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Dishing on Disruptive 5G: Why Putting Everything in the Cloud Is a Virtual Gamechanger

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To enter a highly competitive market in a disruptive manner, DISH had to shake up the old way of doing things. That meant not just deploying fast 5G but finding ways to deploy 5G quickly while pioneering groundbreaking rollout strategies entirely in the public cloud.

The discussion around 5G tends to revolve around speed. Fast connectivity. Low latencies. Next-gen app performance.

But actually planning, testing and deploying 5G? Speed is usually not a word that comes to mind.

DISH Network wanted to change that.

In fact, it didn’t have a choice. To enter a highly competitive market in a disruptive manner, it had to shake up the old way of doing things. That meant not just deploying fast 5G but finding ways to deploy 5G quickly. All while pioneering groundbreaking rollout strategies entirely in the public cloud. The first company to attempt such a feat.

Oh, and it needed the entire vendor community it counted on to come along for the ride.
Ambitious? Completely. But thanks to advancements in automation and virtual testing, entirely possible with the right partners at the helm.

Spirent is proud to be serving a pivotal role helping to bring DISH’s disruptive dreams to reality, ushering in unprecedented agility, scale, and new services along the way.

Sky’s the limit in the cloud

DISH’s high-profile partnership to deploy a 5G wireless service entirely on public cloud infrastructure is an industry first. In other words, there was no roadmap – only confidence that network advancements had come far enough to support it.

DISH is deploying an OpenRAN, cloud-native 5G network, eyeing a services menu that extends far beyond connectivity. Its strategy includes prepping the network for enterprise-level capabilities like network slicing. Secure slices, monitoring slices, low latency slices. Some optimized for cost, reliability, and redundancy.

A robust slicing capability means the sky is the limit for next-gen service delivery. It also means testing time frames measured in hours, not months.

To support such a stringent requirement, DISH decided early on that its testing and lab strategy would be completely virtual. It called on all its vendors to test in a cloud-based lab that replicated DISH’s network on AWS. Same stacks, same networking, sub-nets, security and so on. When these vendors test in a virtual lab, they are essentially testing exactly what is to be expected in the DISH network.

This dynamic is far removed from traditional approaches that spanned 12-18 months and necessitated reengineering as testing efforts progressed from vendor lab to the operator lab to the live network.

Typically, hurdles abound when trying to get a range of partners to standardize on one strategy. DISH’s ace up the sleeve on this front was the fact that every network vendor it worked with already used Spirent test equipment and services.

That meant each was able to take advantage of new capabilities Spirent announced this year, combining AWS’s Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline with Spirent’s 5G test capabilities for objective, rapid and continuous validation of network functions and services. The 5G automated core testing solution comprises Spirent Landslide and its accompanying 5G core automation framework.

Automation for the win

Importantly, DISH and its vendors gain access to a single, automated test library for 5G Standalone and Non-Standalone applications. This expanding library continuously adds the latest 5G testing use cases to streamline network rollouts at every step. Now, DISH can move at the speed of competition – whether from traditional telcos or emerging OTT players also seeking to disrupt the wireless market.

A main driver of the speed and agility afforded to DISH in its pursuit of cloud-based 5G services delivery is massive automation. Running tests manually for so many different services, network functions – and eventually, network slices – would require a sequential process with limited parameters. In DISH’s testing utopia, having automated, replicable virtual labs hosted on AWS infrastructure, means avoiding physical-hardware-related challenges and delays at every turn.

Learn how your 5G network can leverage a library of automated test cases to speed 5G core test and validation.

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Doug Roberts
Doug Roberts

제너럴 매니저, 라이프사이클 서비스 보증(Lifecycle Service Assurance)

Doug Roberts는 Spirent의 라이프사이클 서비스 보증 부문의 수석 부사장(Senior Vice President)이자 제너럴 매니저입니다. Doug는 다양한 제품 혁신 전반과 사업 혁신 역할 부분에서 25년 이상의 경험을 보유하고 있습니다. Spirent에 합류하기 이전에 Doug는 Viavi 및 NetScout에서 임원 역할을 맡았습니다. Danaher에서 14년 이상 근무한 경험을 바탕으로 Doug는 결과가 예측이 가능한 절제된 방법론을 제기한 것으로 알려졌습니다. 또한 전 세계 최대 서비스 제공업체를 대상으로 네트워크 분석, 애플리케이션 성능 및 디지털 변화 부분에서 전문 지식을 공유하고 RSA 학회, CiscoLive, TechNet 및 Amazon의 re:Invent 등 수천 개의 기업을 대상으로 강연을 진행했습니다. Doug는 머서대학교(Mercer University)에서 기업 재무 부문 MBA 학위를 취득했으며, 조지아테크(Georgia Tech)와 머서대학교에서 컴퓨터 공학과 경영학 학사를 취득했습니다.