HPE 5G Lab: Multi-vendor interoperability testing for 5G networks

Jul 23, 2020

Published at:
3:30pm on Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 (UK)
Richard Band, Head of Mobile Core and 5G, CMS, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Niall Byrne, VP Network Strategy, Openet
Shubh Agarwal, SVP of Strategic Marketing, Metaswitch
Guy Daniels, Director of Content, TelecomTV

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Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, the HPE 5G Lab provides a standards-based environment for testing, validation and proof-of-concept demonstrations of multivendor 5G solutions – a neutral proving ground for independent solutions providers. To minimize their risks, 5G operators are looking to work with trusted and proven partners that can demonstrate performance and interoperability in a live, real time test environment. The HPE 5G Labs program allows operators to embrace the shift to an open network with confidence and assurance.

To mark the virtual opening of the HPE 5G Lab we are bringing you two special panel discussions between HPE executives and their partner companies.

Filmed using TelecomTV’s Smart Studio service


Richard Band

Head of Mobile Core and 5G, CMS, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


HPE Communications & Media Solutions (CMS) provides an innovative portfolio of telecom industry-specific software products, solutions and professional services for demanding Communications Service Providers (CSPs) globally.

Within the CMS portfolio, the Mobile Core and 5G segment covers HLR/HSS, Shared Data Layer, and 5G Control Plane Network Functions. Richard is responsible for the product strategy, product development and business results in Mobile Core and 5G.

Richard’s career with HPE spans 20 years. His previous roles include WW Network GTM Director, EMEA Domain Director, Vodafone Global Account Manager, Program Manager, Solution Architect and R&D Technical Leader.

Niall Byrne

VP Network Strategy, Openet


Niall is VP Network Strategy at Openet, He has also ran Openet’s engineering function as well as their support and managed services. Niall is currently driving Openet’s 5G “automated Networks” strategy.

Prior to joining Openet in 2006, Niall’s previous experience included 8 years in Ericsson responsible for the development of the Ericsson fraud, revenue management platforms and prepaid charging products.

Shubh Agarwal

SVP of Strategic Marketing, Metaswitch


Shubh Agarwal is the SVP of Strategic Marketing at Metaswitch, a disruptive cloud communications software company. He enjoys exploring innovative solutions as the mobile industry transitions to 5G, driven by software solutions based on cloud infrastructures. He is also an angel investor plus entrepreneur with experience in conceptualizing disruptive AI driving mobile commerce chatbots and cloud communications platforms for CPaaS market. Mr. Agarwal has a 22 year strong track record in new market entry and delivering new mobile core and radio products into the global service provider market at Nortel, Siemens and was instrumental as the strategy, marketing leader responsible for pre-IPO growth at Mavenir Systems. Shubh Agarwal attended EMBA program at Emory University and holds Wireless Engineering degrees from Rutgers University.

Guy Daniels

Director of Content, TelecomTV


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