Reliance Jio partners with Spirent to validate cloud-native 5G core network

Reliance Jio partners with Spirent to validate cloud-native 5G core network

NEW DELHI: Spirent Communications, a network testing and assurance company said it has collaborated with Reliance Industries Limited’s subsidiary, Jio Platforms, to validate its cloud-native 5G standalone (SA) core network for real-world scenario and traffic conditions using the Spirent Landslide test system.

In close collaboration with Spirent, Jio used Landslide to undertake core network capacity tests, measure device data throughput, and modeled a wide variety of end-user behavioral call models and mobility scenarios, according to an official statement.

As per Jio Platforms, the deployment of a 5G SA core network is vital to realizing the true potential of the fifth-generation wireless mobile technology.

“Jio needed to validate performance across its in-house 5G core network functions, while supporting LTE 4G and IMS interfaces,” said Spirent’s VP and General Manager for the APAC region, Peter Tan. “Landslide provided the ideal solution, supporting interfaces across the breadth of the 5G core and, thanks to Landslide’s built-in suite of test cases, dramatically reducing the time to test.”

The statement further added that Landslide successfully validated Jio’s cloud-native 5G core network for heavy signaling and data plane workloads using hardware acceleration technologies, as well as supporting fallback to LTE, while providing support for HD Voice over New Radio (VoNR).

This helped Jio in subjecting its “all IP Network” to 5G and VoNR-based standalone and adjacency tests. Landslide also validated compliance to 3GPP functions.

“Our collaboration with Spirent is an important part of achieving this objective. Landslide is a golden reference globally for validating 5G core networks for functionality and performance, allowing us to successfully validate every aspect of the 5G standalone core network – including network slicing, eMBB, MMTC and uRLLC service capabilities. We look forward to leveraging Landslide capabilities for validating diverse 5G use cases with Jio 5G solutions,” added Aayush Bhatnagar, Senior Vice President at Jio Platforms.

Today’s development follows Jio Platforms’ partnership with Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors’ under which Jio will implement NXP’s Layerscape family of multicore processors in its 5G New Radio (NR) O-RAN small cell solution for powering new RAN networks.

Jio says it has built a complete homegrown 5G stack for accelerating the rollout of next-generation network services.

“Jio’s engineers have developed a 100% home-grown and comprehensive 5G solution which is fully cloud-native, software-defined, and digitally managed. Jio has taken tremendous strides in maturing this state-of-the-art Standalone 5G technology, which signifies a quantum leap to the next frontier of wireless broadband,” Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) chairman Ambani had said during the recently held 44th Annual General Meeting of RIL.

Reliance Jio, the Mukesh Ambani-led telco recently switched on its 5G field trial network using its own indigenously developed 5G equipment and technology in Navi Mumbai.

Jio had applied for trials in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, and Hyderabad.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had recently allocated 5G trial spectrum in the 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz bands to Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea (Vi) to develop India-relevant use cases on the next-gen fast wireless broadband technology.