VIAVI Unveils Open RAN Partnerships to Deliver Test and Assurance On Premise, In the Cloud or As a Service


Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced extensions to its Open RAN test suite to enable the industry to address challenges of maximizing development productivity and speed to market. The company’s portfolio of end-to-end test and assurance solutions for Open RAN – augmented by partnerships with leading vendors – can be deployed on premise, in the cloud or as a service. At MWC Barcelona, February 28-March 3, VIAVI will be showcasing joint solutions with AMD, Ericsson, and Rohde & Schwarz.

As Open RAN moves from the lab to the field, challenges of deploying any new technology are compounded by the need to support legacy networks. While greenfield operators are less concerned about this issue and are quicker to adopt cloud-native architectures, incumbents must balance the needs of significant subscriber and revenue bases. The resulting operator landscape requires vendors to configure solutions to address multiple generations of radio technology, bridging traditional infrastructure and the cloud, and integrating with incumbent equipment providers.

To address the accelerating pace of Open RAN adoption, VIAVI is introducing several enhancements to its industry-leading portfolio of end-to-end test and assurance solutions:

  • RIC Test. TeraVM RIC Test validates the performance of the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) when presented with a wide range of RAN scenarios, tests the functionality of rApps and xApps, and provides the means to generate the data needed to train AI models.
  • Test in the Cloud. VIAVI allows any node – O-RU, O-DU, O-CU, RIC and Core – and complete end-to-end testing to be performed in public, private and edge cloud environments.
  • Test as a Service. VIAVI now provides a Test as a Service (TaaS), offering the support to maximize your engineering productivity and provide access to the right tools and expertise to enable the rapid delivery of high performance and ultra-reliable cellular communications products.
  • TMLite. The capabilities of the flagship TM500 Network Tester are now available in a streamlined version on a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) server, enabling vendors to deploy focused functional test tools earlier in the development cycle, and allow smaller vendors to gain access to the TM500 family with a more compact package. The TMLite is built around the latest third-generation AMD EPYC processors which offer high compute and input/output flexibility per server, enabling multiple carriers of 4G and 5G at RF and Open Fronthaul.

As part of its commitment to deliver the most comprehensive solution suite in an evolving industry, VIAVI has also partnered with an ecosystem of leading companies. Recent developments include:

  • Capgemini. VIAVI has collaborated with Capgemini, through Capgemini Engineering in Portugal, to deliver an industry-leading 5G and O-RAN lab test capability, powered by VIAVI’s O-RAN Lab as a Service (LaaS) to ensure successful network integration of 5G networks and accelerate Lab-to-Live trials for Open RAN.
  • Ericsson. VIAVI will be delivering geolocation capabilities as a Non Real-time RIC Application (rApp) on the Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform, a service management and orchestration product which enables any mobile network, purpose-built or Cloud RAN / Open RAN, to be intelligently automated.
  • Rohde & Schwarz. VIAVI and Rohde & Schwarz are partnering to offer an integrated solution for conformance testing of O-RAN Radio Units (O-RUs), including the O-RU Test Manager which provides a seamless user experience.

“Open RAN is moving out of the lab into the real world, facing the messy complexities of mapping theoretically sound technologies and architectures to a wide diversity of implementation scenarios,” said Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, VIAVI. “VIAVI has harnessed its decades of leadership in test tools for cellular and virtual networks, our critical role in industry organizations such as the O-RAN ALLIANCE, and our relationships with other major vendors to ensure our customers have access to tailored and best-of-breed solutions.”

At MWC Barcelona 2022
VIAVI will be conducting joint demonstrations with the following partners:

AMD, Stand #2M61: VIAVI and AMD will jointly demonstrate the ability to test the O-DU cost effectively with a small footprint solution able to do both UE emulation and Open Fronthaul testing in one small and compact solution. The VIAVI TMLite – based on a server with AMD EPYC CPUs – is connected to an O-DU as the device under test where upon running the test, both Uplink and Downlink data rates are shown over a high order MIMO carrier. Performance testing without compromise is possible with a cost-effective compact solution.

Ericsson, Stand #2O60: The Ericsson Intelligent Automation Platform enables any network to be intelligently automated and will work across new and existing 4G and 5G radio access networks (RANs), including purpose-built and Cloud RAN / Open RAN networks. Using the platform, Ericsson’s operator customers will be able to utilize the intelligence from one rApp in combination with other rApps running on the platform, in the creation of services. The NITRO Mobility geolocation capability from VIAVI will be available as an rApp – a modular radio network application leveraging the non-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (Non-RT RIC) capability of the SMO platform. NITRO Mobility is the leading solution for intelligence, assurance and optimization based on geolocated, app-aware insight.

Rohde & Schwarz, Stand #5A80: VIAVI and R&S will jointly demonstrate O-RAN WG4 fronthaul conformance testing. An O-RU Reference Design is validated by VIAVI’s automated TM500 O-RU tester with R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, R&S FSVA3000 signal and spectrum analyzer and the R&S VSE signal analysis software.


VIAVI Announces Date for Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results


(NASDAQ: VIAV) Viavi Solutions Inc. (“VIAVI”) will announce its fiscal third quarter 2021 financial results for the period ended April 3, 2021, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, after the close of market.

The Company will host an earnings call at 1:30pm PDT/4:30pm EDT.  A live webcast of the call and the replay will be available on the VIAVI website at   The quarterly earnings press release, supplementary slides and historical financial tables will be posted under the “Quarterly Results” section.


trinamiX GmbH and VIAVI Solutions Join Forces To Bring Near-Infrared Spectroscopy into Smartphones


trinamiX GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany), a global leader in infrared sensing technologies, and Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV), a pioneer in light management solutions, today announced a joint development agreement (JDA) to build a Near-Infrared (NIR) spectrometer module for integration into consumer devices.

trinamiX has been pioneering the miniaturization of near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer modules for smartphones, while VIAVI is a leading innovator in the field of optical filters with a strong track record in the consumer electronics market. The companies will combine their expertise to lift today’s smartphone capabilities to the next level.

The collaboration follows trinamiX’s December 2020 announcement at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ Tech Summit, that it plans to bring NIR spectroscopy into consumer devices. As part of this new functionality, future smartphones will enable consumers to quickly and easily scan their skin on a molecular level to receive near-instantaneous suggestions on optimal skincare products for use on that day.

Dr. Wilfried Hermes, Director IR Sensing, trinamiX GmbH, noted: “We are very excited about VIAVI joining us as a strong partner, whose state-of-the-art optical solutions have been constantly pushing the envelope on what is technically possible within mobile handsets and other consumer electronics. This is an important milestone towards creating a first-class ecosystem around an exciting technology that will enhance our smartphone experience in the near future.”

Markus Bilger, Senior Director Product Line Management, VIAVI, said: “trinamiX has broken new ground by introducing plans to bring spectroscopy to everyone. We are incredibly proud to be working with trinamiX on the next game-changing innovation that will redefine our understanding of a smartphone.”


Command The 5G Network: VIAVI Equips Three Ireland with Network and Service Assurance, Boosting Subscriber Quality of Experience and Network Performance

Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced that Three Ireland has successfully deployed the VIAVI NITRO Mobile solution to enable visibility into network and service performance. In particular, the Subscriber Summary feature gives real-time insight into the customer experience.

As a leading mobile operator in Ireland, Three has 35% market share, currently carrying 68% of the country’s mobile data, and has over two million customers. Three also has launched 5G countrywide in Ireland. In addition to improving network performance, Three is focused on delivering high levels of customer service, including:

  • Enhanced 3G, 4G and 5G customer experience management
  • Efficient and optimal use of network resources
  • Network performance: gains in performance, fewer dropped calls and better throughput.

VIAVI developed the NITRO Mobile solution to simplify the complexities providers like Three Ireland face as they bring 5G into hybrid network operating models. NITRO Mobile connects software-based assurance, agents and applications. The result is easily accessible intelligence about subscriber experience and behavior and detailed insights on network performance.

“VIAVI NITRO Mobile enables us to harness key insights for enhanced performance, facilitating the best possible customer experience,” said Eoin Keane, Director of Network and Service Management, Three Ireland. “With the ability to identify and resolve service affecting issues quickly and seamlessly while making gains in 3G, 4G and 5G performance, Three Ireland continues to improve the overall mobile experience for our customers.”

“Three Ireland is at the forefront of technology innovations that enable peak performance and service quality across their entire mobile network,” said Philippe Valois, Vice President, Global Assurance Sales, VIAVI. “As leading service providers including Three deploy 5G alongside legacy 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, they require automated and scalable solutions like NITRO Mobile to manage increasingly complex network architectures.”