Keysight packs 5G benchmarking into portable pack

For benchmarking end-user quality of experience (QoE) in businesses, airports, arenas and other indoor environments, Keysight has developed the Nemo Backpack Pro. It supports quick, consistent and accurate measurements of key performance indicators across multiple 5G networks.

Keysight has introduced the in-building measurement solution to meet the expectation for advanced 5G enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine-type communications (mMTC) and reliable, low latency communications use cases to be delivered inside a building. Mobile operators need in-building wireless test solutions that quickly, consistently and accurately establish QoE across multiple 5G networks. Nemo Backpack Pro allows users to measure in-building key performance indicators (KPIs) across multiple mobile operators’ 5G networks simultaneously using up to eighteen measurement devices.

“5G deployments in indoor environments require test solutions that efficiently assess end-user QoE across any 3GPP-specified frequency band, benchmark networks and devices, while optimizing new technology functionality,” said Petri Toljamo, vice president and general manager for Nemo wireless solutions at Keysight. As well as making it easy for mobile operators and system integrators to efficiently capture data in the field, Keysight’s Nemo Outdoor software enables users to analyse the results in real time, he added.

Nemo Backpack Pro’s design does not add over-the-air OTA path loss to measurements, which improves the accuracy of captured data. Users can therefore compare KPIs such as data throughput rates, download speeds, quality of voice, streaming services and over the top (OTT) applications between different devices and networks.

It is, says Keysight, the industry’s lightest backpack for field-based in-building network testing that supports more measurement devices (18) than is possible with  comparable in-building backpacks.

The expandable, ergonomic design enables a user to capture relevant measurements for a comprehensive range of test requirements while walking the route only once.

Nemo Backpack Pro is part of Keysight’s portfolio of Nemo wireless network solutions, which uses common software such as Nemo Outdoor, Nemo Handy and Nemo Analyze, as well as common interfaces such as Nemo diagnostic module and the Nemo intelligent device interface to address a wide range of test requirements necessary to analyse the performance of a 5G network or device in the field.

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