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China Telecom uses Spirent tech to test vendors’ 5G equipment

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Spirent, a company specializing in testing for next-gen devices and networks, has announced its work with China Telecom to assess its 5G Standalone (SA) network equipment. 

According to a statement from both companies, China Telecom used Spirent Landslide to rapidly test 5G core network commercial equipment from four vendors, conducting end-to-end system function verification and interoperability. This development marks a “critical step” forward in the scaled deployment of 5G.

“Spirent Landslide provided valuable reference data for equipment vendors to further optimize offerings, and laid a solid foundation for the scaled deployment of 5G SA.”

Jacky Wu, Spirent.

“The system-wide performance verification of 5G SA core network commercial equipment completed jointly by Spirent, China Telecom and four vendors is a milestone event with great significance to the commercialization of 5G,” said Jacky Wu, Senior Director for Business Development of Spirent Communications. “Spirent Landslide delivered effective assurance to these tests, provided valuable reference data for equipment vendors to further optimize offerings, and laid a solid foundation for the scaled deployment of 5G SA.”

Testing supply vendors

The tests in question place systems under realistic and authentic testing, emulating real-world conditions, and span a range of network elements. In the tests for China Telecom, Spirent Landslide was used to simulate large-scale 5G devices and base stations, to mimic scenarios such as large-scale end point registration, session setup and escalations in service traffic. 

These tests and verifications have helped China Telecom validate and assess system stability and resource allocation within 5G core network equipment from various vendors, and it has played an integral role in both system maintenance and procurement. 

The Spirent Landslide product is an advanced testing solution, which sits within Spirent’s Lifecycle Service Assurance business. The solution is capable of simulating millions of mobile data subscribers accessing wireless networks in various modes, allowing carriers to perform accurate tests on 5G core networks, radio and transportation infrastructures.






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Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.