Making 5G Testing Simple With Network Digital Twins

Making 5G Testing Simple With Network Digital Twins

Enterprise Networking Mag | Thursday, May 12, 2022

The network digital twins technology assists in evaluating the performance and behavior of 5G cellular networks.

Fremont, CA: 5G wireless technology promises a revolution in communications with vastly greater data transfer rates, huge capacity growth, enhanced dependability, and much reduced latency. Using 5G-enabled communications, many apps, and services that will influence nearly every industry and require network testing are being introduced. Testing 5G networks are difficult and will certainly grow more difficult as the number of wireless devices increases. Testing 5G networks are essential for comprehending, securing, and assuring the resilience of network operations. Prior to network implementation, network testing, modeling, and analysis provide a cost-effective and convenient means to get measurements in real-time.

Making 5G Testing Simple With Network Digital Twins

A network digital twin is a computer simulation model of a communication network, including its operating environment and application traffic it transports. The physical counterpart's behavior can be studied using the digital twin under various operating scenarios, including cyber-attacks.

Adopting a network digital twin saves recurrent expenses and lead times while also making analysis, testing, and optimization more efficient. The architecture offers low-cost, lab-based testing of a large number of 5G networks with a minimal hardware footprint, lowering the risk of fielding rapidly changing network devices and programs. The capacity of the network digital twin to respond exactly like a live network can aid with cybersecurity testing and defending networked systems against developing cyber attacks.

Given the complexity of most 5G networks, developing a digital twin that precisely reflects an existing physical network's structure, configuration, and traffic can be difficult. Without a precise digital twin that depicts their whole network at scale, they risk communications not working as expected in the real world or a cyber compromise. Network planners must be able to react to changing traffic and resource needs, as well as protocol and technology changes. They can't afford to make a mistake with their network configuration, which could be costly and limit optimization.

Cyber attacks on the 5G network can be mitigated through the use of digital twins. They can also be used to integrate new technologies into an existing network. The user may see how the technologies will interact, run tests, assess the findings, and, most importantly, assist in decreasing risk and assuring network security.

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