Dish Network has selected Spirent Communications to test its 5G network core and validate its performance autonomously, according to Dish. The autonomous testing and validation will allow Dish to integrate functionality into its network continuously and to deliver what it called leading-edge solutions to both retail and enterprise customers rapidly.
In collaborating with Amazon Web Services on cloud infrastructure, Dish said, the mobile network operator 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 realize the superior agility of deploying an OpenRAN, cloud-native 5G network, while ensuring enhanced customer experiences, according to a statement from Dish.
“Dish is transforming the industry as it prepares to deploy 5G in a public cloud network and pioneer open radio access network (Open RAN) 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.” Roberts said that Spirent would be assisting Dish in supporting what he called operational excellence across the entire lifecycle with what he described as industry-leading automation, coverage and analytics capabilities.
Dish will use Spirent’s 5G expertise, proven test methodologies and years of experience in global 5G ecosystems, the statement from Dish reads.
“Spirent ensures vendor-neutral validation so Dish can test and validate with confidence to assure 5G core readiness for live operation,” the statement reads. “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.”
Marc Rouanne, chief network officer at Dish Wireless, said that as the company deploys its cloud-native 5G network, Dish is looking forward to seeing the transformation of how organizations and customers will order and consume 5G services on their own slices and private networks.
“Spirent provides the testing functionality and experience we need to ensure positive customer experiences,” Rouanne said. “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.”