Wi-Fi networks via their SIM credentials and be visible to mobile network operators.
This technology extends the 5G footprint into the enterprise while allowing telcos access to Wi-Fi connected users and IoT devices – allowing both high service levels and revenue generation from new services.
All HPE cloud-managed services use Aruba Central – a unified network operations, assurance and security platform that simplifies the deployment, management and service assurance of wireless, wired and SD-WAN environments.
“5G has the potential to revolutionise 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,” said 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 realise the promise of 5G,” Melkote continued.