Viavi Solutions has launched OneAdvisor, a new instrument platform designed to address the evolving requirements of communication service providers, their field technicians and their contractors. As 5G becomes more ubiquitous in 2020 onward, network operators are aggressively scaling and commercialising this technology using large workforces of technicians or contractors to install and activate tens of thousands of cell sites. The first OneAdvisor solution, ONA-800, provides the essential combination of technology coverage, test features, and test process automation to facilitate this aggressive network deployment.
The VIAVI ONA-800 allows cell site technicians to test fibre, RF, and CPRI/Ethernet from a single instrument, replacing multiple independent tools (OTDR, CAA, Fibre Scope) and significantly reducing the total cost of ownership for service providers and contractors. The workflow UI in the instrument carefully guides technicians, internal or external, through a pre-configured common test process, making sure that everyone completes the job in the same way and to the same specifications. The ONA-800 is supported by reporting and workflow software to automate job certification reports so contractors and technicians can rapidly close out jobs and move to the next one.
VIAVI has led the industry with specialised, high-performance field instruments to support mobile service providers worldwide, from CellAdvisor 5G, the most comprehensive 5G base station analyser and T-BERD/MTS-5,800, the handheld Metro test solution used to commission Ethernet fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul to T-BERD/MTS 4000, the OTDR solution used to construct and build fibre networks. Leveraging the heritage of this instrument portfolio, VIAVI has combined the expertise of all into a single modular platform in an ultra-portable form factor, designed to allow a distributed workforce to address multiple network technologies from site to site.
The ONA-800 can be configured to test fibre, coaxial cable, radio frequency (RF) spectrum, Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI), Ethernet and antenna alignment, based on carrier test plans. It supports easy, fast, low-cost installation because field technicians get built-in guidance, automatic configuration, pass/fail results, and a single report package ready for closeout. The instrument mainframe includes an 8-inch touchscreen and can accommodate two modules for multi-technology testing.
Commenting on the development, Kevin Oliver, vice president and general manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, VIAVI, said, “5G represents a quantum leap in network complexity, from the frequency bands used, to diversity of the x-haul technologies, to the possibility of multiple radio vendors. We’re committed to taking complexity out of the test process. We designed OneAdvisor so a technician of any skill level can efficiently execute tests to certify and close out cell site deployment, expediting time to revenue for contractors and service providers, and optimising subscriber satisfaction.”