Spirent Communications said that it has released a midyear addendum to its annual “5G Report,” based on analysis and takeaways from more than 1,400 global 5G engagements, including more than 400 new engagements during the first half of 2021.
A British multinational telecommunications testing company, Spirent Communications stated that milestones at the 2021 halfway mark show that 5G trends continue to accelerate, with 5G SA Core evaluation, testing and launch activities growing significantly across all geographic regions. “In particular, there is considerable demand for managed solutions and XaaS (anything as a service) offerings, with automation technology providing a proven, practical approach to cumbersome testing in complex, multivendor environments,” a statement from the company reads.
Spirent’s head of market strategy, Steve Douglas, said that at the halfway point in 2021, the dominant 5G trends that were present at the start of the year continue to gather pace, with the need for agility and responsiveness enduring. ”It’s clear that the global 5G movement is back on,” he said.
The mid-year addendum to the 5G report draws on the company’s work with service providers, network equipment manufacturers, governments and device makers worldwide, Spirent said. It said the addendum provides an update to the developments along the journey to global 5G.
The addendum spelled out several key findings.
eographic trends said that the regions of North America, Europe and Asia are aggressively pursuing 5G standalone (SA) core testing and deployments. “North America is driving the demand for customer experience and service assurance solutions,” Spirent said. “Asia Pacific continues its focus on and investment in transport infrastructure, toward the goal of supporting industrial use cases. Europe is starting to accelerate activities after COVID and high-risk vendor delays.”
5G standalone said that new services and differentiation underpin its growth. “5G SA core evaluation, testing and launch continue to grow significantly across all geographic regions,” Spirent said. “Large service providers are looking to use multiple vendors while smaller telcos look for one key partner. Key challenges include supporting high release volumes and managing multi-vendor performance.”
Additonally, with the 5G telco edge cloud, Spirent found that partnerships, early trials and deployments between hyperscalers and service providers are expanding. “Providers are still working to benchmark edge performance and integrate assurance for consistent, deterministic latency,” Spirent said. “Latency looks set to become a key battle ground for the hearts and minds of industry and enterprises.”
pen radio access networks (RANs). “There are 45 ongoing open RAN trials and early deployments across 27 countries,” Spirent said, citing TeckNexus. “Leading 5G service providers are targeting larger scale open RAN non-dense urban rollouts during 2022. Early deployments will focus on rural, indoor, and private coverage. Interoperability, performance, robustness, and system integrator overheads require that service providers continue to test and validate every deployment phase.”
6G vision Spirent said that the industry is beginning to coalesce around some key themes, including THz frequencies, use of intelligent reconfigurable surfaces and metamaterials, open networking and network of networks, which it said include terrestrial cellular, NTN, subsea and Wi-Fi convergence.
Source: Spirent Communications