5G Measurements with Qosium

Qosium is being utilized in 5G research to study the real performance of the new technology.

September 7th, 2017

5G hype has been up for years now. It’s expected that wireless communications will be revolutionized with the new technology. Maximum data rates will grow substantially compared with the current values of LTE technology, reaching even gigabits per second. Another major enhancement relates to latencies. Latencies are said to be even in the order of 1 millisecond. This low latencies will enable new application scenarios and utilizing wireless communications in more critical industrial cases, for example, controlling mission-critical operations remotely. 5G will make it possible to replace fixed connections and dedicated wireless technologies with a unified wireless solution. On the consumer side, 5G is visioned to enable real-time remote existence through virtual reality. Latency, like other QoS measures, have always been essential factor among the professionals of wireless communications. However, in the context of 5G, latency and its impact have given much public visibility in the generic media.

Qosium has been utilized in 5G research in laboratory environments. However, its importance has grown recently when 5G is taken to real tests on field. Qosium reveals the true performance of 5G in a way how applications and end-users experience it. For example, it allows verifying that do the latencies remain in the 1 millisecond magnitude, or is there some unexpected variation affecting applications. Among others, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, being an active member in the 5G topic, uses Qosium in their 5G research and development efforts.