AT&T has chosen Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for cloud-based subscriber data management solutions.
Subscriber data management (SDM) allows communications service providers (CSPs) to consolidate and manage subscriber and device data via a single, unified repository, enabling operators to simplify their network topologies and avoid data duplication and inconsistencies. Thus, CSPs can simplify the creation of new personalised services quicker and more cost-effectively by offering streamlined access to user data, as well as enhance revenue opportunities per user by providing more targeted offerings.
According to Dave Sliter, Vice President and General Manager, Communications Solutions Business, HPE, "The progression of NFV makes it possible for core network functions like SDM to be virtualized, rapidly bringing the benefits of the telco cloud to CSPs. AT&T's transformation from physical hardware to HPE's cloud-based SDM solution will provide a highly scalable, reliable and flexible standards-based architecture that supports a diverse and evolving services ecosystem to help make hybrid IT simple."
AT&T is transitioning to cloud-based virtual functions operating on the AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC). The company is deploying software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV to make its network quicker, simpler and more scalable. HPE I-HSS serves as an integrated home location register (HLR), home subscriber services (HSS) and authentication, authorisation and access (AAA) databases, supporting a frontend/backend architecture.
HPE SDM solutions are entirely standards compliant, offer support for multiple network technologies (3G, 4G, 5G, IMS, VoWiFi and VoLTE) and merge with third party network equipment vendor systems, helping AT&T to avoid vendor lock-in now and in the future.
Paul Greendyk, Vice President, Mobile Core & Network Services, AT&T said, "HPE's I-HSS is an important component in AT&T's plan to virtualize and migrate our network functions to software running on AT&T's Integrated Cloud (AIC), using cost effective, standardized equipment.”