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Wireless testing will revolve around M2M and LTE, says Frost & Sullivan

Steve Rogerson
May 6, 2015

Developments in wireless communications test equipment will revolve around LTE, M2M communications and the need for products that can be easily deployed across the live network infrastructure, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Wireless communications serve as a focal point for business development, and wireless test equipment end users such as network operators as well as service providers foresee significant opportunities in M2M communications and LTE network infrastructure technologies.

Analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that while North America continues to offer significant opportunities for wireless communications testing and monitoring vendors, Asia-Pacific is fast evolving into a hotbed for growth. The study is based on a survey of wireless test equipment customers, including network operators, network equipment manufacturers, contractors, and telecoms and wireless consulting firms. 

"While M2M and the internet of things are here to stay, the challenges associated with incorporating them are quite unique and therefore require inventive solutions for testing at every stage of the life cycle," said Frost & Sullivan measurement and instrumentation research analyst Rohan Joy Thomas. "Respondents rated interoperability as the most significant challenge, and one that will be compounded by the proliferation of M2M communications and heterogeneous networks."
Innovative methods are also necessary to tackle issues stemming from the implementation of small cells, distributed antenna systems, big data analytics, self-optimising networks (SONs), cloud computing and virtualisation. With end users trying to bridge the gap between network monitoring capabilities and R&D, products that effectively bring field test capabilities closer to the lab environment will gain traction.
"Despite imminent difficulties, respondents noted that they expect a substantial rise in the deployment of SONs, big data analytics, virtualisation, software-defined networks and cloud computing by 2021," said Thomas. "Cloud computing, in particular, will surge ahead as end users look to further optimise IT operations in the global market."
These end-user insights regarding suitable equipment and product features for their testing needs can be leveraged by testing and monitoring equipment vendors by customising equipment to end-user requirements and proactively meeting demand.