“As the pace of 5G rollout accelerates, we are ushering in a new generation of wireless technology, which will bring faster download speeds, greater bandwidth, and incredibly low latency to support more traffic.
Author: Yi Lai Chu
As the pace of 5G rollout accelerates, we are ushering in a new generation of wireless technology, which will bring faster download speeds, greater bandwidth, and incredibly low latency to support more traffic.
5G has the ability to significantly improve lives, but this step of change is not without challenges. Therefore, intensive testing will play a vital role in enhancing consumer confidence and successfully launching 5G.
However, because the deployment of new technologies will be accompanied by huge costs and risks, a more flexible method of accessing test equipment will provide a strong competitive advantage.
5G changes the world is a leap
The global deployment of 5G marks the dawn of a smarter society. This will be the foundation of future smart city construction, opening the door to incredible possibilities ranging from driverless cars to life-saving remote surgery.
All of this depends on the three key technological advancements of the 5G standard:
First, 5G networks can support download speeds much faster than 4G. This means being able to download high-definition movies in a few seconds, which is closer to immersive virtual reality and a new level of gaming experience. Similarly, it will open up new developments in augmented reality, which will have an impact on education, training, and e-commerce, and will transform healthcare, enabling remote patient-doctor interaction.
Secondly, the latency level promised by 5G is reduced by 10 times, and the prospects for remote surgery and other emerging touch-screen network applications that rely on ultra-reliable operations will change the rules of the game. It is also the backbone of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, bringing the movement to autonomous vehicles one step closer.
Finally, 5G networks can support much more connected devices than 4G (more than a hundred times), allowing more people to be online at any time in densely populated places, solving signal problems in stadiums, festivals, and events. It will make our daily lives more convenient and comfortable, accelerate the popularization of the Internet of Things, connect billions of devices, and bring us to a new level of digital intelligence. From reducing traffic congestion and improving environmental monitoring, to the growth of mobile cloud computing and a new generation of industrial automation and robotics, the possibilities are endless.
It is easy to think that the progress from 4G to 5G is similar to the previous improvements, such as from 3G to 4G, but this is not the case. 5G represents a more thorough change in the mobile connection landscape, and this transformation requires a technological leap.
Towards a 5G future requires new testing methods
Any leap in technology also brings new challenges to design, deployment and testing. Just as the 5G environment is very different from before, so is the 5G test environment.
The confidence of enterprises and consumers in 5G is critical to making their applications possible. Therefore, testing must be embedded throughout the development and deployment process to ensure the quality of service and experience for each user.
Due to new 5G technologies, such as millimeter wave frequencies, wide channel bandwidths, and multi-antenna configurations, the deployment of 5G requires entirely new test methods.
From R&D and pre-deployment testing to installation, commissioning and maintenance, 5G technology needs to be thoroughly tested. To do this, engineers need to be able to access the latest equipment, and they need to be flexible to make changes.
Therefore, to unlock the performance and bandwidth of these transformative new technologies, new test equipment and technologies are needed.
However, there are challenges in accessing this device. As the product life becomes shorter and shorter, shortening to two years or even shorter, the risk of obsolescence also increases, leaving the organization with many expensive but outdated toolkits.
Especially in the current situation, directly purchasing this equipment may not be the best solution.
What is the answer?Flexible device access
In addition to purchasing test equipment, there are other options that help reduce the risks associated with these large investments.
Renting test equipment makes test operations more flexible and able to respond to changing or unplanned project requirements-this is particularly important when faced with new technologies and unknown factors in evolving technologies.
In today’s environment, these flexible financial solutions, especially equipment leasing, allow users participating in 5G deployments to take a much lower risk approach and access the test equipment they deliver new network users expect.
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