Spirent and Nokia Partner to Accelerate 5G Lifecycle Testing

Spirent Communications along with Nokia has announced successful deployment of a first of a kind 5G Lab as a Service for Nokia’s Oulu-based network infrastructure testing labs. The 5G Lab as a Service (LaaS) enables unprecedented automation of 5G testing with a primary goal of accelerating Nokia’s releases of virtual network functions and physical infrastructure. It also streamlines the use of shared lab resources across teams and geographies, delivering dramatically improved efficiency and cost savings.

The Nokia facility in Oulu has been leading the initial deployment and has chosen Spirent Velocity as their LaaS platform. A unique feature of the 5G LaaS is a self-service portal, accessible by hundreds of simultaneous users across the globe. The portal also supports thousands of devices and tens of thousands of connections for both 5G and legacy infrastructure. Utilizing the portal, Nokia engineers can rapidly spin-up, tear down and reuse 5G hybrid test beds from anywhere in the world. Deployments of the 5G LaaS to additional Nokia facilities are already underway.

5G test automation requires integration of a complex mix of layer 1 optical and RF switches, layer 2 and virtual switches, power control units and test management software. The ability to select cables and create RF links between devices that comply with rigidly defined path attenuation requirements is essential. Furthermore, providing automated testing in the 5G LaaS model requires sophisticated functionality to reserve resources, spin up topologies and manage test environment changes. To support the 5G LaaS at Nokia, Spirent has deployed Spirent Velocity, a test orchestrator for hybrid virtual-physical lab environments, which maintains the full state of the lab and automates resource sharing among users.