VIAVI Launches Field Test Instrument for O-RAN Deployment

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Last week, Viavi Solutions had announced the launch of OneAdvisor-800, an all-in-one cell site tool that can verify field deployments of O-RAN radios.


The OneAdvisor-800 by Viavi

The company said that the new product will enables cell site deployment, including fiber inspection and characterization, cable and antenna analysis, and O-RAN radio verification. Viavi added that TSPs and gear makers worldwide have adopted the O-RAN. As such, it also enables carriers to validate the tower installation very early in the process, reducing installation problems and accelerating deployments.

Viavi described the new product as a "single, modular instrument proven to help cell site technicians test fiber, RF, and CPRI, eliminating the need for multiple independent tools". It has also added O-DU Emulation, which further streamlines site verification. Since it enables functional testing of the O-RU upon installation, rather than waiting until the O-DU is in place, telcos can save on future costs.


Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, VIAVI, said, "as our customers deploy 5G at scale, the OneAdvisor-800 is helping them cut time to market and total cost of deployment thanks to a comprehensive feature set and test process automation".

He added, "we developed the OneAdvisor-800 with a modular design as an essential means of future-proofing it, and the introduction of O-RAN radio verification is a clear demonstration of that promise to deliver support throughout the entire network lifecycle".

The company added that it has the "most comprehensive test platform" for lab validation, field deployment and service assurance of O-RAN networks. It also delivers integrated solutions to validate that all interfaces are working correctly. This includes RF, O-DU, O-RU, signaling, transport, timing and synchronization. What's more, it also validates whether or not the equipment is performing to specifications even under load and stress.