TOKYO — The Japanese telecommunications company KDDI is using a server by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help support its 5G infrastructure.
KDDI is deploying the HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus – Telco blade server for the commercial network operation of stand-alone 5G base stations, according to HPE this month.
KDDI is accelerating construction of 5G base stations across Japan to “expedite” its 5G availability.
The HPE server being used for the virtualized base station is designed for open radio access network (O-RAN) and virtual radio access network (vRAN) workloads as well as optimized for edge computing applications that require high bandwidth and low latency.
HPE is working with telcos to provide a “near zero-touch” operational experience for the deployment of their disaggregated radio access network (RAN) infrastructure and workloads. The environment brings infrastructure automation and management as well as network and service management to a single cloud-based platform.
The HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus – Telco server includes built-in security and intelligent management automation. It is based on an open, standards-based architecture and supports software-based RAN solutions from various vendors.
The carrier-grade server integrates multiple functions, such as a baseband unit, relay gateway, and cell site gateway router, to reduce the footprint in 5G base stations.
HPE is contributing to the O-RAN Alliance and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), which are both driving the “major industry shift” toward more open-source mobile infrastructure.
Hirokazu Mochizuki, managing director of HPE Japan, said it is “a great honor” to support KDDI’s 5G base station initiative with HPE telecom infrastructure “amidst heightened expectations for 5G, as digital transformation accelerates in Japan.”
“We look forward to joining forces with KDDI in propelling the 5G economy and contributing to a sustainable society,” Mochizuki said.
Kazuyuki Yoshimura, CTO of KDDI, said that with open and virtualized base stations, KDDI aims to provide customers with “advanced communication services, which flexibly and quickly support their use cases.”