Tech Mahindra has collaborated with Keysight Technologies, an advanced design and validation solutions provider that helps accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, to certify 5G equipment of open radio access network (O-RAN) in Tech Mahindra’s 5G O-RAN test lab facility located in New Jersey, USA.

By leveraging Keysight’s O-RAN architect (KORA) solutions, Tech Mahindra’s 5G O-RAN lab will become fully equipped to perform end-to-end validation of designs developed by communication service providers (CSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and original design manufactures (ODMs) in compliance to specifications defined by the O-RAN alliance. This ensures that the entire O-RAN system, built on open standards and disaggregated network architectures, performs as expected in terms of data speed, capacity, connection latency and security.

Commenting on the development, Cao Peng, vice president and general manager, Wireless Business, Keysight, said, “Keysight is pleased to provide Tech Mahindra with integrated test solutions for rigorous interoperability, performance and security validation under real-world conditions. As a result, Tech Mahindra can cost-effectively support a global ecosystem with a comprehensive range of O-RAN test services.”

The collaboration will equip Tech Mahindra’s O-RAN lab with KORA solutions, including RuSIM, DuSIM, CuSIM and CoreSIM for performing 5G standalone O-RAN validation. These solutions will allow Tech Mahindra to validate the performance of 5G standalone O-RAN systems consisting of O-RAN radio units (O-RUs), centralised unit (O-CUs) and distributed units (O-DUs).

Meanwhile, Rohit Madhok, senior vice president and global head, Digital Engineering Services, Tech Mahindra, said, “As O-RAN implementations continue to grow, innovative test solutions are needed to make them more intelligent, and interoperable for 5G deployment. Tech Mahindra’s NXT.NOW strategy enables us to accelerate 5G adoption and re-imagine an enterprise’s journey towards the future of connectivity. Through this collaboration with Keysight, Tech Mahindra’s O-RAN lab facility empowers CSPs, ISVs, OEMs and ODMs around the world to validate end-to-end performance of O-RAN implementations.”

Keysight offers a wide range of O-RAN test, emulation and optimization solutions that enable vendors of small cells, macro cells and cloud RAN as well as mobile operators, test labs and hyperscale data centers to verify functionality and compliance to standards and system performance prior to live network deployment. As part of NXT.NOW framework, which aims to enhance ‘Human Centric Experience’, Tech Mahindra focuses on investing in emerging technologies and solutions that enable digital transformation and meet the evolving needs of the customer.