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Aruba Bridges 5G, Wi-Fi 6; HPE Launches 5G Portfolio

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… voice-grade in some areas but not all,” Minderhout said. “And I see this driving across-the-board, voice-grade coverage for the entire system.”

Minderhout said that while mass 5G adoption in the enterprise might come down to market initiatives that Apple and the carriers drive, customers are considering 5G as their workforces become more and more mobile and focused on bring-your-own-device (BYOD).

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Layer 3’s Doug Minderhout

“They’re going to be looking at [5G] heavily as a way to facilitate and enable that mobile workforce,” he said.

Jeffrey Schwartz wrote last fall about the implications of Wi-Fi 6, which is known more technically as 802.11ax. The Wi-Fi alliance last year announced a program that will certify vendors according to a Wi-Fi 6 industry standard. Aruba last week announced that all of its wireless LAN access points meet the new standard.

Aruba’s parent company, HPE, on the same day announced a portfolio for as-a-service 5G offerings. That includes the new 5G Core Stack and a platform that enables Virtual Radio Access Networks (vRAN).

“Openness is essential to the evolutionary nature of 5G, and with HPE 5G Core Stack, telcos can reduce operational costs, deploy features faster and keep themselves open to multiple networks and technologies while avoiding being locked-in to a single vendor approach,” said Phil Mottram, vice president and general manager of HPE’s communications and media solutions business unit. “HPE has one of the broadest 5G portfolios in the market and is uniquely positioned to help telcos build an open, multivendor 5G core, optimize the edge with vRAN, and deliver connectivity and new compute services to the enterprise using MEC and Wi-Fi 6.”

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