VIAVI intros 5G modular test platform

Feb. 17, 2020
VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ:VIAV) has launched OneAdvisor, a modular 5G instrument test platform. The first OneAdvisor solution, ONA-800, combines technology coverage ...

VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ:VIAV) has launched OneAdvisor, a modular 5G instrument test platform. The first OneAdvisor solution, ONA-800, combines technology coverage, test features, and test process automation to facilitate aggressive 5G wireless network deployment at scale.

The ONA-800 is designed to allow cell site technicians to test fiber, RF, and CPRI/Ethernet from a single instrument, replacing multiple independent tools (OTDR, CAA, fiber scope). The workflow UI in the instrument is designed to guide technicians through a pre-configured common test process, and it is supported by reporting and workflow software to automate job certification reports.

The ONA-800 combines the relevant features of VIAVI's CellAdvisor 5G base station analyzer, T-BERD/MTS-5800 handheld Metro Ethernet test solution, and T-BERD/MTS 4000 OTDR into a portable form factor designed to allow a distributed workforce to address multiple network technologies from site to site.

The ONA-800 can be configured to test fiber, coaxial cable, RF spectrum, Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI), Ethernet and antenna alignment, based on carrier test plans. It features built-in guidance, automatic configuration, pass/fail results, and a single report package ready for closeout. The instrument mainframe includes an 8-inch touchscreen and can accommodate two modules for multi-technology testing.

"5G represents a quantum leap in network complexity, from the frequency bands used, to diversity of the x-haul technologies, to the possibility of multiple radio vendors," said Kevin Oliver, vice president and general manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, VIAVI. "We're committed to taking complexity out of the test process. We designed OneAdvisor so a technician of any skill level can efficiently execute tests to certify and close out cell site deployment, expediting time to revenue for contractors and service providers, and optimizing subscriber satisfaction."        

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