DISH Network Corporation has announced it has selected Spirent Communications plc, a leading global provider of automated test and assurance solutions for networks, cybersecurity, and positioning, to autonomously test its 5G network core and validate its performance. This will allow DISH to continuously integrate functionality into its network and rapidly deliver leading-edge solutions to both retail and enterprise customers.
Having partnered with AWS on cloud infrastructure, DISH is set to become the world's first telecom company to run its service on the public cloud. Spirent's solutions will enable DISH to realise the superior agility of deploying an OpenRAN, cloud-native 5G network while ensuring enhanced customer experiences.
"DISH is transforming the industry as it prepares to deploy 5G in a public cloud network and pioneer Open Radio Access Network technology," said Doug Roberts, general manager of Spirent's lifecycle service assurance business. "Spirent understands the inherent challenges that come with building an open, secure network and supporting a new, first-of-its-kind delivery model. We're excited to assist DISH in driving operational excellence across the entire lifecycle with industry-leading automation, coverage and analytics capabilities," he continued.
As part of the deal, DISH will leverage Spirent's 5G technology expertise, proven test methodologies and years of experience in global 5G ecosystems. Spirent ensures vendor-neutral validation so DISH can test and validate with confidence to assure 5G core readiness for live operation. With access to Spirent's library of automated compliance, capacity and performance test suites, as well as test cases, DISH can verify 5G functionality, measure system performance and accelerate deployment activities. By automating the testing process, DISH can continuously verify real-world performance and resilience during its network rollout, proving the public cloud is telco-grade, and scaling up a continuously improving system.
"As we deploy our cloud-native 5G network, we're looking forward to seeing the transformation of how organisations and customers will order and consume 5G services on their own slices and private networks," said Marc Rouanne, chief network officer, DISH Wireless. "Spirent provides the testing functionality and experience we need to ensure positive customer experiences. And, as a leader in 5G testing and automation, Spirent offers us the security and confidence to introduce our state-of-the-art 5G network into the market," he concluded.