VIAVI Solutions, Wednesday announced that its Wireless Business Unit, formerly the network validation division of Cobham Wireless, is now able to offer RANtoCore, a full suite of end-to-end mobile network testing capabilities.
The solution can validate mobile network performance from the radio access network (RAN) to the core, via the mobile edge.
It offers operators and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) the most realistic test environment for optimizing 4G and 4.5G, while enabling the development of 5G technology and the shift of core functionality to the network edge.
The VIAVI RANtoCore solution combines the VIAVI TM500 and the VIAVI TeraVM, from the recently acquired wireless test and measurement business of Cobham plc. The VIAVI TM500 offers a comprehensive and scalable 3GPP-compliant network test system for base station development. It simulates end-user and IoT devices, stress-testing the impact of RAN traffic on the core network.
The VIAVI TeraVM, meanwhile, can test and validate virtualized network functions and the virtual evolved packet core (vEPC), by providing scalable real-world application, secure RAN and cybersecurity attack emulation, said VIAVI. When used together, forming the VIAVI RANtoCore, operators can benefit from a complete end-to-end network testing solution.
The VIAVI RANtoCore solution will enable the development and commercialization of a huge range of use cases. For the connected automotive environment, for example, the solution will validate networks to ensure that a connected car is receiving and prioritizing safety-critical comms between the car’s operating system and sensors in the external environment. At the same time, the network will be able to continuously support but de-prioritize numerous additional traffic streams – such as video-over-IP from a passenger streaming video content on their smartphone.