Orange and Dell partner on 5G architectures

03 May 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Orange and Dell have entered into an agreement to jointly develop technology for distributed cloud architectures to generate real-time edge use cases and new service opportunities for 5G.

Both parties will collaborate on meeting the demands for new distributed architectures for 5G combining cloud and mobility. These distributed architectures will provide a common hardware foundation of automated, agnostic software-defined infrastructure, extending from on premise to the radio to the core, to accelerate innovation and service delivery.

"Orange entered this agreement with Dell Technologies to work jointly on a variety of topics revolving around edge computing and acceleration technologies that will be key to reach the full promise of 5G," said Stéphane Demartis, vice president of Orange Corporate Cloud Infrastructure. "We believe it's essential to prepare the ecosystem for Telco use cases while progressing in our knowledge of the future technologies. Orange expects from this partnership with Dell EMC not only technical but also business outcomes in order to fuel our strategy towards Multi-access edge computing transformation."

All layers of the network stack within the new mobile platforms will be visible to management systems, and those management systems will autonomously ensure both efficient network operations and high customer experience. In order to capitalise on the new business opportunities of 5G, Communication Service Providers require open, standardised architectures combined with SDN, NFV, cloud native applications and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC).

"We're working closely with Orange to combine our joint Telco best practices with decades of data centre transformation experience to help service providers re-tool their operations to quickly and profitably roll out new 5G services," added Tom Burns, senior vice president, Dell EMC Networking & Solutions. "For 5G and Telco cloud services, service providers are turning to IT-proven technologies such as IaaS, virtualisation, and standardised infrastructure to deliver the required agility, security and control. Dell Technologies has helped our data centre customers thrive for decades with a trusted, world-class supply chain and support system."