Test challenges of modern day networks

May 16, 2016 //By George Acris, Director of Marketing, Europe, Microlease
Contemporary society is heavily fixated on the transfer, manipulation and sharing of large quantities of data. As a consequence of this, exacting pressures are starting to be placed upon existing communication infrastructure. There are 2 questions that now need to be asked. Firstly, can the network resources being made available keep pace with our seemingly unquenchable thirst for more and more bandwidth? Secondly, what are the test implications going to be?

Numerous factors are contributing to the elevated data volumes being witnessed, calling for a ramp up of capacity and increased test activity. Alongside these, a number of industry trends are beginning to appear that will mandate more sophisticated test procedures.

IoT deployment

Internet of Things (IoT) is only just starting to emerge, but the activity around it is certain to ramp up very rapidly. It seems certain that IoT will have a major effect on how M2M communication is executed, with a wide range of different sectors benefitting from this technology. Via IoT more effective factory automation, building access, smart metering, surveillance, home appliance and countless other systems will be made possible.

Big data

Here the desire to analyses and process more and more data means that greater quantities of it need to be handled. This can then be used for all sorts of task such as predictive modelling or the optimizing of system performance. The compiling of these extensive data sets obviously calls for robust networks that can carry high capacities of data.

Exponential growth in mobile data

Though mobile communication was originally voice centric, this can no longer be said to be the case. Projections recently made by ABI Research indicate that mobile data consumption will have reached a staggering 2,289 MBytes per month by 2019. The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that by 2020, around 70% of the global population will be using smartphones and that current data usage here in Europe and in North America will have increased six-fold. The accessing of videos, playing of online games, sharing of photos, use of over-the-top messaging apps, plus the growing popularity of location-based services are all adding to the data load that mobile networks and their supporting backbone networks need to carry.