Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has acquired Athonet, a privately owned mobile network tech provider that supplies 4G and 5G mobile core networks. Based in Vicenza, Italy, Athonet has more than 450 successful customer deployments in various industries, for mobile operators, hospitals, airports, transportation ports, utilities, government and public safety organisations. No financial details were disclosed about the transaction, which should close at the beginning of the third quarter of HPE’s 2023 fiscal year.

HPE said the combination of Athonet with its own HPE telco and Aruba networking portfolios will put the company at the forefront of a growing market, strengthening its private networking capabilities. With Athonet, HPE will be able to to deliver private networking capabilities directly to enterprises as part of HPE’s Aruba networking portfolio, and help communications service providers quickly deploy private 5G networks for their customers. HPE added that it will have one of the most complete private 5G and Wi-Fi portfolios for communication service provider and enterprise customers.

HPE GreenLake to offer private 5G, Wi-Fi, as a service 

HPE GreenLake, HPE’s edge-to-cloud platform, will offer Athonet private 5G services and systems, combining all costs for Wi-Fi and private 5G into one single monthly subscription, with no capital expenditure. There will be flexible consumption options, including HPE’s networking as a service, which HPE said will make the deployment of 5G networks a less risky affair, with little upfront investment and scaled according to demand.

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