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Cobham Wireless Launches NFV-based Test Tool for Virtual EPC Validation

23 June 2017
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Cobham Wireless Launches NFV-based Test Tool for Virtual EPC Validation Image Credit: Cobham Wireless

Cobham Wireless has launched TeraVM LaaS (Lab-as-a-Service) for core network testing that supports mobile operator networks as they shift towards virtualised, NFV infrastructures.

According to Cobham Wireless, TeraVM LaaS provides a comprehensive validation platform for the virtual evolved packet core (vEPC), offering an automation framework, that integrates with any orchestration (MANO) platform for both EPC network functions and test elements simultaneously.

TeraVM LaaS offers a complete end-to-end testing solution from RAN to core when used with Cobham Wireless’ TM500, which stress tests the impact of RAN traffic on the core network.

Partnering with ng4T, TeraVM LaaS can emulate thousands of base stations and millions of mobile subscribers in a single virtual machine. Carsten Fuchs, COO at ng4T commented, “Combining TeraVM’s high performance application traffic generator with the NG40 multi vRAN control plane load generator enables service providers to scale within a data centre, emulating hundreds of gigabits per second of real world data traffic, and millions of connections, at the same time. This offers a game-changing solution for virtual core network validation.”

TeraVM LaaS can be deployed as a virtual network function (VNF) due to the addition of its software defined lab (SDL) functionality, via Luxoft’s NFV automation and testing framework. 

James Hopson, Product Manager, Luxoft
Cobham Wireless’ partnership with Luxoft allows for simplification and automation of a full end-to-end test environment. This includes the creation of test beds, automation of the start-up, teardown and configuration of test topologies, configuration of physical and virtual networks and easy access and sharing of VNFs.

Robert Winters, Global Director, Cobham Wireless 
Cobham Wireless’ TeraVM LaaS can verify conformance for a wide range of new virtual, ETSI-NFV enhancements, in preparation for 5G. This includes being able to test new services, software upgrades, power outage and failover scenarios, capacity planning upgrades, new vendor integration, edge computing and network slicing. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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