MYCOM OSI monitors performance of UK’s new 5G testbed facility

MYCOM OSI network performance dashboards showcase the 5G experience as part of the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre official opening

MYCOM OSI, the leading independent provider of next generation service assurance, automation/orchestration, and analytics solutions to the world’s largest communications service providers (CSPs), has announced its participation in the official opening of the University of Surrey’s state-of-the-art 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC).

Housing over 170 researchers and attracting over £70 million of investment, the 5GIC is the world’s largest academic research centre dedicated to next generation mobile and wireless connectivity.

The Centre brings together leading academic expertise and major industry partners to define and develop a global 5G network that will radically change lives across the world. Through their work, they have already developed a technology that enables speeds of one terabit per second (Tbps) - more than 1,000 times faster than the highest 4G speed - and filed over 15 patents.

MYCOM OSI is an industry partner of 5GIC and provides it with software and expertise around managing and optimizing network and service performance and quality, which are critical success factors for 5G.

Opening alongside the Centre is the 5GIC’s new testbed facility which provides researchers with a fully functioning advanced 4G network that will be upgraded to a fully-fledged 5G network over time.

MYCOM OSI software is being used to monitor end-to-end network performance of the 5GIC testbed – from the devices to base stations to core network servers – and during the 5GIC official opening will be displaying dashboards of performance metrics for the two technology demonstrations that showcase the testbed facility: ultra-high-definition (4k) video streaming over a mobile network, and; a new (5G-Sparse Code Multiple Access) radio waveform that supports 300% more IoT (Internet of Things) devices than 4G.

The MYCOM OSI dashboards include a network-wide view of equipment performance as well as design parameters related to the quality of the consumer experience that are critical to 5G success, including delay, volume of data transferred, and reliability. By analysing the real-time performance of these parameters in the 5GIC Testbed, the MYCOM OSI platform validates the designs of 5G R&D teams as well as providing analysis tools to further optimize those designs.

“5G is more than just another tech upgrade – it is a big deal which will fundamentally change how we interact with our world, and we are delighted to contribute technology and expertise to help 5GIC lead global efforts in 5G R&D,” said Payam Taaghol, CEO MYCOM OSI, “As a UK headquartered company with 95%+ of our business coming from leading telecoms brands internationally, participation in the UK’s 5G Innovation Centre will directly benefit our business through improved development of our market-leading telecom network management technology.”

As well as providing expertise, MYCOM OSI will also consider pragmatic best practices for rolling out 5G within the context of existing network technologies like 3G, 4G, HetNet and virtualized networks such as NFV, SDN, C-RAN. The company will also provide its Service Assurance suite to the Innovation Centre on an ongoing basis to support the development of next generation networking, including Performance Management, Fault Management, Service Management, Network Analytics and Intelligent Automation.

About MYCOM OSI
MYCOM OSI is a leading independent provider of Next Generation Service Assurance, Automation/Orchestration, and Analytics solutions to Tier-1 CSPs including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Maxis, Sprint, STC, Telefónica, Telenor, T-Mobile, Verizon and Vodafone. Its telecom-centric solutions, which include Performance Management, Fault Management, Service Management, Automation/Orchestration, and Network Analytics: create intelligence out of billions of disparate data across vendors, technologies and domains; align network, service and customer teams; empower users with flexibility and autonomy from vendors; deliver efficiency through automation/orchestration capabilities. MYCOM OSI is headquartered in London UK, has 250+ staff worldwide and has been 100% focused on telecom networks for 25+ years.
Further information about MYCOM OSI can be found at www.mycom-osi.com.

ABOUT THE 5GIC
The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey is the UK’s only research centre dedicated to the next generation of mobile communications. Bringing together leading academic expertise and key industry partners in a shared vision, the 5GIC will help to define and develop the 5G infrastructure that will underpin the way we communicate, work and live our everyday lives in the future.

Research in the 5GIC will drive the delivery of a mobile communications network capable of meeting the needs of tomorrow. The focus will be on developing intelligent systems that work together to give the impression of unlimited data capacity, providing a network that is far faster than today’s 4G system, with greater energy-efficiency and reduced end user costs.

Research will be conducted in close collaboration with 5GIC’s founding members, including the major telecom service providers and mobile device manufacturers. The Centre offers the UK’s only large-scale testbed, which will be used to prototype technological solutions, helping to define the global approach to 5G as it moves towards standardisation. It also hosts dedicated specialist laboratories for network testing and management, and communications electronics.

The 5GIC is funded by £15 million from HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) including Innovation Gateway funding, and over £45 million co-investment from the Centre’s Members.
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