ECI, now a Part of Ribbon, Demonstrates 5G Capabilities in Multi-vendor Interoperability Tests

ECI, now a Part of Ribbon, Demonstrates 5G Capabilities in Multi-vendor Interoperability Tests

Westford, MA Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN), a global provider of real time communications software and network solutions to service providers, enterprises, and critical infrastructure sectors, today announced that ECI, which recently merged with Ribbon, has successfully participated in a range of 5G tests at the interoperability showcase organized by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC). This is the sixth time ECI has successfully participated in this showcase.

Interoperability of advanced transport features across multiple vendors is fundamental to today’s networking, and becomes even more important in 5G networks. Among other goals, this year’s tests were designed to assess the maturity of transport network solutions to support 5G networks. The Neptune 1800 platform successfully participated in the 5G-related hard slicing and timing/synchronization tests.

“As operators look to new 5G revenue streams it is becoming increasingly evident that the networks need more than just a boost in capacity,” said Jimmy Mizrahi, EVP, Packet Optical Product Strategy at Ribbon. “Network operators also need a toolkit of network slicing capabilities to support the wide variety of services inherent to 5G, including those with strict service level agreements (SLAs). Moreover, advanced synchronization is required to support massive MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) and location-based applications. This means G.mtn (interfaces for Metro Transport Networks) and class C timing, the high-accuracy clocks used in fronthaul networks, become essential in allowing operators to support these new 5G services and must be proven to be interoperable across vendors and networks.” […]