Spirent Communications plc (LSE:SPT), the provider of test, measurement, assurance and analytics solutions for next-generation devices and networks, has been selected by a tier-one US mobile operator to support nationwide 5G assurance efforts, the company said.
The operator will deploy Spirent VisionWorks for active assurance, initially testing end-to-end performance across its Non-standalone (NSA) 5G network. The deployment is underway in more than two dozen 5G markets, with plans to expand to hundreds more over time and to support the roll out of Standalone 5G beginning next year.
Initial 5G deployment strategies see operators layering 5G NSA on top of expansive 4G networks before moving to Standalone 5G networks. As operators evolve from 4G to NSA 5G and eventually Standalone 5G, they acquire expansive new network slicing capabilities, which create new challenges for how quality is assured.
Operators are also challenged with 5G´s comparatively compressed rollout timelines and the unending waterfall of new technologies and standards to track and implement. With heightened focus on performance and extreme complexity, a solution that can rapidly identify and resolve trouble issues is imperative.
In early 5G deployments, VisionWorks has been proven to assure performance and quickly resolve complex end-to-end issues. It performs active testing from outside the network and inside the network all the way to the core, while monitoring end-to-end services. In the deployment has announced, VisionWorks will initially be used to isolate the root causes of performance issues such as low data throughput and high latency, paving the way for new high-performance services via network slicing.
Spirent Communications offers test, measurement, analytics, and assurance solutions for next-generation devices and networks. The company provides products, services and information for high-speed Ethernet, positioning and mobile network infrastructure markets, with expanding focus on service assurance, cybersecurity and 5G. Spirent is accelerating the transition of connected devices, network equipment and applications from development labs to the operational network, as it continues to innovate toward fully automated testing and autonomous service assurance solutions.