5G Impact on Wireless Device Lab Testing

A Spirent White Paper

WP Measuring Video Quality Using AIFew technologies have arrived with more fanfare and greater promise than 5G. Fifth generation (5G) cellular promises a list of impressive numbers that far exceed today’s 4G LTE specifications. These numbers include:

  • Download peak speeds of up to 20 Gbps, upload peak speeds of 10 Gbps
  • 99.999% reliability
  • 1 millisecond latency
  • Sub-meter level of location accuracy
  • Support for up to 1 million devices per square kilometer

These and other capabilities enable a wide range of demanding, mission-critical applications, including autonomous vehicles, smart grids, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), and even remote robotic surgery.

Delivering on those promises won’t be quick and easy. Read this whitepaper to learn why 5G is inherently more complex than 4G and how that additional complexity has created new test challenges and considerations for operators, device OEMs, test labs and chipset manufacturers. It covers both expected and unexpected test challenges along with insight on a 5G test strategy that meets immediate high-priority needs while laying the foundation to support future requirements.


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