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  • Writer's pictureSarah-Jayne Gratton

Ensuring Successful Solutions in 5G Testing Times

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

A solution isn’t a solution until it’s been tested and proven to work!

Continuous technology evolution, as well as the ever-increasing demand for higher frequency coverage, wider bandwidths, and multi-channel applications, drive the wireless industry to search for engineering breakthroughs that provide simplified, future-proof 5G test solutions.

After all, we are moving into a brave new world of bespoke connectivity options, using network slicing to deliver the optimum service for each of our particular needs. And we’re seeing private 5G networks as benchmarks for new ways of working.

The possibilities, it seems, are endless.

Rapid Adoption brings 5G Testing Challenges

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the global value of the cellular IoT market will reach $61 billion by 2026; rising from $31 billion in 2022. It identified the growth of 5G and cellular LPWA (Low-power Wide Area) technologies as key to this 95% increase over the next four years.

It’s never been more important to ensure E2E testing solutions provide the framework of support we need.

There’s never been a more exciting yet equally challenging time for the wireless industry. With rapid adoption in key verticals such as agriculture and healthcare, it’s never been more important to ensure E2E testing of 5G solutions to provide the framework of support we need to make literally life-changing leaps forward in innovation.

No Longer Science Fiction

5G is not only revolutionising healthcare working practises and the handling of patient data, but it’s also moving into the operating theatre, with surgical robots and AR headsets now closer than ever to achieving mass deployment in the medical field.

According to a GlobalData report on robotics in healthcare, the global robotics market will have surpassed $275bn by 2025, with analysts predicting that the number of robotic surgical systems will increase by 6.5% to 12% within the next 10 years.

And, if this all seems a bit far-fetched, it’s worth remembering that robots from one of the UK’s biggest medical robotics companies, CMR Surgical, are already helping NHS hospitals deliver keyhole surgery for their patients.

5G in the Fields

Moving on to agriculture, the war in the Ukraine has made global food security more important than ever and in this sector of industry, 5G is proving itself to be a true saviour, with crop monitoring providing real time data for growers, allowing them to make time-critical decisions in the field.

New automation in harvesting means that manual labour challenges can be affordably resolved, whilst blockchain and supply chain tracking technology afford us greater transparency in our food supply chains ensuring that our food is delivered safely and securely.

5G IoT Services

It's anticipated by the leading players in the industry that the low cost of both connectivity and hardware will drive adoption for remote monitoring in key verticals, such as automation, smart cities and manufacturing, with 5G IoT services generating $9 billion by 2026 – a huge leap from the $800 million of revenue recorded last year.

This represents a predicted growth of 1,000% over the next four years, as 5G coverage continues to expand and operators benefit from the increased number of 5G IoT connections.

5G on the Factory Floor

One manufacturing scenario to be tested in the pilot phase under real-life laboratory conditions in Wolfsburg is the wireless upload of data to manufactured vehicles by Volkswagen. With ever higher levels of digitization in their fully connected vehicles, the production process requires large amounts of data to be transmitted to the cars in real-time and with minimal latency. 5G makes it possible to perform this instantly and at any time during production.

Beate Hofer, CIO of the Volkswagen Group said of the testing: “Efficient wireless communication in real time will be crucial for flexible production in the future. 5G has the potential to be a key driver of the Industrial Internet of Things. Our aim is therefore to build up extensive experience in the operation and industrial use of 5G technology.”

Custom chip technology at the heart of Keysight’s new signal generator provides unparalleled signal purity for 5G testing. Source: Keysight

Ensuring Future Success through Testing

5G testing of base stations and user equipment, like that offered by Keysight Technologies, means service providers can replicate real end-user scenarios to ensure that their network can withstand high demand. And unlike current solutions on the market that required complicated test setups and a whole mess of cabling, Keysight’s new signal generator will greatly simplify 5G testing.

Join Keysight’s special event to learn how the custom, state-of-the-art, chip technology behind their powerful new signal generator will help you continue to innovate in wireless communications.

This article was sponsored by Keysight.


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