5G Spectrum: How Proper Testing Maximizes ROI

The 5G rollout significantly changes the radio access network (RAN) to accommodate the expanding use cases. Among the most important technologies integrated into RAN designs are network slicing and mobile edge computing. Both are necessary to help 5G meet key performance indicators (KPIs) and expanding applications.The increased need for spectrum is necessitated by the exploding demand for data. 5G goes beyond traditional consumer mobile demands and extends to new industries. To fit all these verticals, 5G networks must have a new level of flexibility and agility. Technologies such as network slicing, however, can only be as flexible and efficient as a mobile operator’s spectrum assets allow.

For these reasons, it is imperative that spectrum is properly managed and monitored, from network deployment to operation and maintenance. Given the technologies used in 5G and the mission critical nature of many applications, testing becomes paramount. While many tests are similar to LTE – only with new more stringent specifications – new analysis is also required to ensure network operation.Understanding the use cases and evolving RAN, as well as implementing the necessary test processes due to these factors, will help 5G networks perform to specification.

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