5G infrastructure refers to the network of macro and small cell base stations with edge computing capabilities required for the functionality of the fifth-generation cellular network technology standard.
5G New Radio in particular poses challenges for testing infrastructure devices due to increasing MIMO complexity and beamforming, larger bandwidths and new frequency bands up to mmWave. The ever-increasing diversification and complexity of mobile network infrastructure equipment is often combined with requirements such as cost efficiency and speed to market. These requirements must be reflected in innovative and flexible test and measurement solutions.
Here’s what 5G wireless technology is all about: making it possible for telecom providers to deliver profitable services over their wireless networks. 4G LTE made their radio access networks (RAN) too expensive to operate. Compared to 5G, 4G consumes too many resources, requires too much human oversight, and runs, to borrow a phrase best voiced by Ella Fitzgerald, too damn hot. The promise of 5G is that it reduces costs.
- 5G RAN Solutions: The vast majority of the world’s telecom cellular networks are public networks operated by CSPs and this market represents the largest growth opportunity for 5G RAN. This includes both traditional and “open” RAN opportunities. While 5G RAN supporting private cellular networks is a small market, the growth in this niche will be significantly higher, ultimately impacting a variety of industries, albeit likely with the help of CSPs and RAN vendors.
- 5G transport network solutions: Transport networks often do not receive the same attention as RAN and core networks. However, transport networks are essential for 5G to meet expectations. The growth opportunities for transport solutions lie primarily in public 5G networks.
- Core Network Solutions: Up to this point in the 5G rollout, most of the activity has been at the RAN. In order for 5G to reach its potential, the 5G core must be present. Keep an eye out for a growing number of global CSPs to focus on their 5G core network requirements in the near future.