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Fifteen things you need to know about the spectrum rules for Private 5G networks in Canada

The Canadian government introduced new spectrum licensing rules through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), allowing private 5G networks, with licenses issued under a Non-Competitive Licensing (NCL) model.

The Current State of RAN Testing and Deployment Practices

Many operators rely heavily on emulation as part of a reasonable testing strategy. However, emulation, even when done at scale, doesn't accurately reflect the real-world environment and makes too many assumptions about network configuration that don't represent that operator's specific implementation.

How to Use Software Control to Automate RAN Testing for Advanced Mobility Scenarios and Log Analysis

To facilitate test automation each resource in the system is controlled by the orchestration layer and configured according to the scenario being tested. Here we're showing the 5G core, higher levels of RAN, the CU/DU splits, the RRUs, and the devices under test.

Examining How a Mirror Lab Can Replicate and Test Production 4G and 5G Networks Simultaneously

In this blog post we are going to review three configuration examples of lab architecture that mirror the production environment of a mobile network. The first is an operator who wants to be able to test their two-vendor 4G implementation in the lab, where each vendor uses two different configurations.

Part 2: How CI/CD methodologies can be applied to 5G RAN Testing and Deployment

With the advent of software-centric applications, CI/CD methodologies and continuous testing workflows were introduced to improve end-user applications and experiences. Could these same principles and methods be used to test things that are not virtual - like parts of 5G RAN?

Part 1: How 5G/O-RAN and cloud native architectures introduce new complexities for testing labs

Mobile networks are rapidly becoming more like IT networks and Mobile Network Operators will need to adapt their testing and deployment processes accordingly. Technologies like 5G and Open RAN present fundamentally new challenges and traditional testing approaches are no longer enough.

Why Carriers Need to Consider Replicating their Open RAN, 5G network in the Lab

The typical mobile network is more complicated today than ever before. More frequency bands are in use with different propagation characteristics, multiple radio access technologies used simultaneously, all to deliver an expanding list of innovative user services. This means combinations to test are expanding. How can operators adopt their testing and deployment processes to manage this change?

5G Standalone - What does the move to cloud mean for operators?

In July 2022, Acentury hosted a webinar "5G Standalone: What does the move to cloud mean for operators?" in collaboration with RCR Wireless News and Volt Active Data

Major External PIM Issues in Small Cell 5G Systems

The majority of voice and the data traffic on the cellular networks happens in buildings. Depending on the type of building, there can be a high density of the users at any given time, requiring some buildings to need significantly higher cellular capacity requirements than others.

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