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HPE Empowering Telecom Industry by Transforming CSPs into DSPs

AudreyCox

Over the past decade, the global telecom industry has been witnessing a continuously changing business and technology environment. Traditionally the principal revenue streams for telecom operators have been voice and messaging (SMS) with data coming in at a far third till recently. After a decade of impressive growth, are communication service providers (CSPs) facing the end of an era? Or, as we believe, could they be on the verge of a new age—one in which they reinvent themselves as digital service providers? However, today’s telecommunications market is virtually saturated, and competition is intense as the hyper growth phase draws to an end. Today they strive to provide seamless and high-quality voice, data and multimedia services in a multi-device, mobile environment.

So, how does a CSP evolve into a digital service provider? The first challenge is that CSPs need to view themselves not as value service providers but as genuine digital competitors. By using customer data and intelligence, such as location, usage and spending data, CSPs can optimize the customer experience to increase customer loyalty. This information allows CSPs to optimize across connectivity services, media, and entertainment. CSPs can also use this data to expand their services into new verticals and to increase revenue from enterprise customers by providing platforms and infrastructure for new services, instead of simply being a connectivity provider.

 

HPE Expands NFV Offerings to Aid Carriers' Digital Service Provider Transformation

Since the shift to becoming a digital services provider is a complicated transition, many CSPs are turning to HPE for the tools and expertise needed to move to the new business model.  By using HPE’s world-class programmable infrastructure, expertise in automating operation, and on-demand services, CSPs can seamlessly transition to focusing on providing customer experiences.

At Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry in Barcelona, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise announced updates to its network functions virtualization (NFV) portfolio, providing communications service providers (CSPs) access to new tools to speed NFV deployments, as well as virtualized solutions to build innovative and personalized customer services. 

  • HPE NFV System 1.4- an update to HPE's pre-integrated NFV solutions bundle, adding support for and allowing choice between Red Hat OpenStack Platform and HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade 4.0 and integrating the OpenDaylight-based HPE OpenSDN controller
  • HPE VNF Onboarding Factory Service- a new program to enable CSPs to speed-up the virtual network functions (VNF) onboarding process
  • HPE Virtual Headend Manager- a new virtualized solution for managing Internet Protocol television (IPTV) content deployments for improved customer experiences and opening up potential new revenue opportunities
  • Subscriber Data Management on HPE Virtualized NonStop- a new virtualized subscriber data management (SDM) solution optimized for high fault-tolerance, availability and scalability to create new, personalized services faster and more cost-effectively

 

HPE and Red Hat join forces to give customers greater control over NFV deployments

With these new offerings, HPE and Red Hat are building upon an existing alliance, focused on helping customers overcome the inflexibility and high costs created by the data center, application, and IT sprawl by shifting resources to business innovation. This expanded collaboration enables Red Hat to make use of HPE OpenNFV Labs for virtual network function (VNF) validation and for Red Hat OpenStack Platform customers to access HPE VNF Onboarding Services. The HPE OpenNFV Solution Portal is also being expanded to include VNFs from Red Hat partners, providing customers with access to pre-validated solutions that can help simplify deployments.

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Red Hat is a trusted customer choice for telecommunications providers with their leading, open-source based solutions. The HPE and Red Hat partnership allow CSPs to use the HPE world-class standards-based infrastructure and proven software with Red Hat’s expertise in open-source software to deliver a one-stop technology solution for the transition to the digital services provider. 

HPE NFV System is a pre-integrated NFV platform combining HPE hardware and software in a pre-integrated solution bundle optimized for NFV workloads that now offers support for Red Hat OpenStack Platform in addition to HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade. The addition of the Red Hat OpenStack offers CSPs and network equipment providers (NEPs) their choice of pre-packed, pre-tested and supported carrier grade virtual infrastructure management (VIM) tools.

For more information on how CSPs are seeking to move beyond connectivity to become digital service providers visit, read the “Rapid Digital Transformation Taking Place as Communications Service Providers Look to Play a More Pivotal Role” business white paper.

 

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