VIAVI brings industry’s first O-RAN Central Unit test on AWS Outposts

AWS Outposts (Source: Amazon)Viavi Solutions, a provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions, announced the availability of the TeraVM O-CU Tester on AWS Outposts.

With this development, TeraVM O-CU Tester has emerged as the industry’s first O-RAN Central Unit (O-CU) test solution deployed on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Services (AMS) at the network edge.

Worldwide 5G adoption is triggering growth in Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC) and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) networks. Alongside this growth, operators worldwide are adopting open radio access networks to reduce infrastructure costs and lower the barrier to entry for new product innovation.

O-RAN testing at the edge will help service providers validate application and infrastructure performance at any point in the network, ensuring quality of experience, which is crucial in low-latency applications like cloud gaming, smart cities, autonomous cars and remote healthcare services.

TeraVM O-CU Tester on AWS Outposts acts as critical resource as the first point in the uplink from end users, where large amounts of traffic converge and need to be handled efficiently in order to meet performance expectations.

The O-CU Tester validates that the O-CU works according to 3GPP standards and O-RAN C-plane and U-plane profiles; interoperates with other 5G and O-RAN network functions and components; and performs optimally when fully loaded with complex mobile traffic profiles, Viavi Solutions said.

AWS Outposts is a fully managed service that offers the same AWS infrastructure, AWS services, APIs, and tools to virtually any data center, co-location space, or on-premises facility for a consistent hybrid experience.