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The 5G Business Case: Simplifying, Accelerating and Assuring 5G


Blog - The 5G Business Case: Simplifying, Accelerating and Assuring 5G

Service providers can’t afford to allow the complexity and envisaged costs brought by 5G delay progress. Learn how Test and Assurance can accelerate innovation and reduce the complexity and costs of delivering 5G.

5G opportunities abound, but complexity looms large

The telecom industry has seen its share of change. But what it faces right now is a true watershed moment.

Sure, network evolutions of the past have introduced a fair number of challenges and opportunities. But never have so many come so fast. We often think of 5G just sitting there, ready to take orders. New revenue? New services? New goals? New savings? New markets? There is so much that the industry expects 5G to deliver. And it can…but first, there’s work to do.

Even as many 5G deployment schedules are accelerated, there is still a high degree of uncertainty that looms. Standards are still being sorted and global alliances are still plotting strategies. On the journey to 5G, not all players will take the same path. Though networks will converge, we’ll see more divergence than ever in the business and technical strategies that will be pursued. To put it bluntly, this will be complex, untrodden territory.

Simplifying the complexity of 5G

Service providers can’t afford to allow the complexity brought by 5G to delay progress and slow time to market. We will face multi-layered, virtualized and hybrid new architectures ranging from a new core, radio and spectrum to new devices and chipsets.

What is the best approach to quickly, safely and cost-efficiently deliver these 5G innovations? To start, it means ensuring 5G devices and services interoperate and simply work as expected. That requires new approaches to testing, verifying and delivering 5G. Intelligent automation, network and traffic emulation, and new test methodologies are also essential innovations that will assure 5G’s many promises.

Safely accelerating 5G deployment

The 5G timeline has accelerated faster than anticipated. This pace dramatically compacts the gestation period for understanding, proving and validating associated technologies—and increases risks in many areas. Besides the potential for technological and security failures, there’s significant financial risk as well.

To accelerate towards 5G, the industry needs a new approach to testing and assurance that breaks down traditional process and department silos and enables continuous delivery of services and functionality. Speed, agility, stability and risk reduction will require continuous testing in the lab and in the network, plus continuous operational assurance across the end-to-end service lifecycle.

Assuring 5G opportunities

5G will be used to introduce new services and target new vertical markets. It will bring opex and capex savings even while delivering faster speeds, ubiquitous access and rapid response times. As operators plan business strategies that align with these improvements, they must also be confident that expectations will match reality. This means having the ability to measure and evaluate 5G to operationally ensure delivery of those benefits.

New capabilities are also needed to reduce operating costs, and improve performance and customer experiences throughout the service lifecycle. Important elements are fully automated testing and autonomous service assurance, as well as evaluation and assessment of user experiences.

Simplifying, accelerating and assuring 5G

We will delve deeper into these questions in our 5G blog series and white papers that explore approaches to assuring the promise of 5G, including how to:

Assure: Operationally assure 5G delivers the new revenues, savings and experiences.

Accelerate: Accelerate 5G R&D innovation and time-to-market of new services.

Simplify: Reduce the complexity and economics of testing, verifying and delivering 5G

Our insights into 5G industry challenges detail solutions operators and enterprises are implementing to accelerate innovation and reduce the complexity and costs of 5G testing.

Promise. Assured.

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Stephen Douglas
Stephen Douglas

Head of Market Strategy

Spirent is a global leader in automated test and assurance for the ICT industry and Stephen heads Spirents market strategy organization developing Spirents strategy, helping to define market positioning, future growth opportunities, and new innovative solutions. Stephen also leads Spirent’s strategic initiatives for 5G and future networks and represents Spirent on a number of Industry and Government advisory boards. With over 25 years’ experience in telecommunications Stephen has been at the cutting edge of next generation technologies and has worked across the industry with service providers, network equipment manufacturers and start-ups, helping them drive innovation and transformation.