Viavi Solutions has announced that it has been selected as the open radio access network (O-RAN) test and measurement partner at a test and certification lab, run jointly by Korean organisations, Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI).
Viavi is providing its TM500 O-RU tester, providing conformance testing, O-RAN fronthaul transport layer testing, and 5G physical layer testing to validate performance and interoperability. The TM500 O-RU tester supports O-RAN WG 4 specifications as well as 3GPP 38.141 – 1 release.
The growth of O-RAN has become a worldwide phenomenon, as operators and vendors around the world have rallied towards the evolving standards. As the standards allow for multiple vendors, both new and legacy, to provide equipment for different parts of the 5G network, this makes conformance and interoperability testing more critical than ever.
Viavi offers the most comprehensive test suite on the market for lab validation, field deployment and service assurance of O-RAN networks. With vast experience validating network products for operators and manufacturers worldwide, VIAVI allows any node – O-RU, O-DU, O-CU, RIC and Core – and complete end-to-end testing to be performed on premise, in the cloud or as a service.
Commenting on the development, Younghae Choi, president, TTA, “The growth in O-RAN is a great leveler when it comes to communications infrastructure vendors. Where previously there were two or three major vendors, there are now literally hundreds of vendors all vying for their place in the network and innovating to provide what the market needs. This new multi-vendor environment makes conformance and interoperability testing fundamental and we are thankful to Viavi for their important role in supporting our efforts in the Korean market.”
Meanwhile, Rajesh Rao, vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan, Viavi, said, “Korea has been one of world’s hotspots for innovation for many years. When you look below the surface you see the vital work of organisations like the TTA and ETRI in maintaining Korea’s leadership in innovation. We are proud to support both the TTA and ETRI as they help prepare Korean vendors and the wider ecosystem for the growth in O-RAN based networks.”