Spirent Communications, a supplier of test, assurance and analytics solutions for devices and networks, closed more than 100 5G-related deals during 2019.
Spirent is engaged in more than 150 global 5G initiatives with a mix of operators, device makers, network equipment manufacturers, academic institutions, government and cloud providers.
More than half of Spirent’s 5G business is taking place in the Asia-Pacific region as countries like South Korea gain traction with customized offerings tailored to data-hungry subscribers consuming high-bandwidth content such as AR and VR.
In China, the company is supporting nationwide efforts to prepare the transport network and data center architecture for mass market deployments. About one-third of Spirent’s 5G deals are in the Americas, with the remainder across Europe. 5G transport, 5G core and 5G RAN projects comprise the majority of deals as operators pursue a range of network rollout strategies.
“If you took the industry’s pulse early last year, all eyes were on 2020 for mass movement in 5G, but those timetables have been turned on their heads as operators navigate an expanding set of market dynamics that demand speed and scale,” said Spirent Head of 5G Steve Douglas.
Spirent is seeing requests for the first real stress testing of edge clouds as 5G deployments are anticipated for 2020.
The company is managing requirements for video and QoS testing in a world where content is not optimized for 5G networks. This requires the creation of optimized testing that can be hosted and tested as operators eye the delivery of commercial video service as a future market brimming with opportunity.