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Smart factories: Network testing is essential to ensure quality and performance (part 2)

November 23, 2020 | by Arnd Sibila

Factory owners who have successfully applied for 5G spectrum dedicated to private or campus networks need to ensure that their mobile network’s critical KPIs are met, namely reliability and latency. This article discusses the different test phases to provide high-quality smart factory deployments while verifying and monitoring quality and performance.

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DSS: Enabling 5G NR in standard LTE subframes (part 2)

November 12, 2020 | by Andreas Roessler

After discussing the need for dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) and 5G NR transmission in LTE MBSFN subframes in part 1 of this article series, we will now examine the challenges in enabling 5G NR in standard LTE subframes and introduce the solution defined by the 5G NR standard.

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DSS: 5G NR-LTE coexistence through dynamic spectrum sharing (part 1)

October 13, 2020 | by Andreas Roessler

In part 1 of our series about 5G NR-LTE coexistence through dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS), we will take a closer look at DSS’s technological background. We will examine the feature sets that enable DSS and how the technology component is embedded in the LTE and 5G network architecture.

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Smart factories: Mobile network characteristics and main KPIs (part 1)

September 17, 2020 | by Arnd Sibila

The 3GPP Release 16, heavily influenced by the automotive and connected industries, is expected to offer significant improvements in latency reduction, network synchronization, and 5G integration. Let’s examine how these developments will make 5G a suitable technology for fulfilling smart factory requirements and how testing network reliability meets factory owners’ operational and security needs.

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Code-selective electromagnetic field (EMF) measurements (part 2)

August 18, 2020 | by Manuel Mielke

In part 1 of this article series about the electromagnetic field (EMF) measurements procedures, we explained the different measurement concepts, namely the code-selective and frequency-selective method. Now, learn how the code-selective EMF method offers mobile operators and infrastructure suppliers the best trade-off between EMF exposure limits and optimized coverage and capacity.

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5G measurements to lay the foundation for autonomous vehicles in port terminals

July 15, 2020 | by Albert Huang

What is the air interface at typical port terminals like, and what needs to be optimized to ensure safer and more efficient automated operations? Discover how 5G measurements conducted with the R&S®TSMA6 scanner and R&S®SmartONE expert mode (R&S®ROMES4) shed some light on these questions.

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Interactivity test: Examples from real 5G networks (part 3)

June 10, 2020 | by Johanna Sochos

After discussing the shift of focus in QoE measurements in 5G networks, introducing the concept of interactivity, and explaining our test approach, we will conclude this series with measurement examples from real networks, including 5G. Learn about the interactivity test in action and discover test results from different field measurements.

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Electromagnetic field measurements in 5G: Overview and concepts

May 20, 2020 | by Manuel Mielke

Why are electromagnetic field (EMF) measurements critical for the widespread rollout of 5G NR, and how do you measure electromagnetic radiation? Learn more about the two fundamentally different EMF measurement procedures – frequency-selective versus code-selective – and the arguments in favor of the latter.

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Interactivity test: Concept and KPIs (part 2)

April 30, 2020 | by Johanna Sochos

The interactivity of a network is the measurable continuity and latency of a given bit rate. How do you measure interactivity in practice? What are the realistic traffic patterns? And, how do you define a QoE model for real-time applications like eGaming? Learn about it here.

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Interactivity test: QoS/QoE measurements in 5G (part 1)

April 14, 2020 | by Johanna Sochos

5G is more than just more data rate. The new technology’s scalable network slices, supporting transport requirements for critical applications, can be tuned for extremely short latencies. This will lead to the introduction of new user classes, such as industry or automotive, whose network demands differ from those of humans.

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Machine learning: Time-based anomaly detection (part 3)

March 17, 2020 | by Miguel Román

Data scientists love anomaly detection as anomalous samples provide valuable insight that often correlates with defects or errors in the data collection process. This blog post demonstrates how we leverage neural networks to build a time-based anomaly detector, featured in SmartAnalytics, for mobile network testing use cases.

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Network Performance Score: How to conduct NPS benchmarking campaigns

February 19, 2020 | by Johanna Sochos

The Network Performance Score (NPS) reflects the perceived technical performance of a mobile network or one of its subsets such as region, period, or technology. What needs to be planned and prepared to conduct NPS benchmarking campaigns that yield representative results that can lead to real insights into network quality?

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