5G RAN Testing

5G RAN Software

Simulate stateful UE traffic at scale to validate 5G RAN from end-to-end

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  • GUI driven (no scripting); configuration centers on defining UE behavior and describing traffic models/patterns
  • Scaling – from a few UES to 1000s of UEs
  • Measure and report quality of experience (QoE) analysis and scoring of each traffic stream for each UE
  • Run stateful user-plane traffic simulations: VoLTE (voice and video), video on demand, HTTP Streaming, FTP, HTTP, HTTPS
  • Support for 4G and 5G (NSA) from a single user interface on the same system
  • End-to-End: From UEs to PDN running both ends in the same test on the same system

Validating New Technologies with 5G Network Testing Solutions

5G New Radio (NR), the technical specification for an OFDM-based physical air interface, aims to make wireless broadband performance the same as wired. With extreme bandwidth, low latency, and massive scalability, this "wireless fiber" will deliver on 5G performance expectations while reducing OPEX costs to just one-fifth of today's cost.

As 5G standards evolve, it is critical to perform continuous standards conformance testing to accelerate innovation. Testing the 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) requires careful planning, well-thought-out test plans, a performance benchmarking strategy, test automation, and reporting.

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Ensuring Scalable and High-Performing 5G Architectures

Unlike the 4G/LTE RAN, changes in the 5G RAN makes it necessary to test the architecture's modular and flexible nature at high scale and performance. To accomplish this, our 5G network testing solution is flexible, modular, and scalable to support different 5G split architectures. It comes in a compact footprint with the potential to grow up to 4,000 UEs to validate the most complex mobility scenarios.

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5G RAN Testing

What is 5G RAN Testing?

5G RAN Testing involves simulating stateful user equipment (UE) traffic at scale to validate the 5G Radio Access Network from end-to-end, ensuring its performance and reliability.

What are the key features of advanced 5G RAN testing software?

Key features include a GUI-driven interface for easy configuration, scalability for testing thousands of UEs, and the ability to measure and report on the quality of experience (QoE) for each traffic stream and UE.

What is the importance of scalable testing in 5G RAN?

Scalability is crucial in 5G RAN testing to accommodate the architecture's modular and flexible nature, allowing validation of complex mobility scenarios and network performance at high scales.

How does 5G RAN testing contribute to validating new technologies in 5G networks?

Continuous standards conformance testing is essential for validating new technologies in 5G networks, helping to accelerate innovation and ensure compatibility with evolving 5G standards.

What are the benefits of using a GUI-driven approach in 5G RAN testing?

A GUI-driven approach simplifies the testing process, allowing users to define UE behavior and describe traffic models/patterns without complex scripting, making it more accessible and efficient.

How do 5G RAN testing solutions address the challenge of high performance and scalability in 5G architectures?

These solutions are designed to be flexible, modular, and scalable, accommodating different 5G split architectures and scaling up to thousands of UEs, which is essential for validating the most complex mobility scenarios in 5G networks.

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