Rohde & Schwarz verifies 5G NR with mobile network testing

Field tests of 5G NR networks have been performed by Rohde & Schwarz, using commercially available 5G NR devices.

The field tests of network performance and quality from the end-user perspective on a live 5G NR network are an important step to verify that the 5G network performance supports the demanding technical requirements, says Rohde & Schwarz, and ensuring it delivers the required quality of experience (QoE) to the end user. The company’s mobile network testing solutions for engineering, site acceptance, optimization, benchmarking and monitoring offer the ability to conduct such measurements using commercially available smartphones.

The ultimate test is to verify that the required quality of experience (QoE) is delivered to subscribers by using real 5G devices in live networks. A complete 5G NR network’s operation can be tested using commercially available 5G devices such as the Samsung S10 5G, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Oppo Reno 5G and the LG V50 ThinQ 5G phones. Rohde & Schwarz engineers have conducted first field tests in live 5G networks and measured key quality of service (QoS) and QoE parameters.

The quality and performance of 5G NR mobile networks can be tested by operators using commercially available user equipment and Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing solutions such as the R&S QualiPoc smartphone-based optimiser, R&S ROMES4 universal network measurement software or R&S SmartBenchmarker network benchmarking software. These cover video streaming quality and app testing, providing detailed IP and RF trace data using a rooted phone, RF and voice and data testing with a standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) device with open diagnostic ports.

At 5G World 2019 in London (12 to 13 June, booth 5G401) Rohde & Schwarz will showcase its test solutions that accelerate the adoption of 5G, including device testing in FR1 and FR2, 5G NR network coverage and operation testing and intelligent QoE analytics.

Rohde & Schwarz supplies mobile network testing, with a diverse product portfolio for mobile operators, infrastructure vendors, testing service providers, installation companies and government regulators. Products address every test scenario in the network lifecycle – from basestation installation to network acceptance and network benchmarking, from optimisation and troubleshooting to interference hunting and spectrum analysis and from IP application awareness to QoS and QoE of voice, data, video and app-based services.

Rohde & Schwarz’s mobile network testing solutions provide hardware, software and resources for the mobile networking industry to efficiently deliver better services, while enabling suppliers to increase the value of their networks and products.

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