Cobham To Demonstrate New 5G Testing Capabilities at MWC 17

Cobham 5G

Cobham Wireless has announced that it will demonstrate the industry’s first software-defined 5G user equipment (UE) simulator, based on Verizon’s open 5G standard, which can test downlink throughput of 10Gbps at the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 17) in Barcelona. The company will also be showcasing an IoT proof-of-concept (PoC) solution, which is able to emulate up to one million 5G IoT devices, validating network performance in preparation for IoT connectivity.

The UE Simulator to be showcased, supports multiple simultaneous 5G air interfaces which are compatible with various wireless standards, including 3GPP’s 5G New Radio (5GNR). This means that the UE simulator can support current and future cellular standards, as the technology develops. The solution features programmable data logging and signal visualization capabilities to enable early 5G air interface integration testing and debugging. The demonstration will be in collaboration with National Instruments, which provided the 5G programmable radio frequency (RF) front-end PoC solution.  software-defined 5G test UE simulator enables the development of a virtualizable test solution, supporting a Lab-as-a-Service model for 5G testing towards Virtual-Radio Access Network (V-RAN) architecture.

Cobham Wireless’ software-defined 5G test UE simulator enables the development of a virtualisable test solution, supporting a Lab-as-a-Service model for 5G testing towards a Virtual-Radio Access Network (V-RAN) architecture. Virtualising the solution provides operators with the flexibility to test technology and share hardware, software and licenses via the cloud. The scalable, agile nature of the solution will help operators realise cost savings through reduced investment in physical architecture, while increasing test times, efficiency and coverage.

In addition, Cobham Wireless’ 5G IoT PoC solution can demonstrate how service providers will be able to support the scale, density and complexity of 5G’s massive IoT test requirements. In the near future, service provider networks will have to be robust enough to support the huge increase in 5G IoT devices. The PoC solution will demonstrate how service providers can test their networks in the face of growing demands.

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