Thursday, 28 June 2018 01:24

HPE, Deutsche Telekom demonstrate Network Data Layer for 5G architecture

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Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Deutsche Telekom AG have announced that they recently implemented the world’s first Network Data Layer proof-of-concept, integrating various Virtual Network Functions of different vendors in a cloud infrastructure.  

The Deutsche Telekom-deployed NDL uses the HPE Shared Data Environment and is compliant with the principles of the Unified Data Layer that has been specified in standardisation bodies – and  simplifies the creation of end-user services by exposing network capabilities to operator services and third-party applications.

Deutsche Telekom says NDL streamlines performance of the heterogeneous network environments for savings on network resources, and operational efficiency.

Sven Langer, senior core network architect at Deutsche Telekom, said, “HPE’s Network Data Layer implementation allowed a rapid and smooth integration with third party VNFs.

“Verified response times in a range of 1 millisecond provide an excellent basis for cloud native network functions to externally store all data, especially dynamic context data that allows seamless failovers and improves the customer experience.”

“Globally, communications service providers are looking for the best approach to evolve to 5G networks as well as innovating to deliver digital services.” said Dave Sliter, vice-president and general manager, Communications and Media Solutions, HPE.

“Adoption of 5G technology introduces major operational and financial challenges. HPE Shared Data Environment is an essential enabler for this transformation and reduces these risks.”

The two companies said in a statement that 5G was set to improve coverage, speed and reliability for mobile users whilst giving CSPs the ability to send data with little latency and high precision.

“5G will also be an essential component for other emerging IoT technology including smart city functions, car-to-car communication, wireless sensors and mobile wearables,” the joint statement said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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