5G is more than a new air interface; it is an end-to-end architecture and needs testing throughout
At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona, Anritsu showing its extensive capabilities in supporting the industry development of 5G networks, with a range of technologies and research activities across the whole spectrum of network architecture, air interface, network access and service assurance.
A key discussion point in the mobile industry, and especially in the test and measurement segment, will be the use of new technologies to enable the next generation 5G networks whether it’s at new millimetre wave bands or an evolution of existing standards. Although much of the headline discussion is on the implementation of a new air interface, the 5G network will have an impact across the whole “end to end” network and service domains.
Anritsu explained its test and measurement solutions for developing the new 5G air interface with practical examples including LTE-A Pro scaled-up to 1GB/s, experimental new waveforms, mmW measurement, OTA and massive MIMO test needs. They also are showed the development of new test methods for emerging 5G device technology, using the latest technology of “modulated S Parameters”.
Network Access and Capacity
Within the access network, increased capacity is driving towards C-RAN, and HetNet deployment with CPRI and DAS, and the move to DWDM optical networks. Anritsu showed unique field test solutions for the full range of C-RAN deployment. This included RF and CPRI testers, optical transport network testing to support this new technology deployment, and also SDN and NFV transport network implementation, configuration and maintenance.
As LTE-A progresses to Release 13 and beyond, into LTE-A Pro, so the test requirements for both ultra-high speed broadband and enhanced Machine Type Communications (eMTC) continue to evolve. Anritsu demonstrated the latest UE technology running on their leading device test platform solution, as well as some of the unique applications and connectivity testing methods.
Anritsu also demonstrated their latest NFV/SDN, Big Data and Customer Experience Analytics and real time Customer Experience Management tools which are forecast to be key operator management tools for advanced network orchestration, supporting the 5G concept of network slicing.
Anritsu continues to strive to produce innovative solutions to progress the development on the next generation mobile communication standards not only at the air interface but also for the whole network and services its carries.
Anritsu Corporation (www.anritsu.com) has been a provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 120 years. The company's test and measurement solutions include wireless, optical, microwave/RF and digital instruments, operations support systems and solutions that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems. With the addition of OSS monitoring solutions it has expanded its offering to provide complete solutions for existing and next-generation wireline and wireless communication systems and service providers. Anritsu sells in over 90 countries worldwide with approximately 4,000 employees.
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