Automated Testing for Open RAN at MWC 2023


February 23, 2023 - Based on the O-RAN ALLIANCE and Telecom Infra Project PlugFest results, EANTC and the PlugFest participants Accelleran, Node-H, and VIAVI will demonstrate Open RAN End-to-End Automated Testing at the Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona.

The Joint European PlugFest Fall 2022, part of the Global PlugFest Fall 2022, took place from October 24 to November 4, 2022, in the i14y Lab in Berlin, co-hosted by Deutsche Telekom, EANTC and Vodafone.

The test setup of the demo focuses on end-to-end performance and functional testing using EANTC Automation, VIAVI TM500 UE Emulator, Node-H O-RU/O-DU (Radio Unit/Distributed Unit), Accelleran O-CU (Centralized Unit), and VIAVI Core. It shows that several test cases can simultaneously run without manual effort in an automated way.

This demonstration helps to troubleshoot performance issues remotely in the lab before deploying them. It is successful in the remote and automated validation of end-to-end interoperability in a multi-vendor scenario between Node-H RU/DU and Accelleran O-CU O-RAN solutions. The telecom industry benefits by supplying pre-integrated remote solutions for rapid lab deployment and validating remote integration in the i14y Lab with zero-touch on-site support.

Andreas Gladisch, i14y Lab Consortium Lead, says, “We were glad to have the Joint European O-RAN ALLIANCE & TIP PlugFest Fall 2022 at the i14y Lab in Berlin. The i14y Lab is a community effort of 11 partners wanting to accelerate time to market for disaggregated components like O-RAN. We believe that to make O-RAN a reality we need to work together and define a common ground. Great progress was made during the PlugFest, and this shows that we can be confident that together we can make this work.”

EANTC contributes to developing automated test methods and conducts joint interoperability tests with strong project partners aligned with the European and global testing initiatives of the O-RAN ALLIANCE and Telecom Infra Project. EANTC aims to ensure continuous testing in a vendor-neutral environment and to automate as many of the test cases as feasible. This way, solution interoperability will be tested efficiently and accurately in a minimum amount of time, closing the gap toward production readiness of Open RAN technology.

Come by our booth in Hall 7 #7B81 to see how we can help you make disaggregation a reality, and don’t miss your chance to participate in the upcoming PlugFest in Spring 2023.