During these early stages of planning fifth generation (5G) wireless technology the industry generally acknowledges that it will be some time before this new technology rolls out into operational networks and consumer devices. However, already wireless companies who depend on cooperative technologies are meeting regularly to lay the groundwork for 5G definitions. As a company designing advanced wireless test systems, Bluetest is exploring systems and solutions to measure emerging 5G prototypes. Do you want to know more about our work on 5G?
5G is expected to introduce a new network architecture to support increased capacity and lower latency. 5G technology should enable a more flexible, reliable, and secure network for everything that will be connected. As we see many diverse use cases, the network needs to respond to combinations of requirements from different application areas. 5G targets improved data rates, much higher data volumes, improved battery life and increased efficiency in a network of many more connected devices. These significant improvements, in nearly every aspect of wireless connectivity, promise a 5G future full of exciting developments.
5G use cases
The target for 5G is to support a wide range of use cases, each with its own set of system requirements and testing needs. A common denominator is the “Internet of Everything" where more or less everything gets connected. The many use cases imply very different kinds of devices, which can be broadly categorized in three main areas:
Enhanced mobile broadband
Delivering high speed data to many devices at the same time is very much the focus of current 5G planning. How can device designers and network operators deliver orders of magnitude higher throughput under challenging wireless conditions? As 5G solutions emerge with even higher data rate requirements, we are positioned to explore the effects of these solutions under both simple and challenging wireless propagation environments.
Mission critical ultra reliable
This is the area where we find vehicle to vehicle communication but also other types of devices that require low latency and ultra-reliable/ultra-secure connections possibly combined with high mobility and speed.
Internet of Things (IoT) type communication where the network needs to handle massive amounts of devices. Each device may not generate a lot of data but will require easy network access with minimum signaling and battery consumption.
5G and the reverberation chamber
Currently our reverberation chambers excel at transforming complex and highly varying wireless conditions into simple, highly repeatable tests so that engineers can spend more time exploring their designs and less time wondering about test complexity. As 5G technologies introduce even more wireless complexity to device development, the Bluetest system becomes ever more important as a basic development tool.
Bluetest already leads the OTA test industry in high data-rate throughput testing across multiple formats. We will continue offering world leading OTA test performance on the RTS platform with innovative solutions to reduce measurement time and cost. Want to know more?