5G Performance Testing | Domestic Network Testing

Successful deployment and operation of 5G networks

5G rollouts are crucial for monetization and customer experience. However, this new radio technology, with new frequency bands, network slicing, virtualization features, and elaborate devices brings increased complexity and challenges in detecting, isolating, and solving service issues, especially in multi-vendor environments.

Mobileum’s SITE active end-to-end testing platform offers effective 5G Testing methods with Smartphones, Wireless Interfaces, and Core Network probes to deliver all the insights related to 5G service performance and quality of experience. Designed and optimized to test, monitor, troubleshoot, and benchmark 5G services 24/7 with scalability to evolve as 5G technology moves forward, our platform enables operators to achieve the highest data rates, stricter latency requirements, and extreme reliability.
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Validate 5G SA and NSA

Mobileum offers a comprehensive portfolio for end-to-end performance verification of any 5G network environment, ranging from 5G non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) to 5G fixed wireless access and 5G network slicing. We bring all of these factors together to allow our customers to get their share of the 5G market and ensure long-term commitment to their customers.

Using our unified approach to 5G testing, validation teams can create automated, reusable tests quickly and efficiently. Automation frees these teams to focus on creating comprehensive test suites, rather than performing manual tests.

5G core network testing

Mobileum’s Core Network Testing validates baseline 5G network performance over S1 (NSA), N2 or N3 interfaces using high frequency testing without the influence from radio conditions. It emulates control and user plane and has been designed for fast and flexible deployment in virtualization environments.

Our 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) testing uses eNB and gNB emulation over S1-U and S1C to verify 5G NSA service availability and performance, as well as data and VoLTE performance. Our 5G Standalone (SA) testing uses gNB emulation over N2/N3 interfaces and verifies 5G SA service availability and performance, and both data and voice (VoLTE/VoNR) performance.

Mobileum’ core network probes can be virtualized for Network Function Virtualization (NFV) environments (e.g. VMWare, OpenStack). Support for virtualization enables flexible deployments and allows operators to ensure virtualization has no impact on service performance.
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5G wireless module testing

Mobileum’s 5G wireless module is a robust and scalable solution to continuously test, monitor and benchmark 5G QoS for Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) deployments. Testing using wireless modules allows operators to pro-actively monitor 5G services and determine the performance of their 5G network in the key markets.

Our solution supports 5G NSA, 5G SA and LTE using various frequency bands to generate an extensive set of standard and additional 5G service KPIs, such as 5G radio, band, and bandwidth, network type, and restrict DCNR.

Mobileum’s 5G wireless test cases include:
  • Voice over New Radio (VoNR) and EPS Fallback
  • Ookla speedtest using the official Ookla client
  • Basic IP: DNS, FTP DL, HTTP Browser/PS, ping, traceroute, etc.
  • Data capacity and IP link metrics: HTTP / FTP DL multiple TCP capacity, iperf, traceroute MTR
  • YouTube
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Smartphone-based testing for 5G

  • QoE is key for the success of 5G. Smartphone Experience enables users to easily create and automate 5G tests on flagship smartphones to ensure 5G performance with insights into the subscriber experience.  The key benefits:
    • Fastest method to ensure 5G service performance
    • 5G throughput and latency validation
    • Basic services assurance, i.e. Voice Quality
    • EPS fallback performance measurement for voice services from VoNR to VoLTE
    • Validation of key features, such as dual connectivity
    • Enhanced audio detection for audio availability, sample length, and bandwidth
    • Video quality assurance (e.g. YouTube, Netflix, etc.)
    • SIM Mutiplexing to test SIM profiles or for benchmarking

Testing for 5G network slicing

Network Slicing is a key feature of 5G that utilizes virtualization capabilities to create logical networks with different performance characteristics. This allows operators to address various 5G use cases using the same underlying infrastructure. However, it also means that SLAs must be monitored and assured for each slice.

Mobileum’s 5G Slicing validation and monitoring solution can test both RAN and CN slicing at all stages, from slice instantiation, through its operation and up to decommissioning. It provides performance score cards per network slice, together with the ability to drill down to traces and detailed KPIs for analysis and troubleshooting. Pro-active alarming ensures that any degradation in slice performance is picked up before impact on service and business.

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Automation supporting CI/CD/CT

Mobileum’s Automation Framework (AF) can work standalone and be easily integrated into larger automation processes such as CI/CD/CT pipelines, where the addition of a continuous testing component is vital. To provide even more flexibility, AF works in tandem with the proven Mobileum's SITE testing scenarios using RESTful APIs that allow users to automate the system and extract data generated from periodic tests and automation tasks. AF allows users to:
  • Start automation tasks from a third-party system based on user input or automated process, e.g. after a SW upgrade
  • Pull data and result files from the SITE system
  • Integrate the SITE platform in their operational process, e.g. create chat-bots, performance monitoring web-application, etc.

Fixed wireless access (FWA) testing

Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is one of the 5G Use Cases that brings high-speed broadband to homes or offices through 5G enabled CPEs and provides an alternative to fixed line Internet access. Typically fixed line access is associated with high QoS and stability. To ensure the success of 5G FWA, the service must provide similar and even higher performance, while navigating the challenges of wireless operation.

Mobileum’s fixed wireless access (FWA) testing solution consists of an IP Testing Probe equipped with two 1Gbps LAN interfaces connected to the 5G CPE and the SITE Testing Platform for end-to-end testing using real data traffic with different QoS requirements. Mobileum’s FWA testing for 5G ensures:
  • Connectivity performance and network accessibility
  • Service integrity and data capacity
  • Quality of connection especially in areas where the gateway is behind low emissivity building materials
  • And measures traffic streams that originate from a WiFi client (non 3GPP), which may not be properly classified by the WiFi access point part of the CPE
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Validation of 5G Voice Services - VoNR

VoNR, or Voice over New Radio, is a 5G technology that replaces traditional voice services like circuit-switched and VoLTE. It uses 5G SA technology for high-quality voice services with low latency, but differs in flow-based QoS and Always-On PDU. Our testing methods include:
  • Wireless Modules (NR Uu)
  • Core Network Interfaces (N2N3)
  • Smartphone-based testing for QoE insights

These methods provide detailed KPIs, troubleshooting, and root-cause analysis for service quality. The VoNR Test Cases encompass E2E VoNR scenarios that validate all VoNR services. VoNR Testing via Call Establishment with additional voice quality measurements uses the POLQA algorithm.
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5G active E2E testing cloud

We understand that testing 5G networks can be almost as complex as designing the network itself. At the same time, one size fits all testing approach does not work for 5G.

To reduce our customers’ time-to-market and how results can be achieved, our QoS and QoE testing solutions are powered by our SITE platform, a fully cloudified global environment for end-to-end testing across 2G, 3G, LTE, IoT, and 5G networks. SITE has evolved over the last 30 years and includes an extensive range of test scenarios that can be rapidly leveraged by Communication Service Providers (CSPs) that want to make the most of 5G technology.
Leverage SITE for 5G

5G testing is part of MAS, a 360° service assurance solution

Mobileum Assurance Solution (MAS) is an intelligent platform that supports DevOps and CI/CD/CT, optimizes root cause analysis, enables operators to perform network upgrades and fully test new releases, automated as needed, in the lab, in the production network before deployment, and then to re-test them in the network to ensure quality and performance, avoiding glitches before any customer impact.

Our active testing platform SITE is part of MAS and supports 2G, 3G, LTE, IoT, and 5G, generating real-time traffic into domestic networks using probes strategically placed to provide geographical coverage and fault localization, flagging problems before impact, and emulating the real subscriber behavior. The use cases covered by SITE are Smartphone Testing, 5G Testing, IoT Testing, eSIM & RSP Testing, Emergency Services Testing, Video Testing, Voice Testing, Data Testing, and Messaging Testing.

6 key benefits of Mobileum’s 5G Performance Testing solution

Monitor the Real User Experience
Monitor the real User Experience
Device-based testing to test and monitor QoE, giving an insight into the performance as experience by the subscriber.
User-friendly scripting
User friendly Scripting
Prebuilt testing scenarios and flexible test scripting options to address a wide range of use cases.
Different 5G Test Methods
Different 5G Test Methods
Different complementary 5G test methods, ranging from Smartphones, Wireless Modules and Core Network Probes.
Pro-active Monitoring
Pro-active monitoring
Improve customer experience by detecting issues before they have a customer impact.
optimze 5G rollout
Optimize 5G Rollouts
Monitor the impact on services related to changes in the network.
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Track real-time performance

Our end-to-end active testing suite delivers meaningful KPIs that determine the real quality of mobile networks.

Our user-friendly dashboards provide customized views of the tests results. Moreover, the easy-to-use interface, allows users to generate their own reports to immediately pinpoint problems as they occur, observe trends and raise the awareness for potential network degradation indicators as they arise.

Real-time alarms allows operators and service providers to detect problems and take action before affecting customers. Leveraging Mobileum’s portfolio of solutions includes Roaming and Risk management tools for additional insights on roaming QoS and revenue assurance charging auditing based on QoS and QoE metrics.     
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Increase Risk Management analytics with proactive testing

The ability to create network slices with 5G is a key technical enabler for new business models. Valuable new business services for various technical and business purposes will be configured using these network slices, which enterprises may in turn monetize.

Each trigger condition (i.e. chargeable event) defined for the 5G data connectivity converged charging functionality needs to be linked with the associated behavior when they are met. Real-time processing, tagging, aggregation, and temporal correlation are part of our revenue assurance software monitoring capabilities to audit immediate and deferred chargeable events for 5G offline, converged online, and offline charging.
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