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Viavi claims first with 3GPP-compliant 5G core emulator

William Payne
November 1, 2018


San Jose based 5G testing specialist Viavi Solutions has introduced a mobile core emulator compliant with 3GPP standards for faster 5G network development and deployment. Viavi is claiming its TeraVM 5G Core Emulator as an industry first. 

Viavi says that with this addition to its TeraVM family and RANtoCore portfolio, it now offers a complete, end-to-end 5G base station testing and validation product set. 

The company is aiming to support service providers and network equipment manufacturers in the challenges of implementing their 5G plans in the face of changing and maturing 3GPP specifications. The TeraVM 5G Core Emulator is designed to enable gNB RANtoCore testing and validation before the core network is available, allowing Radio Access Network (RAN) engineers to control their own test environment with an emulated core network that is always available. 

Viavi says that the software-based 5G Core Emulator will ease evolution to a converged RAN and core network, helping service providers future-proof their network for tomorrow's 5G service without disrupting delivery to subscribers today.

"The industry-first TeraVM 5G Core Emulator enhances our complete RANtoCore offering and proves yet again that VIAVI is at the forefront of the evolution to 5G, enabling our customers to be first to market in alignment with 3GPP standards," said Ian Langley, Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Business, VIAVI. "Equipment manufacturers and service providers alike have made substantial investments in 5G. Their commercial success or failure will hinge on rigorous test, validation, monitoring and assurance, from R&D development through deployment, activation and operation."

Operating in a virtualised environment with a small, portable form factor, the scalable TeraVM 5G Core Emulator solution is designed to provide a controlled test environment that simplifies troubleshooting and speeds performance optimisation. This solution can be configured to match specific RAN test needs, supporting both stand-alone (SA) and non-stand-alone (NSA) 5G variants, as well as IoT, VoLTE and legacy 2G, 3G and 4G RAN architectures.