Telenor launches IoT test lab

Telenor launches IoT test lab

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By Nick Flaherty

Scandi telecoms operator Telenor has opened a test lab in Karlskrona, Sweden, to help customers understand how connected IoT products behave before deployment.

The Telenor IoT Test Lab has a Faraday radio cage tuned specifically for testing of different networks and provides access to the four Nordic Telenor operators, Telenor Sweden, Telenor Norway, DNA (Finland) and Telenor Denmark in one location.

The lab has advanced steering and control systems allowing control of the available operator, access technology and even signal levels, allowing simulation of most network scenarios in a controlled and repeatable way.

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This follows the launch of IoT Complete this time last year, a first of its kind end-to-end connectivity IoT service. The single subscription from Telenor allows enterprises to connect IoT devices globally with a configuration only approach. The subscription includes connectivity hardware, mobile connectivity, cloud integration and end-user applications, all managed through a single portal and set of APIs.

Testing is an important component for any development project, and in cellular IoT it is crucial to be confident the device will be reliable in as many different environments and conditions as possible before it’s shipped. With thorough IoT device testing before deployment customers can reduce time to market, improve test coverage and find issues early – to prevent costly troubleshooting later when massive number of products have already reached the market.

Since the early days of IoT many new and advanced connectivity technologies have been developed, for example LTE-M, NB-IoT and 5G providing enhanced coverage, improved energy consumption, and data throughput. However, the new features also add complexity and more scenarios where profiling and tuning of settings are required to extract the optimum performance for the customer’s specific use case.

Testing is always tailored to each customer’s individual needs and can be carried out either on-site or remotely by sending devices to the Telenor IoT test manager. Telenor is also able to offer automated long-term testing.

In addition to technical capabilities Telenor offers experienced test managers to provide support in planning the tests, analyzing test results, and providing solution suggestions for any issues that might arise during the testing.

Typical test scenarios include the radio signal where the device disconnect from the network, how the device behaves if the primary network temporarily disappears and does it switch to another technology or operator and how fast does it recover.

The lab also looks at whether the device follow the GSMA recommendations regarding efficiency guidelines, how energy efficient the device is in various network conditions and signal strengths and how will the device handle different roaming scenarios.


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