Hewlett Packard Enterprise and TELUS to pioneer Canada’s first 5G Open RAN network

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and TELUS to pioneer Canada’s first 5G Open RAN network

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced a collaboration with TELUS to build Canada’s first 5G open radio access network (Open RAN). The initiative, according to the company, aims to enhance connectivity across 3,000 sites, offering faster and more responsive services to customers.

The infrastructure provided by HPE includes the deployment of HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen11 servers, designed for high-performance telecommunications tasks. These servers offer an open and flexible foundation, allowing TELUS to deliver cellular connectivity to both urban and rural areas.

By leveraging Open RAN infrastructure, TELUS can ensure interoperability and scalability in building its 5G network, according to the company. The servers will serve as the foundation for a Distributed Unit (DU), responsible for data transmission across the network.

According to Phil Cutrone, senior vice president and general manager of service providers, OEM, and telco at HPE, Open RAN technology empowers telco companies to design and manage their networks according to their preferences.

The transition to 5G networks is expected to revolutionize data networks worldwide, enabling real-time IoT systems and embedding AI in various applications. This technological shift is projected to increase network traffic by 2028, catering to the needs of remote and rural businesses and consumers who previously had limited access to data networks.

Nazim Benhadid, chief technology officer at TELUS, expressed excitement about enhancing mobile communications for Canadians through the integration of 5G with Open RAN.

“Partnering with HPE, we are constructing a next-generation network that lays the foundation for continuous innovation and success for both our business and consumer customers. Moreover, this HPE solution not only meets the performance requirements but also plays a pivotal role in our commitment to reducing energy intensity per terabyte of data traffic by 50% by 2030,” adds Benhadid.

The HPE ProLiant Gen11 servers are purpose-built and compliant with Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) standards, ensuring reliability and flexibility in an Open RAN environment. Leveraging AI-enabled features, these servers optimize power consumption without compromising network performance, leading to infrastructure power savings compared to existing implementations of Open RAN.

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