KDDI advances O-RAN compliant 5G standalone virtualized base stations in Japan with HPE telco infrastructure

Open RAN and vRAN workload-optimized HPE server accelerates large-scale 5G deployment and delivers reduced footprint and resilience to accommodate 5G base station requirements.

Tokyo, Japan – Mar. 2, 2022 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced that KDDI, a leading Japanese telecommunications provider, is using the HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus - Telco server for the commercial network operation of O-RAN compliant 5G standalone base stations.

KDDI is accelerating construction of 5G base stations across Japan in efforts to expedite 5G availability. The HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus - Telco server used for the virtualized base station is designed for Open RAN (radio access network) and vRAN workloads, and is optimized for edge applications that require high bandwidth and low latency.

“The O-RAN compliant 5G virtualized base stations we developed are now commercially operational,” said Kazuyuki Yoshimura, Chief Technology Officer, KDDI Corporation. “With open and virtualized base stations, KDDI aims to provide customers with advanced communication services which flexibly and quickly support their use cases. KDDI will continue to take the lead in developing innovative network technologies, while providing customers with safe and secure communications in addition to new value-added experiences.” 

HPE is collaborating with telecoms operators to provide a consistent near zero-touch operational experience for the deployment of its disaggregated RAN infrastructure and workloads, bringing infrastructure automation and management, as well as network and service management to a single, centralized and cloud-based platform.

“It is a great honor to support KDDI’s initiative with HPE telco infrastructure amidst heightened expectations for 5G as digital transformation accelerates in Japan, said Hirokazu Mochizuki, managing director, HPE Japan. With more than 30 years of expertise and innovation working with the telco industry, we look forward to joining forces with KDDI in propelling the 5G economy and contributing to a sustainable society.”

The HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus - Telco server includes built-in security, intelligent management automation, is based on an open, standards-based architecture, and supports software-based RAN solutions from a variety of vendors. Security is implemented at the silicon level. Operational management efficiency is achieved through automation and software defined control to help reduce time for provisioning, maintenance, and deployment.  The server is carrier-grade and integrates multiple functions (baseband unit, relay gateway, and cell site gateway router) to reduce the footprint needed in 5G base stations.

The exponential data growth driven by advances with new digital experiences is accelerating the need for a commercial roll out of 5G, which enables higher speed, higher capacity, and lower latency communications. 5G has been developed with open standards to unlock greater innovation, reduce costs, and boost innovation. HPE is contributing to the O-RAN Alliance and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) who are both driving this major industry shift.

The HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus - Telco server is an integral component of the HPE Open RAN Solution Stack which complements the HPE 5G Core Stack. HPE Open RAN Solution Stack helps operators to design, deploy and manage resources and applications together from a common and centralized platform. Both solutions are developed by HPE Communications Technology Group (CTG), which offers one of the broadest telco portfolios in the market, and helps telcos and enterprises take advantage of the huge 5G market opportunity with a family of open, interoperable solution stacks.

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