Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced that Japanese telco KDDI (au) is using its HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus-Telco server for the commercial network operation of O-RAN compliant 5G Standalone (SA) base stations in Japan. In a press release, HPE confirmed that the Japanese operator is ramping up the buildout of 5G base stations throughout the country to provide more of the population with access to the next generation mobile technology. The vendor’s Telco server being deployed is reportedly designed for Open Radio Access Network (RAN) and vRAN workloads, and is optimised for edge applications that require high bandwidth and low latency.

‘The O-RAN compliant 5G virtualised base stations we developed are now commercially operational,’ said Kazuyuki Yoshimura, Chief Technology Officer, KDDI Corporation. ‘With open and virtualised base stations, KDDI aims to provide customers with advanced communication services which flexibly and quickly support their use cases. KDDI will continue to take the lead in developing innovative network technologies, while providing customers with safe and secure communications in addition to new value added experiences.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month KDDI claimed a ‘world first’ when – working with equipment manufacturers Samsung and Fujitsu – it announced the switch-on of its first commercial 5G SA Open RAN site powered by vRAN in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture. Launched on 18 February 2022, the site is carrying live traffic on KDDI’s network thanks to the deployment of Samsung’s 5G virtualised CU (vCU) and virtualised DU (vDU), Fujitsu’s Massive MIMO radio units.

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