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Testing the waters of the 5G revolution

Rigorous testing and validation are key for 5G success. Here’s a closer look at how to test the next-generation infrastructure
 
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Mousume Roy
Mousume Roy
APAC Reporter, HCLTech
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Testing the waters of the 5G revolution

The advent of 5G technology has sparked a revolutionary shift in the digital landscape, promising unprecedented connectivity, blazing-fast speed and enhanced capabilities for a wide range of industries.

According to recent data from Statista, as of 2023, there are an estimated 1.9 billion fifth generation (5G) subscriptions worldwide. This figure is forecast to increase to 2.8 billion by 2024 and 5.9 billion by 2027. This rapid expansion reflects the increasing demand for faster and more reliable connectivity.

The deployment of 5G infrastructure is expected to have a significant economic impact. A study conducted by IHS Markit estimates that by 2035, 5G technology will enable $13.2 trillion in global economic output. This surge in economic activity will be driven by enhanced productivity across various sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and entertainment.

As the world races towards a hyper-connected future, the success of 5G relies heavily on rigorous testing and validation of its infrastructure.

Pioneering a new era of connectivity

The development and deployment of 5G networks demand a comprehensive testing framework to validate the infrastructure's reliability, performance, compatibility and security. Testing plays a crucial role in guaranteeing that the network meets the stringent requirements set forth by telecom regulatory bodies.

These tests not only verify the technical capabilities of 5G infrastructure but also identify and address any potential challenges. Recently, HCLTech announced the launch of a state-of-the-art test lab in Chennai, India, to enable global telecom infrastructure original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to test and validate 5G solutions.

The facility is equipped with high-end scanners that enable global OEMs to test large cellular base stations as well as small form factor antennas used in mobile phones, smart gadgets, health monitoring systems and remote surveillance systems.

Committed to advancing next-gen mobile telephony with the highest levels of quality, performance and technology, this test lab will enable HCLTech’s team of highly experienced and skilled engineers to test and verify cellular and non-cellular products with great precision.

Unveiling the true potential of 5G

Testing enables network operators and equipment manufacturers to push the boundaries of 5G technology, uncovering its full potential. Through meticulous lab-based testing, engineers can simulate various real-world scenarios, stress test the network's capacity and optimize performance to ensure robustness and stability. This process allows them to identify and rectify potential bottlenecks before the network is deployed on a larger scale.

One aspect of 5G testing involves measuring network speed and latency. Telecom operators and equipment manufacturers conduct extensive field tests to assess the actual data transfer rates and latency of 5G networks in real-world conditions.

These tests help determine whether the network can consistently deliver the promised ultra-fast speeds and low latency that are essential for applications like virtual reality, autonomous vehicles and remote surgeries.

The new HCLTech lab is equipped to test and validate 5G telecom antennas for frequency bands up to 7 GHz. It is scalable to test millimeter-wave frequency 5G infrastructure to help OEMs and telecom service providers quickly and accurately measure critical parameters. These parameters help telecom infrastructure OEMs accelerate time to market, optimize cellular network and deliver seamless connectivity on voice and data.

Ensuring network security and reliability

5G testing includes security assessments to identify vulnerabilities and ensure robust security measures are in place to protect the network and user data. With the increased connectivity and massive number of connected devices, security becomes a paramount concern.

Rigorous security testing helps identify potential weaknesses and allows for the implementation of robust security protocols to safeguard the 5G ecosystem. Through comprehensive testing and trials, operators and equipment manufacturers can fine-tune their deployments, address any technical challenges and provide a seamless user experience.

As the world embraces the transformative power of 5G, rigorous testing remains a vital step in paving the way for a future driven by lightning-fast connectivity and boundless opportunities.

Collaboration and standardization

Testing 5G infrastructure necessitates close collaboration between network operators, equipment manufacturers and regulatory bodies. Standardization efforts are crucial to harmonize testing methodologies and ensure interoperability across different vendors and networks. Organizations such as the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) play a vital role in developing and maintaining these standards, enabling seamless integration and global compatibility.

Earlier in March, HCLTech launched a suite of innovative technology solutions for the 5G ecosystem at the Mobile World Congress 2023. The solutions leverage its differentiated portfolio across digital, engineering, cloud and software to help communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises supercharge their 5G readiness and accelerate monetization of their investments.  

The successful deployment of 5G technology hinges upon rigorous testing and validation of its infrastructure. Testing allows organizations to unleash the full potential of this transformative technology, guaranteeing reliable connectivity, superior performance and robust security.

As 5G continues to revolutionize industries and drive innovation, investing in comprehensive testing methodologies will be key to realizing its promises and creating a future powered by seamless, ultra-fast and highly reliable connectivity.

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