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Spirent Communications plc, the leading provider of test and assurance solutions for next-generation devices and networks, announced that NTT DOCOMO, INC. is using Spirent technology for its 5G Open RAN Ecosystem (OREC) testing. Utilizing Spirent’s O-RAN capabilities, NTT DOCOMO is testing the O-RAN for multi-vendor interoperability and real-world performance to support the implementation of Open RANs.
“Customers like NTT DOCOMO have an excellent opportunity to leverage O-RAN to build a true multi-vendor network that drives increased innovation to deliver unique and differentiated services to their customers,” says Doug Roberts, general manager of Spirent Lifecycle Service Assurance. “However, due to the complexity involved, operators need to ensure that the O-RAN technology functions and performs as expected. Spirent technology provides that validation.”
“Because O-RAN is a disaggregated network, each O-RAN function needs to be tested independently, as well as with the adjacent functions together, and then end-to-end,” says Sadayuki Abeta, Corporate Evangelist at NTT DOCOMO . “Emulation in particular is a critical element of any O-RAN testbed and Spirent is the market leader in this area. Including its technology as a key component of OREC testing will ensure operators can gain confidence in their O-RAN deployments.”
The OREC project leverages NTT DOCOMO ’s expertise and the capabilities of major global vendors. It provides open labs that enable mobile network operators to become familiar with the OREC ecosystem and test multivendor solutions. The OREC project promotes the interoperability and commercialization of vRAN solutions conforming to the O-RAN Alliance standards.