HPE is entering the 5G market, taking square aim at telco network equipment providers like Huawei, Nokia, and Ericsson with a new 5G core network software stack targeted directly at telcos.\n\n5G resources\n\nWhat is 5G? Fast wireless technology for enterprises and phones\nHow 5G frequency affects range and speed\nPrivate 5G can solve some problems that Wi-Fi can\u2019t\nPrivate 5G keeps Whirlpool driverless vehicles rolling\n5G can make for cost-effective private backhaul\nCBRS can bring private 5G to enterprises\n\n\nThe company is selling HPE 5G Core Stack, an open, cloud-native 5G core network solution for deployment of dedicated 5G networks. HPE 5G Core Stack will be available as a pre-integrated software and hardware solution through the company\u2019s HPE GreenLake pay-per-use service.\nHPE notes that while some carriers have already started deploying 5G radio access networks (RAN) services, the true value of 5G will only be realized when access networks are combined with a 5G core network. Some telcos have made 5G deployments and are boasting of it in TV ads, but their services run on top of 4G networks. 5G Core Stack is a pure 5G play and promises greater speed and low latency for not having to run on a legacy 4G network.\nThis is made possible by 5G\u2019s design, which uses open, cloud-native platforms. HPE notes that previous generations of cellular networks relied on proprietary, integrated systems from a small number of incumbent suppliers. This product targets the monopoly Huawei, Nokia, and Ericsson have had on the wireless hardware market up to now.\n\nHPE 5G Core Stack is a fully-featured turnkey 5G core network software stack that offers bandwidth slicing, interworking with previous generation network technologies, and end-to-end automation. It has been designed to be cloud-native and includes stateless containerized network functions (CNF) from HPE and partners, a shared data environment (SDE), a common platform as a service (PaaS) architecture, end-to-end management and orchestration (MANO), and an automation framework. This is all pre-integrated on carrier-grade infrastructure as a service (IaaS) gear.\n\u201cOpenness is essential to the evolutionary nature of 5G. With multi-generational networks, where services delivered across 3G, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi and edge networks will be common, service providers need to reduce operational costs and keep themselves open to multiple networks and technologies while avoiding being locked-in to a single vendor approach,\u201d says Phil Mottram, vice president and general manager of HPE Communications and Media Solutions in a statement.\nAlong with the hardware from HPE GreenLake is a portfolio of telco-specific hardware and software blueprints, which offer validated configurations optimized for specific core and edge telco workloads.\nThe telco-edge blueprints include HPE Edgeline systems that are ideal for Virtual Radio Access Network solutions and Multi Access Edge Computing applications commonly found at the edge of the telco networks. HPE plans to add more blueprints over time, including support for the entire 5G stack.\nHPE telco blueprints will be available from HPE GreenLake, starting with the core infrastructure-as-a-service blueprint and adding more over time, including support for the entire 5G stack. HPE GreenLake can provide open software-defined infrastructure as a service for network equipment providers or telcos that want to deploy their own software stacks.\nHPE CEO Antonio Neri went into further detail with a blog post announcing the product, where he repeatedly used the word \u201ctrust.\u201d This is not an accident, as there isn\u2019t an unintentional word in a posting like this. U.S. federal authorities have repeatedly labeled Huawei a security risk and it has been banned in several nations, including the U.S. Obviously HPE is looking to capitalize on the questions surrounding Huawei, and who can blame them?\nAdding Wi-Fi connectivity\nAlong with the 5G launch, Aruba, an HPE company, announced a new service called Aruba Air Pass that allows for a seamless hand-off between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, without sacrificing security or quality of service.\nBecause 5G standards support aggregation of both 3GPP and Wi-Fi radio access networks (RANs), global telcos can leverage Wi-Fi as an indoor onramp to 5G services to deliver new classes of enterprise services, such as network slicing. This helps enterprise IT teams accelerate their adoption of 5G with an economical solution that\u00a0 improves performance inside the enterprise.\nA major technology behind Aruba Air Pass is Passpoint, a standard created by the Wi-Fi Alliance to enable mobile devices to automatically authenticate on enterprise Wi-Fi networks using their cellular credentials. Passpoint is a broadly accepted standard and is supported on nearly all mobile devices, so there is no vendor lock-in. Aruba Air Pass works with Wi-Fi 6, which is just coming to market, and earlier versions.