The RF environment of cellular networks is currently going through a significant evolution. 5G is leveraging many more frequency bands than previous technologies. Higher frequencies, especially in the mmWave bands are driving a step increase in the number of sites, and technologies such as MIMO and beamforming require new approaches to designing and optimizing networks.
While 5G has added another technology layer to the network, engineering headcount has typically not increased in line with this network expansion due to cost pressures on the business and the general lack of available RF skills in the market. This means engineers are being asked to do much more in the same amount of time.
How can operators leverage automation, AI/ML and the Cloud to cope with the increased demands in testing and ensure the successful deployment and operation of their 5G network and how does active testing and service assurance fit in?