Significance of 5G network testing in modern world
Mobile operators are focusing on 5G deployment on a rapid scale and are expected to spread 5G services to a wider geographical area by 2025. With a variety of use cases to support different industries and consumers, 5G will usher into a new era of applications and will come along with lots of 5G challenges and opportunities. Such applications and use cases range from connected cars to smart cities/homes, remote drones to robots, fixed wireless access to enhanced fiber capacity in mobile broadband to deliver uninterrupted network. Thus, planning to expedite 5G rollout and give users better lives with the use of new-age 5G applications is on full force.
Chances are, the 5G Market will reach at $5.53 billion in 2020, and is forecasted $667.90 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 122.3% during 2021 to 2026. With this, demand for 5G tests is becoming critical to measure Quality of Experience (QoE) provided to users, and the global 5G test equipment and solutions market is anticipated to reach $2 billion by 2024, registering CAGR of 11.5%.
The potential of 5G can be extracted with continuous 5G testing. New-age test solutions are developed to accommodate complex use cases and overall advancements in architecture that encompass RAN, core, transport, and fiber network elements simultaneously. This has evolved the need for advanced emulation and verification technology in the 5G test lab and is easily scalable as per 5G deployment requirements in the field.
5G network testing brings a lot more opportunities for service providers and vendors
Ever since the commence of commercialization of 5G technology started, it opened several opportunity areas for 5G test equipment and will continue to grow in the upcoming years. Service providers can look into these few recommendations as given below to strengthen their sales enablement capabilities and pitch their sales offerings accordingly:
Cloud native network is apt for creating 5G testing environment that can be scaled according to 5G business case. 5G test solutions developed on cloud is a big opportunity area for service providers and will definitely pave the way to satisfy critical needs. One such solution is RantCell solution, built on AWS cloud-based server and enabled with dashboard feature to analyse perform data and generate report automatically which can be easily automated as per requirements.
Service providers can capitalize on improving legacy testing framework to meet present day 5G testing demands.
Developing testing solutions to cover wider range of frequency and bandwidth requirements to assess RF performance of 3D antenna beam patterns over-the-air (OTA).
Due to the amount of testing required for 5G and the amount of data to be analysed, it is very tough for network operators to assess data manually. Service providers can leverage new-age technologies like data analytics to craft testing solutions. It will assist in performance data assessment in different phases of testing and ease their assessment process in less time with reduced manual efforts.
Development of remote testing solutions to help operators save their man hours from visiting network site and perform testing from remote locations.
Several assessment tasks are repetitive and need to be done on frequent intervals which require automated testing. This gives another favorable situation for vendors to work on automation-based 5G testing solution to serve their regular high demanding activities like performing network tests recurrently to assess user QoE.
Service providers need to work on other testing and monitoring tools that are constantly evolving and can be developed to satiate changing 5G testing demands including Model-based testing tool - simulation on test device with realistic users, Virtualized (NFV) monitoring tool, IP traffic monitors, Call generators, load generators.
Conclusion – 5G tests are the foundations
Expansion of 5G applications to support various use cases applied in the different industry verticals has created a never-ending demand for 5G tests. The revolutionary path towards 5G requires operators identify new architectures with a significant data plan to be tested focusing on latency, bandwidth and throughput efficiency. Test solution service providers need to build flexible and scalable platforms that can work as 5G test equipment integrated with expanded capabilities and ensure new-age wireless networks perform according to specific requirements.
The new developments streamlined with 5G technology promises to build a strong competitive business surroundings across various industries and transform the way of connecting with people or doing business in the near future. Having a roadmap for the structured deployment of 5G networks, operators will find new 5G network opportunities as they continue to perform 5G network testing
for commercializing it to a wider group of customers.