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‘Just a year ago, it sounded like science fiction’: How virtual testing and massive automation play into Dish’s network strategy

The ability to automatically, virtually and in parallel test new 5G Standalone services, slices and software updates in the cloud is key to Dish Network's network strategy and its differentiation, according to Marc Rouanne, Dish EVP and chief network officer for its wireless business....

Dish selects Spirent for core network monitoring

As Dish Network continues to add to its vendors ahead of a planned fourth-quarter 5G beta service launch in Las Vegas, it has selected testing company Spirent Communications for "autonomous" testing of the company's 5G core. Dish says it will be the first telecom...

Test and Measurement: Viavi, Capgemini partner for O-RAN validation

Viavi Solutions continues its efforts to support the testing needs of the developing Open RAN ecosystem, this time with Capgemini Engineering. Viavi says it has partnered with Capgemini Engineering in Portugal to deliver a 5G and O-RAN lab test capability that leveraged Viavi’s O-RAN...

Test and Measurement: Leadership shifts at Keysight; HQ briefly closed by wildfires

Keysight Technologies is making a number of leadership changes, from its CTO and COO to the heads of individual business units. Keysight CTO Jay Alexander has announced plans to retire in late 2021, and the company has appointed a new chief operating officer, effective immediately:...

Test and Measurement: People choose smartphones over booze, GWS survey finds

If you could only keep one product or service while staying at home during a pandemic, what would it be? For most American consumers (45%), that one thing is their smartphone, according to a survey of 5,000 people by Global Wireless Solutions. Respondents' second most-popular...

Test and Measurement: Aviat tests 6 GHz unlicensed devices for microwave-link interference

Microwave network equipment company Aviat Networks this week announced results of field tests conducted with Ameren and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), focused on exploring the effects of unlicensed device use at 6 GHz on microwave point-to-point links in the band. Aviat said that...

Test and Measurement: Synopsys acquires semiconductor analytics company Qualtera

  Semiconductor design company Synopsys has acquired analytics company Qualtera, which focuses on analysis of semiconductor design and manufacturing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Synopsys said the transaction was not material to its financials. Synopsys said that Qualtera's analytics, combined with Synopys' own...

Test and Measurement: Keysight supports Rakuten Mobile’s 5G testing

Keysight Technologies said this week that Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will be using Keysight's test equipment in support of its Rakuten Mobile network launch. Rakuten Mobile, which just began offering its low-cost data service to consumers last week, will be using Keysight's 5G network and...

Test and Measurement: Teledyne LeCroy acquires Oakgate Technology

Acquisition expands Teledyne LeCroy's benchmarking and validation testing for data centers, electronic storage Test-focused Teledyne subsidiary Teledyne LeCroy has acquired California-based Oakgate Technology, which focuses on testing, validation and benchmarking for data centers and the electronic storage industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Teledyne...

Spirent supports China Mobile’s testing of mission-critical 5G network slicing transport

  Testing and assurance company Spirent Communications announced that it will collaborate with China Mobile to assure readiness of mission-critical 5G applications via network slicing transport standard testing and validation. In a release, Spirent Communications said that the newly-launched Spirent FlexE-100 test module has been chosen...

Test and Measurement: Perspecta Labs demonstrates LTE air-to-ground network for DoD

Defense technology company Perspecta says that its research arm, Perspecta Labs, has successfully demonstrated the use of a commercial LTE air-to-ground network for long-distance, high-bandwidth communications with aircraft at "well beyond Mach 1 speeds." The company says it has developed a solution that will allow...

Spirent closes out 2019 with 100+ 5G deals

Spirent Communications says that it has already closed more than 100 5G deals this year, in a reflection of just how fast the next generation of wireless technology is moving into deployment -- and that service assurance is being built-in from the earliest days. “If...

Test and Measurement: Cadence Design makes strategic alliance with NI, acquires NI’s AWR

Cadence Design Systems and National Instruments' new strategic alliance focuses on electronic system innovation for communications Cadence Design Systems and National Instruments have put together a strategic alliance aimed at bringing more innovation to electronic system design, with a focus on communications, which will more...

Test and Measurement: Rohde & Schwarz lines up partners for ‘6G’ research

Is it too early to think about '6G'? Nah. Higher, further, faster, baby! The Chinese government is already kicking off its 6G research efforts, and test company Rohde & Schwarz said this week that it has partnered with research institutions including the Fraunhofer Institute...

Spirent lands 5G service assurance work, supports automotive testing with 5G digital twin network

One of the biggest conversations around service assurance for 5G has been that it will need to be built into the systems early in the deployment process -- and Spirent Communications says that it actually sees that happening. The company recently announced a 5G service...

How well do LTE devices handle audio in public safety environments?

Inside a burning building, alarms are going off -- and the first responders on-scene still need to be heard and hear their communications devices. Outside, fellow responders are conversing as they stand next to a fire truck with its pump running, as more emergency...

SRG puts 5G’s energy efficiency to the test

Is 5G a "battery vampire," as some have claimed, or is it actually more power efficient than LTE? It's a bit of a mixed bag, according to Signals Research Group. The testing company recently took to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota with a 5G-equipped Samsung...

Test and Measurement: Duubee sets up new 5G lab

Chinese handset and IoT hardware company Duubee has established a 5G device testing lab, the company said in a release this week. Duubee said it has invested "several million dollars" in the lab, which is outfitted with a 5G terminal test platform and equipment for...

Test and Measurement: Hitting the gas on automotive testing

Automotive testing came into focus this week, with a number of companies involved in demonstrations and development related to testing of various types of vehicle-related technologies. The 5G Automotive Association conducted cellular vehicle-to-everything testing in Berlin, with participation from BMW Group, Daimler, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer...

Test and Measurement: Test highlights from MWC 2019

With 5G dominating the conversations at this year's Mobile World Congress, the technology is moving from labs and trials into the field -- and the test industry's focus has shifted accordingly. A number of the products launched at MWC aim to support 5G field...

Test and Measurement: Keysight, AT&T and others join forces on Open RAN white box

Keysight Technologies, AT&T and some of their fellow Open Radio Access Network Alliance members have developed a white-box O-RAN millimeter wave unit for 5G networks that will be showcased at Mobile World Congress, in a live demo that the companies say "combines essential building...

Test and Measurement: Sprint launches ad blitz for ‘better than ever’ network

Sprint is trying to capitalize on recent favorable testing results with a new advertising campaign that proclaims its network is "better than ever" -- emphasizing how much its network has improved by comparing by its own past performance and coverage to its present capabilities,...

Test and Measurement: Six drivers for the electronic test market

Analyst firm Frost & Sullivan has identified half a dozen drivers for the electronic test and measurement market over the next five years in a new report. Those drivers are: autonomous driving; 5G; the internet of things; data centers; power applications; and new, high-speed...

Push for new IT initiatives is impacting enterprise security, research finds

New report finds that 92% of organizations plan to increase cyber security spending Nearly 80% of enterprise cyber security professionals think that network security is more difficult and complex now than it was just two years ago, according to a new research report. Respondents to a...

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