Viavi, Broadcom team for telecoms digital twin testbed

Viavi, Broadcom team for telecoms digital twin testbed

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By Nick Flaherty

Viavi has developed a joint Testbed as a Service (TBaaS) with VMware, recently acquired by Broadcom, for digital twin technology.

The digital twin testbed combines the Viavi TeraVM RIC Test with the VMware RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) for the evaluation and performance benchmarking of applications.

The TBaaS has been validated with multiple app vendors and consortiums, including at the i14y Lab, underscoring expanding industry demand due to its ability to speed deployment and agility, both of which are increasingly urgent in today’s network environments. The capabilities will be shown at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

Digital Twin modeling, based on AI and enabling new predictive capabilities, is fast emerging as a vital solution to fortify increasingly complex networks. By creating a virtual model of a network in the lab, service providers can more quickly and effectively model network behaviors and disruptions. TBaaS provides a cloud-based Digital Twin via a set of tools that enable communication service providers (CSPs) to streamline evaluation of rApps and xApps prior to selection of partners, continuous CI/CD efforts, deployment, and secure operations in the network.

With TBaaS RIC applications address the need for simulations using realistic data. Viavi provides geolocation intelligence and xApps/rApps, with real RAN data over the VMware RIC platform. This allows a CSP to capture information once and emulate it with multiple other applications, reducing the overhead of repeatedly capturing, processing and transmitting data.

The RAN Scenario Generator within the TeraVM RIC Test allows developers and operators to model scenarios in the lab, either prior to launch or in environments where large volumes of real data are unavailable. Data captured can also be used for training AI/ML models.

“We’re collaborating with Viavi to make sure that CSPs can benefit in many ways from the power of test automation and enablement,” said Lakshmi Mandyam, Vice President, Product Management and Partner Ecosystems, Software-Defined Edge Division, Broadcom.

“By integrating the VMware RIC with Viavi’s TeraVM RIC Test solution and making it available as a service, we are enabling an entirely new approach in RIC App development, CI/CD test automation and benchmarking. Our combined efforts help to speed CSPs network modernization and monetization initiatives.”


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