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VIAVI to feature AI & cloud tech with 20+ partners
Thu, 22nd Feb 2024

Over 20 industry pacesetters, including Cisco, Samsung, NEC and DELL will be exhibiting AI, cloud and open network architecture with VIAVI at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona later this week. This largest tech event of the year will commence from 26th to 29th February 2024.

Viavi Solutions Inc., widely known as VIAVI, made an announcement today, declaring it will be featuring test, automation and optimisation solutions via collaborative demonstrations with over 20 partners at MWC Barcelona. This record number of collaborations endorses VIAVI's key role and appeal in the telecom industry ecosystem and underlines the vital need to align technological advancements across the entire sector.

"Open, intelligent and automated networks rely on trusted ecosystems delivering solutions whose conformance, performance, interoperability and security have been independently validated," stated Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer at VIAVI.

He added, "Leveraging our decades of leadership in network test and optimisation, critical role in industry organisations like the O-RAN ALLIANCE, along with our connections with other major vendors, we are ensuring that our customers have access to tailored and best-of-breed solutions."

The technology extravaganza, MWC Barcelona, will serve as a platform for VIAVI to conduct joint demonstrations throughout with major technology and solution providers. Participants will be demonstrating new architectures and solutions to elevate the performance of 5G and lay the groundwork for the evolution of 5G Advanced and 6G technology. Major industry players like Cisco, NEC, Rohde & Schwarz will be partaking in the demonstrations.

In addition to this, MWC Barcelona will also witness VIAVI addressing the commercial robustness, maturity and cost-effectiveness of Open RAN. Partners including AMD, DELL, Digital Catapult, Ericsson and Metanoia will be contributing to the demonstration of end-to-end O-RAN performance. Here, the VIAVI TMLite2 will be instrumental in providing subsystem testing and core emulation.

VIAVI will further be focusing on the aspect of RAN Intelligence and AIOps at MWC Barcelona. Collaborations with Aira Technologies, Broadcom, Ericsson, Rakuten Symphony, and Samsung will showcase VIAVI TeraVM RIC Test's prowess in platform validation and app training.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) will also be participating at the MWC to share an integration of its energy-saving rApp with VMware's Non-Real-Time RIC and the VIAVI TeraVM RIC Test. The rApp employs advanced AI technologies to fine-tune cell control, achieving significant energy savings without affecting service quality in realistic scenarios.

New architectures and solutions to maximize 5G performance and lay the groundwork for 5G Advanced and 6G

Cisco. Cisco will showcase the Mobile Services Platform Ecosystem including RAN, devices, and applications. The VIAVI CLAW GPS simulator will provide synchronization (NCS540) during live radio turn up. Location: Cisco Stand #3E30. NEC. NEC will demonstrate vRAN with Arm, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Red Hat, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Juniper Networks, Inc., featuring the VIAVI TM500 Network Tester. Locations: Arm Stand #2I60, Red Hat Stand #2F30, Qualcomm Stand #3E10 and NEC Stand #2H40. Rohde & Schwarz. The two companies will demonstrate an end-to-end Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN-NR) testbed including the VIAVI TM500 Network Tester. Location: Rohde & Schwarz Stand #5A80 and VIAVI Stand #5A18.

Proving the commercial robustness, maturity and cost effectiveness of Open RAN

AMD and SRS. AMD will demonstrate end-to-end O-RAN performance with the VIAVI TMLite2 providing subsystem testing and core emulation. The demo uses AMD silicon for both the O-RU and vRAN (O-DU/CU). AMD has collaborated with SRS for the software stack running on a SuperMicro IoT A+ EPYC 8004 Server. Location: AMD Stand #2M61. DELL. VIAVI and DELL will showcase how the Open Telecom Network will fuel innovation in all layers, realizing the full potential of 5G at optimal cost of ownership. Demonstration of DELLs methodology and benchmarking at Open Telecom Ecosystem Labs (OTEL) and the VIAVI NITRO Wireless O-RAN Test Suite. Location: VIAVI Stand #5A18. Digital Catapult. Digital Catapult will validate O-DU/O-CU security using the VIAVI O-RAN Security Suite. Location: VIAVI Stand #5A18. Ericsson. Ericsson will demonstrate secure, interoperable Open RAN Fronthaul. VIAVI will provide the XHaulAdvisor for real-time fronthaul analysis, and the TM500 for RU and UE simulation. Locations: Ericsson Stands #OA1.20 and #2O60 and VIAVI Stand #5A18. Metanoia. The VIAVI TM500 O-RU Tester and R&S SMW200A Vector Signal Generator, R&S FSVA3000 Spectrum Analyzer and R&S Vector Signal Explorer software validate FR1 conformance of the 5G Metanoia Jura O-RU Reference Design for 4T4R Sub-6GHz market. Location: Metanoia Stand #5L26MR. Rohde & Schwarz. The VIAVI TM500 O-RU Tester will support: a joint demonstration of O-RU radio frequency (RF), protocol and performance testing; improvement in network efficiency and energy savings at the O-RU; and a new compact solution for O-RU R&D testing. Location: Rohde & Schwarz Stand #5A80 and VIAVI Stand #5A18.

RAN Intelligence and AIOps (featuring VIAVI TeraVM RIC Test for platform validation and app training)

Aira Technologies. Aira will demonstrate RANGPT on the VMware RIC in conjunction with AWS and Tech Mahindra. Locations: AWS Stand #8.1C64 and Tech Mahindra Stand #2C40. Broadcom. The VIAVI Geolocation xApp and rApp and Intent-Based Optimizer rApp will run on the VMware RIC. A second collaboration will demonstrate the joint VMware/VIAVI RIC Testbed As A Service which will enable mobile operators to evaluate and benchmark RIC applications before deployment. Location: VMware Stand #3M11, Hall 3 and VIAVI Stand #5A18. Ericsson. Ericsson will showcase the VIAVI Geolocation rApp on the Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform. Locations: Ericsson Stands #OA1.20 and #2O60 and VIAVI Stand #5A18. Rakuten Symphony. Rakuten will demonstrate its RIC platform. Location: Rakuten Symphony Stand #2D46. Samsung. Samsungs Non-RT RIC platform provides APIs to onboard, deploy and register for configuration and performance data services. It monitors rApp lifecycle management and checks the status of multiple rApps VIAVIs Geolocation rApp, Zinkworks traffic & QoS prediction rApps, and a QoS-based handover optimization rApp. Samsung displays the status of these rApps on its platforms rApp dashboard. Location: Samsung Stand #2M20. Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). SUTD presents an integration of its energy-saving rApp with VMware's Non-RT RIC and the VIAVI TeraVM RIC Test. Employing state-of-the-art AI technologies, the rApp optimizes cell control, achieving significant energy savings without compromising service quality in realistic scenarios. Location: VIAVI Stand #5A18.