Cobham Wireless, a global leader in the provision of advanced wireless coverage and mobile communication systems, has announced that the next generation of the TM500 network test system has the capability to emulate tens of thousands of Machine Type Communications (MTC) devices, sometimes known as M2M devices. This enables network operators and infrastructure vendors to validate 4G cellular network performance in preparation for deploying Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity.
Cobham Wireless, a global leader in the
provision of advanced wireless coverage and mobile communication
systems, has announced that the next generation of the TM500
network test system has the capability to emulate tens of thousands
of Machine Type Communications (MTC) devices, sometimes known as
M2M devices. This enables network operators and infrastructure
vendors to validate 4G cellular network performance in preparation
for deploying Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity.
The next-generation TM500 can evaluate the
effect on the network of connecting large numbers of low-power,
low-complexity UEs (user equipment) for MTC applications.
Non-speech devices that will use MTC will include smart meters,
security cameras, environmental sensors, and a whole range of
industrial and commercial sensors and controllers. Unlike mobile
phones, MTC devices need to have an extended battery life of up to
ten years, low unit cost, and a low cost of deployment. Using
cellular networks to connect MTC devices offers the benefit of wide
area coverage on an existing stable network.
"The main driver for MTC is the
widely-publicised forecast that LTE networks will be used to
support the development of the Internet of Things," said Phil Medd,
Senior Technical Product Manager at Cobham Wireless. "With billions
of non-speech devices expected to be connected over the next 10
years, it is crucial that network operators can optimise the
current 4G networks to connect them, rather than needing to wait
for the promised 5G capacity increase."
The Cobham Wireless TM500 is already the
industry standard network test platform, used by all the major
infrastructure vendors worldwide to validate their networks under
realistic usage and loading scenarios. By continuing to innovate
when it comes to new 3GPP features, the TM500 continues to stay
ahead of market need, empowering network operators to prove network
performance under real-life usage conditions before the
availability of actual device hardware.
A live demonstration of the next-generation
TM500 network tester and a prototype IoT traffic generator for 5G
were both recently showcased at this year's Mobile World Congress
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