The Telecom Testing Dilemma: Dine Out or Take Home?

Simplify validation of 5G solutions. Embrace the open ecosystem in-house or let Dell Technologies Services bring it to you.

It’s no secret among communications service providers (CSPs) that building an open 5G network can be complicated, particularly when you consider the mix of cloud, radio access network (open, virtualized and traditional), hardware and software vendors in the mix today. One of the great developments in the industry is that Dell Technologies provides a world-class testing, integration and validation facility—dubbed the Open Telecommunications Ecosystem Lab (OTEL)—where you can test and validate best-of-breed 5G solutions in an advanced and secure setting with Dell’s expert telecom engineers on hand.

But now, visiting OTEL is no longer the only option to take advantage of Dell’s testing and validation expertise. With the recent expansion of Dell Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab Validation Services, that expertise can be delivered straight to your door for a secure, on-site experience. It’s Alexander Graham Bell meets Taco Bell: telecom expertise with take-home convenience, but without the messy fingers afterward.

We’re Your Resident Experts

Since we opened OTEL in 2021, many CSPs and network equipment providers (NEPs) have come through its doors for testing and validation services. They come to us because integrating open-source components from multiple vendors to build a production-ready 5G solution is hard work. They come to us because finding people who know how to integrate and validate those systems is not easy. They come to us because secure, state-of-the-art testing facilities that you can trust are hard to find.

With Lab Validation Services, all of that can now also come to you. We bring the people, the processes, the tools and the proven methodologies to help you create, integrate and validate 5G solutions right in your secure environment. Lab Validation Services deliver the benefits of Dell’s expertise right to your door: a resident lab engineer with unparalleled knowledge in telecommunications, cloud and virtualization, proven methods based on real-world successes, access to cutting-edge technology from the world’s leading network equipment vendors, comprehensive reports and recommended configurations and a dedicated program manager to make sure it all runs smoothly.

End-to-end Services . . . and Much More

At Dell, we believe an open ecosystem built around best-of-breed solutions is what’s best for CSPs in the future. If you want scalable, sustainable hardware, advanced automation tools and deep experience in wrangling different partners together to support integrated solutions, we’ve got it. But we’ve also got great relationships with other industry leading 5G solution providers. It’s our ability to work well with others that makes us the right partner to work with when you’re ready to integrate and validate your own best-of-breed 5G solutions.

Nowhere is the power of that partnership more evident than in our Dell Telecom Infrastructure Blocks. These engineered solutions are designed by Dell Technologies to reduce the cost of complexity of deploying a telco cloud infrastructure by providing pre-integrated, pre-validated Dell hardware with software from our telco cloud partners, Red Hat and Wind River. Infrastructure Blocks deliver the right (and right-sized) infrastructure for your cloud transformation and can now be tested and validated through Dell’s Lab Validation Services using your own testing tools and network equipment in a pre-production environment on-prem.

Beyond Infrastructure Blocks, Dell’s Lab Validation Services can help CSPs modernize their networks in a number of ways. We can help you design and test Open RAN or virtualized RAN solutions featuring software from your workload vendor of choice. We can help you build a 5G standalone or non-standalone core network with your choice of NEPs. And we can do all those things while helping you optimize your network capacity, improve performance and ensure compliance.

We’ll Even Take the Next Steps

Whether you choose off-site testing and validation services at our secure OTEL facility, on-site testing and validation in your own labs with a resident lab engineer or a combination of two, Dell Technologies is there for you to help you embrace 5G and next-generation technologies on your terms. Customers who engage with Dell’s telecom service professionals have experienced a host of benefits, including faster time to value for new services. IDC also reinforces the value of a resident engineer, with these experts driving measurable outcomes, including 25% technology performance improvements, 31% more efficiency in staffing and 18 fewer incidents per month on average.¹

Building, testing and deploying 5G network services has never been so convenient. So, if you’re ready to take the next step in your network modernization journey, talk to Dell Technologies. We’ll take the next steps from there…all the way to your front door.

1 Source: IDC e-book: The value of Residency Services: How Resident Engineers are Helping Enterprises Achieve Superior Business Outcomes, November 2022

About the Author: Ram Chockalingam

Ram Chockalingam is a Product Manager in the Telecom Emerging Services organization at Dell Technologies and is responsible for building offers for private wireless and lab validation services. He has over eighteen years of extensive experience in network technology and the telecommunications industry. He has an MBA in Information Systems and Technology Management. Previously at T-Mobile, he was instrumental in leading cross-functional programs during the nationwide standalone 5G network launch. Ram has experience and proven leadership in architecting, designing, and deploying network products and services in technologies that include 3G, HSPA+, LTE, VoLTE, VoWIFI, private LTE CBRS, edge computing, 5G non-standalone and 5G standalone networks in fully virtualized cloud computing networks and cloud-native functions (Kubernetes, Containers, Dockers). Most recently, he has successfully created services offerings for private mobility that drive connectivity goals for enterprise customers.