We’re just weeks away from DISH Wireless launching its highly anticipated 5G beta service in Las Vegas as we inch closer to the end of 2021. DISH has selected Spirent Communications for “autonomous” testing of its 5G core and to validate its one-of-a-kind 5G network.
In July of this year, Spirent announced testing functions and services on AWS cloud infrastructure- just what DISH Wireless needs. DISH will be the first telecom company to run its entire network on the public cloud in partnership with AWS for its cloud infrastructure. Spirent will use a new Lanslide 5GC Automation Package that the company says is “designed to help carriers to rapidly deploy 5G networks on AWS.” The package combines AWS’ Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline with Spirent’s 5G test capabilities to enable carriers to “objectively, rapidly, and continuously” validate network functions and services.” Jio Platforms has used Spirent’s Landslide solution to test its cloud-native 5G standalone core network for real-world traffic conditions and workloads.
Doug Roberts, GM of Spirent’s lifecycle service assurance business, said of the partnership, “DISH is transforming the industry as it prepares to deploy 5G in a public cloud network and pioneer Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) technology,” he continued, “Spirent understands the inherent challenges that come with building an open, secure network and supporting a new, first-of-its-kind delivery model. We’re excited to assist DISH in driving operational excellence across the entire lifecycle with industry-leading automation, coverage, and analytics capabilities.”
When the Landslide automation package was announced with AWS, Roberts said, “Service providers around the world are facing a number of distinct challenges as they look to deliver on the promise of 5G. The race is on to deploy new 5G technology, but because it is highly complex and new, there is a genuine lack of expertise and resources available to establish and deliver the vital 5G core testing and validation necessary to successfully get these complex networks and services to market.”
“By automating the testing process, DISH can continuously verify real-world performance and resilience during its network rollout, proving the public cloud is telco-grade, and scaling up a continuously improving system,” Spirent said in announcing the 5G core testing deal with DISH.
Marc Rouanne, chief network officer of DISH Wireless, said in a statement, “As we deploy our cloud-native 5G network, we’re looking forward to seeing the transformation of how organizations and customers will order and consume 5G services on their own slices and private networks.”
Source: RCR Wireless