Spirent and Anritsu to Provide Comprehensive O-RAN Test Portfolio

Combined test solutions ensure full breadth of compliance, performance, and interoperability testing

Spirent Communications plc (LSE: SPT) and Anritsu today announced a partnership presenting a full portfolio of O-RAN testing unmatched in today’s market. This collaboration will provide O-RAN component suppliers (RU, DU, CU), system integrators, and carriers with a complete set of O-RAN solutions covering the full breadth of testing needs.

“In early Open RAN trials, performance gaps have emerged,” said Dave Garrison, Spirent’s Sr. Director of Product Management for Lifecycle Service Assurance. “The challenges with deployment range from lack of multi-vendor interoperability, inconsistent interfaces between vendors, new O-RAN vendor technology performance, and security issues. We’re excited to partner with Anritsu because our collaboration ensures that expanded testing considerations can be addressed before either O-RAN components or an end-to-end system is ready to go live.”

”Anritsu has a long history of developing products that are robust, reliable, and provide repeatable results,” said, Fumihiko Uzawa, Anritsu’s Solution Marketing Director in the IoT Test Solution Division. “We are pleased to continue our legacy into the Open RAN ecosystem by partnering with Spirent Communications and delivering solutions that will accelerate the adoption of Open RAN components. This partnership will offer a wide variety of comprehensive solutions for solving complex issues faced by the Open RAN ecosystem.”

Spirent uniquely offers emulation of all the nodes and interfaces needed to communicate with real network elements in real time and address the interoperability issues that can inhibit a successful adoption of Open RAN. This can now be done through a single user interface that simplifies and automates performance testing. Anritsu provides solutions for RF verification and conformance testing of O-RAN elements and systems, the baseline requirement for release to the market, including a new RU test solution using advanced DU emulator technology. The combination of Spirent and Anritsu working together presents a full portfolio of O-RAN testing for conformance and performance that is unmatched in the industry.

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