Spirent and MFM establish 5G research network
Posted on 02 Dec 2019 and read 975 times
Spirent Communications plc — a provider of test, assurance and analytics solutions for next-generation devices and networks — has announced a significant expansion of its work with the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick via the Midlands Future Mobility initiative.
MFM will work with Spirent (www.spirent.com
) to use 5G ‘digital twin’ technology in a drive-in simulator operated by WMG.
This will be the first emulated 5G stand-alone core network dedicated to researching next-generation mobile use cases — including connected automated mobility — in almost unlimited testing scenarios.
WMG associate professor Matthew Higgins said: “A full understanding of future 5G-enabled industries and how to ‘operationalise’ them for business and consumer usage is now possible in a safe and controlled environment, thanks to Spirent.
"We’ll be able to test with near-limitless potential — for instance, determining how an intelligent vehicle, drone or manufacturing robot will perform on a 5G network that millions of people are using at the same time.
"This is a near impossibility on today’s live 5G networks, which cannot give an accurate picture of the traffic to be expected years from now.”
MFM will be both a digital and real-world (480km of public roads) ecosystem serving as a springboard for scalable future mobility technologies and services.
Stephen Douglas, head of 5G Strategy at Spirent, said: “5G is rolling out across major cities globally, and nearly every industry wants to fast-track its ability to use these new networks.
“Understanding fully how 5G networks can be optimised through cost-effective testing and emulation is being made possible by MFM.
"We’re privileged to be working on this important initiative, which will keep the UK at the forefront of cutting-edge research for connected and automated mobility.”