Ixia launches scalable LTE 5G test solution

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, has launched a new radio access network (RAN) test product, IxLoad LTE XAir2, specifically designed for service providers, equipment and chip-set makers, as well as enterprises developing LTE Advanced Pro (4.5G) and 5G-related products and services, the company said.

IxLoad LTE XAir2 combines scale and performance testing, with realistic subscriber emulation and quality of experience (QoE) validation, for applications and services. Additionally, IxLoad LTE XAir2 can be used for testing LTE on the unlicensed spectrum.

Service providers, equipment and chip-set makers, as well as enterprises, are beginning to develop products and services that leverage the opportunities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT). However, 5G presents unique technical challenges in terms of Wi-Fi and LTE-unlicensed spectrum. These challenges require a test solution capable of validating the performance, functionality, and QoE of both consumer and industrial 5G-related products and services, at scale.

Cellular networks evolving towards 5G still need to address the technical challenges posed by 4.5G, or LTE Advanced Pro. Complex scenarios involving features like Carrier Aggregation to increase bandwidth, 4×4 Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO), and 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) for downloads are cornerstones for providing customers a seamless transition and better quality experience.

IxLoad LTE XAir2 has been developed with these technical challenges in mind. It facilitates the realistic emulation of massive amounts of subscribers with multi-Gigabit over-the-top (OTT) traffic via the Internet, to help customers´ future proof their networks and devices.

Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy, and operate. Customers worldwide rely on Ixia to verify their designs, optimize their performance, and ensure protection of their networks to make their applications stronger.