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An engineer’s guide to testing mmWave equipment

01 August 2019

The race to win our hearts and minds is already underway by the marketing departments of the 5G cellular operators. Customer retention is a key metric for operators, and the opportunity to migrate existing customers and upsell them significantly enhanced network speeds is key to starting to recoup the infrastructure investments already made.

Customer adoption requires on-time deployments across the whole ecosystem, from handset to base station. Making 5G a practical reality, however, is down to the hard work of the global engineering teams, standards committees and infrastructure manufacturers who have been working towards this for many years. 

RF engineering has always been considered a specialist skill, attempting to tame a technology that doesn’t always do as expected; a task that has become even more involved with the advent of 5G and the new architectural approach to communications that it relies on. Achieving the data rates mandated by the 3GPP standards committees has required an evolutionary approach rather than iterative enhancements to the existing infrastructure. 

Read the full article in the August issue of DPA



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