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HPE and Qualcomm collaborate to deliver the next-gen 5G virtualised distributed unit solutions

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Qualcomm Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced plans to collaborate to deliver the next generation of 5G distributed units, powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ inline accelerator card, the Qualcomm X100 5G RAN.

This collaboration aims to address the demands of next-generation networks, simplify deployments and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by delivering high-performance, O-RAN-compliant, energy-efficient, virtualised, cloud-native 5G solutions. Together, HPE and Qualcomm say they aim to transform how networks are designed and next-generation services are delivered.

The companies say that the combination of Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G leadership and HPE’s telecommunication infrastructure expertise will help to ensure virtualised and open RAN platforms are ready to support the high-capacity and low-latency demands of future networks that are needed to enhance user experiences.

Network operators currently face the difficult challenge of deploying cost-effective 5G network infrastructure, while addressing the complexities of next-generation networks. Qualcomm Technologies’ and HPE’s 5G RAN virtualised distributed unit (vDU) solution combines the Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card and the RAN workload optimised HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus Telco Server to deliver the industry’s first fully optimised vDU, the companies claim.

They say the system is designed to support up to four high-performance accelerator cards in an extremely small footprint 1U server, which lowers power consumption, even while supporting dense 5G mid-band and massive MIMO use cases. According to a comprehensive joint study by HPE and Qualcomm Technologies, operators will lower TCO by up to 60% for 5G deployments1.

“HPE is looking forward to collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies to help address the rigorous and ever-changing demands of 5G,” said Hewlett Packard Enterprise general manager and vice president communications technology group Tom Craig. “Our industry-leading HPE carrier-grade infrastructure integrated with Qualcomm Technologies’ innovative technology will further benefit our customers as they expand the deployment of their 5G networks.”

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with HPE to further the capabilities and efficiencies of 5G virtualised networks,” said Qualcomm Technologies senior vice president and general manager 5G mobile broadband and infrastructure Durga Malladi. “Through our collaboration with HPE, we are able to deliver enhanced, powerful and reliable 5G experiences to consumers.”

Qualcomm says its X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card – an optimised and dedicated hardware - is designed to deliver a high-performance, low-latency, and power-efficient solution that is expected to enable cloud-native and virtualised 5G networks deployments by offloading server CPUs from compute-intensive 5G baseband processing.

Hardware solutions such as these, powered by our ‘one technology roadmap’ including foundational 5G technologies, Qualcomm says further positions itself as the edge partner of choice for the cloud economy.


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