5G NR network measurements

5G network testing

5G mobile network measurements

5G NR is the new radio access technology for the next generation mobile communication standard that is significantly different from LTE in the following characteristics:

  • New frequency bands below and above 6 GHz, promising globally available frequency ranges with the principle ones being: 3.4 to 4 GHz and 26 to 29 GHz
  • Beamforming support for synchronization signals and broadcast channels
  • Wide flexibility of physical radio parameters such as channel bandwidth, subcarrier spacing and symbol duration

These characteristics have an impact on the signal propagation and consequently increase the need for accurate coverage measurements to enable and verify correct 5G NR network planning and the rollout of base stations.

How to test a mobile network

The Network Coverage Challenge

Coverage is an important question that has to be answered with confidence for all new technologies

This 5G NR coverage challenge impacts all phases of the lifecycle of 5G NR networks:

  • Before network rollout (pre-installation phase): 5G NR network measurements in trials are the only way to provide insights into the performance of the new technology and to overcome uncertainties before commercial launch.
  • At commercial network rollout (installation phase): 5G NR network measurements verify 5G NR network planning and site installation, for example to determine if the planned cluster and network coverage will be successful.
  • In network optimization phase: 5G NR network measurements can verify the handover areas between sites, cells and beams and at the same time limit the interference between cells to increase the provided capacity.
  • Trouble shooting: 5G NR network measurements help find root causes of potential problems in networks, e.g. coverage holes, high interference causing too low capacity, etc.
  • Benchmarking: 5G NR network measurements will also support benchmarking campaigns in the future in order to compare different operators’ 5G NR networks.
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The fast, reactive and fully connected 5G capabilities enable smart factories (Industry 4.0) to provide an agile, adaptable, and automated manufacturing and warehouse environment. Accurate and insightful testing at every phase of the network lifecycle enables a faster rollout, efficient use of network resources, and awareness of issues before they become critical.

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Further information

Webinar: Apples to apples benchmarking of 5G networks.

Webinar: Apples to Apples Benchmarking of 5G Networks

Join us in this webinar to learn about network benchmarking theories with solutions from Rohde & Schwarz.

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Application video: 5G EMF measurements

This short video shows a demonstration of how to measure electromagnetic pollution from 5G mobile networks using the code-selective method.

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Webinar: Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for 5G – Technology and Testing Overview

Join this webinar on "Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for 5G" and learn about the latest measurement tools & techniques for successful DSS deployment with solutions from Rohde & Schwarz.

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Webinar: Network synchronization – essential for 5G performance

Webinar: Network synchronization – essential for 5G performance

This webinar examines the topic network synchronization and describes a practical test procedure to make accurate measurements.

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Poster: 5G site testing

This poster provides a step-by-step guide to the required RF and functional 5G site tests.

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eGuide: 5G Network Testing

What do you really need to know about 5G network testing? The most important facts and solutions.

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Webinar: Fundamental learnings from benchmarking 5G networks

Webinar: Fundamental learnings from benchmarking 5G networks

This webinar describes an approach to overcome 5G benchmarking challenges and uses real measurements from benchmarking first commercial deployments of 5G to analyze a network’s true performance and measure its ability to support current and future use cases.

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White paper: EMF measurements in 5G networks

How do you measure electromagnetic pollution from mobile networks? Learn more about electromagnetic field measurements in this white paper.

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Tutorial series: 5G mobile network testing

This series of four webinars guides you through the test sequence to ensure efficient and successful 5G network preparation, deployment and operation. Each module adresses a particular aspect of the network lifecycle, identifies the technical fundamentals and defines a test approach to deliver the required network performance.

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White paper: interactivity test

Learn how to simultaneously measure the fundamental performance characteristics of 5G mobile networks.

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Is 5G a revolution?

Register now for our new 5G New Radio digital book to get a comprehensive answer to this question. Gain insights into the fundamentals, procedures and testing aspects of 5G NR.


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Solution guide: mobile network testing

Discover the right test solution for your needs – maximize network quality and performance.

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App brochure: Site testing and trouble-shooting in 5G networks

Site testing of 5G gNodeBs verifies the radio environment also using OTA measurement concepts. This application brochure enables you to identify the various deployment scenarios and use an efficient test methodology with scanners, analyzers and smartphones, to overcome the challenges of verifying correct 5G site installation.

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White paper: 5G NR networks are here – let’s test!

Do you want to find out how to test a 5G NR network? This white paper guides you through the challenges and describes 5G NR technology basics like beamforming for synchronization signals and broadcast channel information.

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5G NR network measurement solutions from Rohde & Schwarz

Beam-specific 5G NR coverage measurements

This 5G NR test solution is based on the field-proven R&S®ROMES drive test software for measuring network quality with scanners and test smartphones and covers all cellular technologies.

  • In combination with the scanners R&S®TSME6 and R&S®TSMA6, R&S®ROMES offers the first 5G NR network measurement solution that measures true network coverage.
  • The solution also verifies the impact of beamforming for synch signals and broadcast channels.
  • R&S®ROMES drive test software can connect 5G USB dongles or other pre-commercial devices to monitor the 5G device / network interaction and execute UL tests. It is a universal network optimization tool for collecting and analyzing 5G data.

This Rohde & Schwarz 5G NR network measurement solutions has been shortlisted for the Global Telecoms Award 2018 in the 5G category called “Advancing the road to 5G”.

For more detailed information, see our press release on the world’s first 5G NR network measurement solution.

 5G over-the-air measurements with the R&S Spectrum Rider FPH handheld microwave spectrum analyzer

5G over-the-air measurements with the R&S®Spectrum Rider FPH handheld microwave spectrum analyzer

The R&S®Spectrum Rider FPH handheld spectrum analyzer’s frequency coverage up to 31 GHz combined with features such as 6 hour battery life, low weight (2.5 kg), backlit keypad, fast boot time, non-reflective display and ruggedized housing make it optimized for field spectral measurements of 5G signals. The R&S®FPH combined with an appropriate antenna can make over-the-air 5G measurements including occupied bandwidth, spectral emission mask and channel power, thus making it capable of verifying 5G transmissions. With frequency coverage to 31 GHz, the R&S®FPH’s can also be used for spectrum clearance and interference hunting in new 5G bands.

Blog posts

5G NR network rollout is now – let’s test!

The 5G NR standard (3GPP Release 15) contains a high degree of flexibility in radio parameters which complicates network measurements. However, Rohde & Schwarz has already conducted measurements in pre-commercial 5G NR trial networks with our commercially available 5G NR network measurement solution. We gained interesting insights into the new technology’s performance, capabilities and frequency bands.

This is part four of our 5G blog post series.

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5G: First independent 5G test network benchmark study

Signals Research Group relies on the prototype measurement system designed by Rohde & Schwarz to meet the aggressive timeline of early 5G adopters. In a Verizon Wireless 28 GHz trial network R&S®TSMA autonomous drive test scanners were used to collect downlink performance metrics for the beam reference signals (BRS), including RSRP, CINR, RSRQ, PCI, etc.

This is part three of our 5G blog post series.

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5G: Initial 5GTF coverage measurements

The US operator Verizon Wireless targets fixed wireless access (FWA) in the 28 GHz frequency band. Together with partners, they created a pre-5G specification called 5G Technical Forum (5GTF). For the required signal quality and 5G coverage measurements, Verizon Wireless relied on our prototype measurement backpack solution.

This is part two of our 5G blog post series.

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5G: The role of mobile network testing on the path to 5G

Long before commercial 5G services are even available, a myriad of articles, reports, presentations and speeches have been made public – creating a big buzz and high expectations surrounding the new standard. What’s the role of mobile network testing on the path to 5G? How can scanner measurements help operators pave the way to the next generation of mobile networks?

This is part one of our 5G blog post series.

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Webinar: EMF measurements – THE prerequisite to deploy 5G

Webinar: EMF measurements – THE prerequisite to deploy 5G

Watch this webinar, that compares two competing measurement techniques for EMF measurements, discusses their pros and cons and provides example measurements from the field.

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Synchronization of 5G TDD networks - theory

Video: Synchronization of 5G TDD networks - theory

Have you ever considered synchronizing the 5G base stations of operators? This video shows the importance and benefits of synchronizing the gNodeBs of one operator operating in TDD mode and explains how the synchronization of all operators’ gNodeBs affects measurement results.

Synchronization of 5G TDD networks - demo

Video: Synchronization of 5G TDD networks - demo

The need for synchronized 5G TDD networks between operators is underestimated. In this video, we explain how to measure the synchronization of 5G networks and discuss the results from measurements in commercial 5G networks conducted with the R&S®ROMES4 real-time analysis software.

5G network interactivity test

Video: 5G network interactivity testing

With the interactivity test, operators can measure the fundamental 5G network performance characteristics of latency, throughput and availibility and derive network quality for real-time applications like eGaming and AR/VR in a single integrated test.

Webinar: 5G network quality validation – today and the future

This webinar uses real measurements from the first commercial deployments of 5G to analyze the true performance and quality of 5G networks, examine its ability to support defined use cases and take a forward look to the emergence of a more reactive, reliable and higher capacity network able to support demanding use cases.

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Webinar: Ensure successful 5G site testing and acceptance

This on-demand webinar uses a real case study from the first pervasive 5G network in Europe to examine the importance of site acceptance testing. Learn about essential KPIs, test techniques using state of the art tools and real 5G field measurement results.

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Interview: Quality of Experience in 5G?

Interview: Quality of Experience in 5G?

Rohde & Schwarz MNT already hold a reference position in the market for measuring QoE of mobile networks. The emergence of 5G brings new use cases and services. Hanspeter Bobst (Vice President R&S MNT) discusses with The Mobile Network on MWC2019 how QoE in 5G will be different and that test approaches have to be adapted.

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Webinar: Prepare your spectrum for 5G deployment

5G NR will be rolled out predominantly in new spectrum. Prior to deployment, operators need to ensure the radio environment is free from interference by conducting spectral clearance and interference hunting. This webinar highlights a robust approach to prepare the spectrum and shares real field data at 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz.

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Webinar: 5G NR network deployment is now - let’s test!

This webinar considers how to ensure efficient and predictable 5G NR rollout, identifies the technical fundamentals and defines a test approach to deliver the required network performance. Real 5G NR network measurement results of coverage and operation of beamforming from a pre-commercial field trial are shared.

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Mobile network testing worlds first 5G NR network measurement solution

World’s first 5G NR network measurement solution

This video shows the recently launched 5G NR network measurement solution that consists of a network scanner and the ROMES software for real-time analysis and network optimization.

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Mobile network testing 5G NR measurements ssb beamforming video

How does SSB beamforming work in field?

This video discusses how beamforming for synchronization signals and broadcast channels works in 5G NR. It contains a replay of real field data collected in a pre-commercial 5G NR network trial.

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Videos – demystifying 5G

Demystifying 5G – How a 5G UE accesses the 5G network

The video explains the 5G-LTE dual connectivity, how a 5G phone accesses the 5G network and shows the measurement software to follow the process.


Demystifying 5G – How fast is 5G in commercial networks?

The video shows data throughput measurements of a 5G router (connected to ROMES) and a 5G phone (with QualiPoc Android) in mmwave 5G networks with 4 times 100MHz bandwidth.


Demystifying 5G – Backpack for simultaneous 5G NR and LTE coverage measurements

The video introduces a compact backpack that is ideal to perform simultaneous network measurements of 5G NR in mmWave and sub 6 GHz frequencies.


Demystifying 5G – Concept of SSB beamforming in mmWave frequencies

The video explains the concept of synchronization signal blocks (SSB), how SSB beamforming works in sub 6 GHz and mmWave frequencies and how many different beams can be realized by the network infrastructure.


Demystifying 5G – Simultaneous coverage measurements on LTE and 5G NR at 28 GHz

The video demonstrates the simultaneous measurement of 5G NR signals in the mmWave frequency range at 28 GHz and LTE in sub 6 GHz using a single network scanner in a 5G backpack for coverage and beamforming tests.


Demystifying 5G – Frequency settings in 5G NR

The video provides insights into the channel raster and synchronization raster in 5G NR in order to explain how to perform coverage measurements for 5G non-standalone and standalone mode.


Demystifying 5G – Automatic channel detection (ACD) measurement for 5G NR

The video demonstrates how the automatic channel detection (ACD) option eases 5G coverage measurements even in the mmWave frequency range.


Demystifying 5G - How to flexibly measure multiple SSB transmissions

The video demonstrates how to measure all synchronization signal blocks (SSBs) in different frequencies with all SSB indices.


Demystifying 5G - 5G NR network measurements at 3.5 GHz

The video demonstrates how to perform 5G NR network measurements at 3.5 GHz. In the example shown, the R&S®SMW200A vector signal generator generates a 5G NR signal


Demystifying 5G - How does 5G NR devices identify the network?

Learn how a UE is identified to be “5G NR capable” via an LTE base station and is informed where to search for a 5G NR base station (gNB) signal.


Demystifying 5G – Configuring a 5G NR network measurement setup

This video explains how easy it is to configure the R&S®TSME6 network scanner.


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