HPE debuts multi-vendor 5G test lab

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has created a new 5G lab where telcos and suppliers can test and validate the performance and interoperability of various network core functions using multiple vendors.The lab is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, but customers and HPE partners globally can access it remotely. Personnel is provided to manage and operate the on-site environment, as well as help with integration and testing.
Nokia is one of the major partners to sign on for the initial launch, which is meant to bring platform providers and telcos together to work on open and unified 5G core solutions. Other partners include Affirmed Networks, Casa systems, Intel, Openet, Metaswitch and Red Hat. Last week, Amdocs announced plans to acquire BSS vendor Openet in a $180 million cash deal to boost its 5G portfolio.  

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The ultimate plan for the lab, according to Domenico Convertino, vice president of product management at HPE CMS, is to “provide an accelerator for 5G operators to deliver new service and …

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