5G Fronthaul Network Testing Considerations White Paper

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Our latest White Paper explains why Ethernet impairment testing is crucial in deploying 5G fronthaul networks, and highlights the protocols that need particular attention when optimizing your equipment or application performance in 5G fronthaul networks.

5G networks offer lower latency, greater flexibility, and increased bandwidth compared to 4G technology. To deliver these improvements, 5G fronthaul networks use different hardware and newer versions of key networking protocols – such as eCPRI, PTP and SyncE.

While the new 5G technology delivers more versatile, scalable, and cost-effective networks, moving away from circuit-switched networks or leased lines means 5G fronthaul networks now need to handle impairment to the Ethernet traffic at the packet level.

As a result, Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs), Network Infrastructure Providers (NIPs) and Service Providers (SPs) need to do extensive 5G fronthaul testing to optimize the user experience. This means rigorously testing network impairment in the lab before the network is deployed, through impairment emulation, latency testing and jitter testing.

In this White Paper you will discover:

– Why is impairment testing so important for 5G fronthaul networks?
– The importance of repeatable, reliable lab testing.
– Why test network latency, test network jitter & test packet drop?
– What protocols need to be tested?
– How to test the impact of timing protocols?
– How to test all the impacts of 5G fronthaul impairment?
– How to ensure even the worst-case scenario delivers the right user experience?
– What capabilities should you expect from your test solution?

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