After years of research and testing, 5G wireless networks are being deployed in cities around the world. Leveraging mmWave frequencies well above the bands used before, 5G wireless promises rapid speeds, wide bandwidths, near real-time latency, and extremely high capacity.
However, these high-frequency signals create unique challenges for mobile operators, RF equipment providers, researchers, and RF engineers conducting analysis in the field. Deploying and optimizing 5G networks will require more extensive testing, propagation analysis, and coverage mapping to ensure performance. RF interference or other sources of disruption must be quickly identified and resolved, while ongoing remote monitoring and drive tests are needed to maintain reliable connectivity for users.