Regardless of which LPWAN technology an operator chooses, all must ensure their networks can support millions of active connections and generate revenue from the IoT. Testing this future scenario and building the required a real-life environment is possible using RAN-to-core validation equipment. Operators are breaking down the traditional vertical telecoms silos, disaggregating the network core and converging RAN and core network functions at the edge of the network.
At MWC 2018 VIAVI demonstrated the impact of NB-IoT smart meters in real-time working mobile network environment. The company was able to emulate smart meter devices to validate the capability and performance of the mobile network when flooded with massive amounts of connections and data. Testing LPWAN technology against real world uses cases is crucial before commercialisation of the networks. It can help operators ensure their networks will be able to perform to high levels, whilst remaining secure.
As the IoT expands, testing too can be scaled up, without the cost and complexity of having to add additional hardware or physical end-points. Assuring service quality – as well as ensuring that networks are robust enough to handle the IoT – is an essential first step on the route to a connected future.