During the visit, the task at hand was to continue the work initiated by Benetel, within the 5G base station, to test different configurations of the CU and DU elements, along with other components from various vendors. One crucial aspect of the testing involved MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology. MIMO combines signals and data streams from multiple antennas to enhance signal quality and data rates. For these tests, the lab utilized a MIMO 4x4 configuration in the downlink and MIMO 2x2 in the uplink.
New Test Cases for the i14y Lab
Michał Rymarz from Capgemini Poland recently visited the i14y Lab in Berlin to collaborate on the 5G base station setup of the lab's test setups. The lab is actively engaged in creating and executing test cases for individual testing, with a focus on ensuring the correct functioning of the implemented elements, including some vendor-specific components.
To stay ahead of the curve in telecommunications technology, testing labs like the i14y Lab are constantly striving to develop test specifications and reference implementations. The primary goal is to conduct meaningful and relevant tests that benefit all operators. By performing thorough and rigorous testing, the lab can ensure that equipment meets the necessary standards and is ready for deployment. This is particularly significant as 5G technology continues to roll out, driving the demand for high-speed and reliable connectivity.
Following the collaborative efforts, the lab successfully developed six new test cases in addition to leveraging existing test cases from the TIFG (Testing and Integration Focus Group). These test cases will be utilized by all consortium partners to assess the reliability and efficiency of their equipment. The continuous collaboration of all partners sheds light on the pivotal role of testing labs like i14y Lab in shaping the future of telecommunications technology and Open RAN.