Days ahead of Mobile World Congress 2019 Barcelona, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Samsung said that they are collaboration to jointly pitch 5G solutions to communications service providers (CSPs). Both the firms will push solutions related to virtual radio access networks (vRAN) and 5G core networks to CSPs, said a statement from HPE.
As part of the collaboration agreement, a 5G vRAN solution will be made commercially available through Samsung, leveraging Samsung’s vRAN software solutions and system integration services and the new HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System. This vRAN solution will enable CSPs to decouple network functions from the edge infrastructure to deliver flexible, agile and cost-effective offerings for customers.
HPE and Samsung will also deliver joint 5G core solutions. The initial offering will consist of Samsung Packet Core software products and selected HPE 5G core network function (NF) software products utilizing the HPE Shared Data Environment (SDE) and service-based architecture (SbA), to streamline the transition to 5G and address periods of overlap of 5G with 4G and 3G.
HPE said that 5G requires a transformation of telecommunications networks towards an open-standards based architecture, including the replacement of the current proprietary edge appliances with virtual radio access networks (vRAN) running on standard-IT systems.
With this collaboration, HPE and Samsung will combine their respective solutions from edge-to-core infrastructure, data management and radio networks to provide end-to-end solutions to CSPs for their smooth 5G transition, said the company.
“5G enables a new world of inter-connectivity and will transform every sector in society, from automotive to healthcare,” said Phil Davis, President Hybrid IT, Chief Sales Officer, HPE.
“Through close collaboration with HPE and leveraging Samsung’s extensive knowledge, experience, and advanced technologies like core and RAN, both companies will work towards the universal goal of enabling the vision of creating a robust 5G ecosystem,” said Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.