Unrelenting growth in mobile data traffic compels extensive testing by service providers

Date: Wed, 07/15/2015 - 18:42 Source: Frost & Sullivan press room

Uptake of communications test equipment will grow further due to LTE, LTE-A, 5G and IoT, finds Frost & Sullivan
Unrelenting growth in mobile data traffic compels extensive testing by service providers PHOTO / telecomkh.com
Explosive growth in mobile data consumption is placing tremendous strain on providers’ networks and information management systems, fuelling demand for communications test equipment. This trend will stay strong as the number of consumers utilizing their mobile devices to surf the Web, make payments and use entertainment services is only rising. Social networking traffic and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication are further driving data usage. During the next five years, M2M traffic is anticipated to exceed that of social networking as connected devices and sensors grow beyond 50 billion.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Communications Test Equipment Market Outlook, reveals that the total communications test equipment market will be worth $16.2 billion by 2021. Long-term evolution (LTE), LTE-advanced (LTE-A), Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G are the technologies that will generate strong opportunities for market participants.
LTE and LTE-A continue to make inroads into the global communications market, primarily due to the numerous benefits these technologies offer. While LTE’s peak downlink speed can hit 300 megabits per second (mbps), LTE-A is theoretically capable of reaching 1 gigabit per second. Moreover, LTE’s highest uplink rate is 75 mbps, whereas LTE-A’s is 500 mbps. The complexity of the test features required is high and test equipment vendors must meet these needs while keeping solutions user-friendly, low-priced, and catering to both new and old standards.
Communications test equipment vendors will also have to provide for 5G, which will bring IoT to life. IoT is expected to make everything better, faster and more efficient, whether it is the automated testing of consumer devices, the designing, prototyping, deploying and monitoring of industrial systems or the development of next-generation wireless communications.
“As consumers use more bandwidth-hungry applications, operators are investing in faster transmission links,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Program Manager Olga Yashkova. “This means that operators require monitoring tools to deal with constantly increasing end-user demands.”
The challenge is that mobile users are always connected and moving across different networks. They expect applications to work seamlessly when they log on to the 3G network and also need information received from these different networks to be correlated.
“As such, secure and complex testing capabilities are vital to keep pace with the proliferation of smart phones, network expansion and upgrades to 3G and LTE,” noted Yashkova. “Testing will be crucial for communications service providers to ensure a positive end-user experience, prevent customer churn and improve the overall quality of mobile devices and network performance.”
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