HPE’s Open RAN Telecom Blitz: 5 Big Things To Know
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Thursday stepped up its Open RAN initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the cost of operating massive telecom networks with new RAN Automation software for service management and orchestration.
A Partner Ecosystem For Open RAN
HPE’s Communications Technology Group, which has a partner program, is building an ecosystem of partners as it builds out its vRAN and Open RAN solutions, said Craig.
HPE can only be successful with its Open RAN initiative with the help of a broad ecosystem of partners, said Craig.
“There’s not an intent that we go and fulfill all of the management of the disaggregated RAN on our own,” he said. “For sure it will be for us a channel partner play. We also see the network equipment providers as well as the SIs [systems integrators] super key on this journey.”
HPE is planning in the future to announce a number of channel partner plays for Open RAN with key systems integrators, said Craig. “We will most certainly be leaning very heavily on the systems integrator sector,” he said.
HPE is already working on Open RAN with Nokia, Ericsson and other telecom carriers who are “substantial” partners in the initiative, said Craig.
Capperi, for his part, said the Open RAN Automation delivered in a SaaS cloud model will be key for making deployment easier for systems integrators.
“This will simplify life for systems integrators because they will use the software in the cloud—operated by HPE—to operate and instantiate the workloads [for telecom carriers] better and faster,” he said.