HPE launches 5G Lab to fast track deployment of next generation connectivity

The HPE 5G Lab will focus on open, interoperable 5G innovation, as telcos prepare for mass adoption of 5G in the coming years
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has launched a new research, testing and development laboratory where telcos and industry partners can validate and integrate new 5G network solutions.

HPE’s 5G Lab will allow telcos to speed up 5G adoption and access new revenues faster by getting hands-on experience with the latest 5G innovations in a live test environment.

“Governments and telecoms operators around the world are looking to open 5G technologies as an opportunity to move away from a number of vendors which have raised fundamental concerns around security, resilience and market diversification,” said Phil Mottram, vice president and general manager of Communications and Media Solutions at HPE.

“However, despite multiple successful deployments, doubts still persist about the ability of open 5G technologies to truly replace the old way of building networks. With the launch of the HPE 5G Lab, telcos, solution vendors and national stakeholders can test innovative new solutions with confidence and ensure that they are ready for mass adoption.”

The lab is based around HPE’s 5G portfolio solutions and will include multiple 5G related products and solutions, including:

HPE 5G Core Stack - including 5G network functions from HPE and our partners, HPE Shared Data Environment (SDE) and orchestration layer.

HPE Telco Cloud - including industry-standard servers, storage and networking components to run the 5G network, along with cloud and container platform software such as HPE Ezmeral Container Platform, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenStack platform, and VMware Tanzu.

HPE Telco Blueprints for Core and Edge - including the infrastructure and VM stacks, supporting both third-party and HPE solutions such as the HPE 5G Core Stack and HPE Edge Orchestrator.

Aruba networking equipment supporting telco-provisioned services for enterprise and Wi-Fi 6/5G interworking.

The HPE 5G Lab has already gained support from key industry leaders including Affirmed Networks, Casa Systems, Intel, JMA Wireless, Metaswitch, Nokia, Openet and Red Hat.

“Red Hat is excited to continue our work with HPE to advance open source technologies and principles to help organisations look to deploy their next generation 5G networks. With the integration of our industry leading container platform, Red Hat OpenShift, to the HPE 5G Core Stack and the new HPE 5G Lab, businesses can be empowered to test, innovate and build on an open cloud-native infrastructure.” - Darrell Jordan-Smith, global vice president, vertical industries and accounts, Red Hat

The initial focus of the HPE 5G Lab will be to bring innovation to the previously monolithic cellular network core. To fully realise the benefits and power of 5G, initial deployments of 5G radio access networks, currently utilising 4G core infrastructure need to migrate to a standalone 5G core. This will enable holistic management, data sharing, and slicing into virtual 5G networks with dedicated usage and characteristics. The HPE 5G Core Stack is truly open, allowing telcos to swap out network functions (NFs) as needed and therefore stay nimble and ahead of the competition. The HPE 5G Lab enables telcos to test and validate multiple NFs from different vendors whilst relying on HPE for integration with the HPE 5G Core Stack.

HPE has over 30 years of experience in the telecoms industry, with more than 300 telco customers in 160 countries. In the core, 700 million subscribers across 82 carriers depend on HPE Mobile Core software, and HPE has been recognised by Frost & Sullivan with the 2019 Leadership award for Global 5G Infrastructure Enabling Technology. 

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