Hewlett Packard Enterprise Doubles Down on Private 5G, Extends Leadership in Wireless Connectivity with Acquisition of Athonet

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced the expansion of its
connected edge-to-cloud offering with the acquisition of Athonet, a private cellular network technology provider that delivers mobile core networks to enterprises and communication service providers. Combined with the HPE telco and Aruba networking portfolios, Athonet will put HPE at the forefront of a growing market that is predicted by IDC to increase to more than $1.6 billion^1 by 2026.

Based in Vicenza, Italy, Athonet has more than 15 years of experience delivering 4G and 5G mobile core solutions to customers and partners globally.

Athonet is an award-winning technology pioneer with more than 450 successful customer deployments in various industries, including leading mobile operators, hospitals, airports, transportation ports, utilities, government
and public safety organizations.

With enterprises facing complex connectivity challenges across large and remote sites, private 5G offers high levels of coverage, reliability and mobility across campus and industrial environments. It also augments the
cost-effective, high-capacity connectivity provided by Wi-Fi.

The incorporation of Athonet’s technology will allow HPE to deliver private networking capabilities directly to enterprises as part of HPE’s Aruba networking portfolio, while also enabling communications service providers
(CSPs) to quickly deploy private 5G networks for their customers.

“Telco customers are looking for simpler ways to deploy private 5G networks to meet growing customer expectations at the connected edge,” said Tom Craig,
global vice president and general manager, Communications Technology Group at
HPE.  “At the same time, enterprise customers are demanding a customized 5G experience with low-latency, segregated resources, extended range and security
across campus and industrial environments that complement their existing wireless networks. With the acquisition of Athonet, HPE now has one of the most complete private 5G and Wi-Fi portfolios for CSP and enterprise customers – and we will offer it as a service through HPE GreenLake.”

HPE expands private 5G solutions for both telcos and the enterprise

HPE will integrate Athonet’s technology into its existing CSP and Aruba networking enterprise offerings to create a private networking portfolio that accelerates digital transformation from edge-to-cloud. The networking
portfolio will provide the following benefits:

* Enhanced private networks that combine the high capacity of Wi-Fi with the coverage and mobility of 5G
* Accelerated private 5G deployments that improve agility and innovation to help telco B2B teams and enterprise customers
* New enterprise revenue streams for telcos with differentiated services leveraging 5G and Wi-Fi
* Alignment of costs to revenues with consumption-based models for enterprises and telcos through HPE GreenLake, reducing the risk of entering new markets
* Management of operational complexityand cost efficiency with 5G orchestration and zero-touch automation to deliver new workloads from edge-to-cloud

With 5G investments running into the billions of dollars, CSPs are looking for
simple ways to meet customer needs and drive new B2B revenue by deploying both
edge compute and private 5G networks. The addition of Athonet’s software to
HPE’s telco portfolio enhances one of the broadest communications portfolios
in the market, which serves a base of more than 300 customers across 160
countries and connects more than one billion mobile devices worldwide.
Building on its existing private 5G solutions, HPE’s enhanced offering for
CSPs will support private 4G and 5G networks and include telco-grade
orchestration and automation capabilities. These capabilities will help launch
new B2B services that meet growing customer expectations for the connected

“Athonet was founded to provide customers with private 4G and 5G solutions
that deliver carrier-grade reliability and performance to suit their
increasing and more challenging connectivity needs,” said Gianluca Verin, CEO
and co-founder of Athonet. “We are excited to join HPE and combine our highly
skilled teams as we expand our joint service provider offerings for the
rapidly growing private 5G market and build on HPE’s strategy to be the
leading edge-to-cloud solutions provider.”

Private 5G offers enterprises new capabilities that are ultra-secure, easy to
deploy and manage, ready for highly specialized applications such as robotics
and industrial IoT, data networks and pipelines, and security systems
facilitation. The acquisition of Athonet strengthens Aruba’s connected edge
portfolio, providing the unique and highly sought-after ability to deliver
fully integrated Wi-Fi and private 5G networks. Integration with Aruba Central
will enable network managers to administer Wi-Fi and private 5G through a
single pane of glass and bring to bear the power of AI-powered insights,
workflow automation, and robust security.

HPE GreenLake, HPE’s edge-to-cloud platform, will offer Athonet private 5G
offerings, combining all costs for Wi-Fi and private 5G into one single
monthly subscription with no capital expenditure. Flexible consumption
options, including HPE’s networking as a service, mean private 5G networks can
be deployed with reduced risk, little upfront investment and scaled according
to demand.