Open ecosystem suite adapts xHaul to the 5G era

Open ecosystem suite adapts xHaul to the 5G era

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

NEC Corporation and its ecosystem partners A10 Networks, Adtran (formerly ADVA), Fortinet and Juniper Networks have launched the Value Added xHaul Solution Suite to accelerate the monetization transport networks in the 5G era. The new suite will enable traditional IP and optical transport networking to bring additional value with enhanced capabilities, including datacenter networks, network security, and automation to maximize operators’ profitability.

In light of the transition to 5G, xHaul, the backbone of the entire network, needs to adapt to industry transformations, such as Open RAN to enable flexible networking, edge computing and network slicing for monetization, multi-domain automation for operational simplicity, as well as vigilant security measures to protect networks against increasing risks.

To help operators tackle these emerging requirements for xHaul network evolution, NEC takes a unique holistic best-of-breed approach to move beyond the siloed proposition prevalent in the industry today. This collaborative approach improves efficiency and Return on Investment (ROI), enabling the optimization of the entire transport network. Leveraging its extensive experience as a global system integrator, as well as its IT and network engineering expertise, NEC provides a single xHaul suite that delivers tailored offerings for operators to maximize the value and efficiency of their networks.

As a part of 5G xHaul Transformation Services under NEC Open Networks, the new suite is engineered by NEC’s 5G Transport Centers of Excellence (CoEs). These central hubs meet regional and local operators’ needs while ensuring the high performance of networks. The xHaul suite means NEC will continually contribute to advancing operators’ xHaul networks and their business success globally. 

“This is an initiative based on strong relationships, close collaboration and our shared commitment to open and flexible ecosystems,” said Stephan Neidlinger, VP, Global Business Development, Adtran. “With our secure optical and packet networking technology, along with our precise and reliable timing products, we’re empowering NEC to address soaring demand for high-bandwidth, low-latency 5G networks and deliver tomorrow’s xHaul infrastructure.”

“To be competitive, service providers must focus on the quality of user experience being delivered by their 5G-enabled infrastructure, said Thomas Desrues, Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Juniper Networks. “It is crucial to select innovative, best-in-class solutions from a wide range of vendors in an open, interoperable environment as well as work with a world-class integrator like NEC. This approach can uniquely unleash the true value of end-to-end automation, AI, cloud and other networking technologies in support of sustainable business models.

“We are helping to resolve operators’ pressing challenges in an end-to-end optimized approach,” said -Hideyuki Ogata, General Manager, Service Provider Solutions Department, NEC Corporation. “Our new xHaul suite addresses our customers’ demands to adapt to emerging 5G dynamics in xHaul flexibly and with increased simplicity, better quality, and more profitability.”

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