Test reference platform evaluates 5G device, base station performance

Nov. 18, 2020
Keysight says its Performance Benchmarking Solution for Lab Networks platform enables mobile operators to optimally evaluate how 5G devices and 5G bases stations will perform in a live 5G NR network environment.

Keysight Technologies on Nov. 17 introduced a new performance test platform that enables mobile operators to automatically benchmark and evaluate performance of 5G new radio (NR) devices and base stations in a laboratory environment.

Keysight says its Performance Benchmarking Solution for Lab Networks platform enables mobile operators to optimally evaluate how 5G devices and 5G bases stations will perform in a live 5G NR network environment as new models, features and versions become available.

The test platform combines Keysight's Nemo Outdoor 5G NR Drive Test Solution, Nemo 5G Device Analytics software, and PathWave Test Automation, a test sequencer built on the OpenTAP techology, an open source test automation engine, and complemented with a wide range of test cases to create an automated test environment.

"Frequent updates to devices and base stations, as well as the introduction of new models and versions, require a simple, workflow-connected solution that generates a single performance score for each device or base station under test," said Petri Toljamo, vice president and general manager for Nemo wireless solutions at Keysight. "We're pleased to support mobile operators with an automated performance test solution that reduces time to market, while maintaining high quality standards, compared to manual processes."

Specifically, Keysight says its new 5G Performance Benchmarking Solution for Lab Networks enables mobile operators to:

  • Evaluate multiple devices in a single test campaign using live base stations
  • Evaluate a 5G base station (gNodeB) using a reference 5G device
  • Compile key performance indicators (KPIs) across multiple test cases to generate a single score, reinforcing objective comparisons between the different models or versions under test
  • Access a single user interface for test plan execution, analysis, report generation and access to historical records
  • Expand test campaigns and evaluate advanced scenarios such as mobility by using OpenTAP and attenuators

Users can combine Keysight's Performance Benchmarking Solution for Lab Networks with the company's 5G Device Benchmarking Toolset, which was launched in March 2020, to verify devices using Keysight's UXM 5G wireless test platform, a network emulator.

"Keysight's integrated solutions improve test automation and accelerate performance evaluation in a test laboratory environment prior to deployment enables Erillisverkot to provide secure and reliable information and communications technology (ICT) services to public authorities," asserts Antti Kauppinen, head of department, mobile technology development and strategy, Erillisverkot Group, the Finnish state-run body responsible for national communications networks for the country's public authorities and emergency services.. "Thorough and continuous testing of devices and network elements with new features and updates guarantees a smooth roll-out."

View a PDF describing the test platform.

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