VIAVI selected by Rakuten Symphony for 5G Open vRAN ‘lab to the field’ trails

21 Apr 2022

Rakuten Symphony, which was established in April 2021 by Rakuten Group to bring together Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP), Open RAN software and all of Rakuten’s international telco solutions, has selected Viavi Solutions (VIAVI’s) TM500 Network Tester to validate performance of its solutions ‘from the lab to the field’. In a press release the vendor noted that the two companies are looking to accelerate the deployment of 5G Open vRAN and the testbed has been designed to simulate a citywide network.

‘After working with lab test vendors in earlier stages of our technology development, we turned to VIAVI because of their expertise across lab validation, field deployment and service assurance of mobile networks,’ said Srinivas Gudladana, Head of RAN Engineering, Rakuten Symphony. ‘Our Open vRAN architecture is designed to enable service providers to automate operations and monetise the network’.