Cobham Wireless adds large-scale M2M device emulation feature to TM500 software
Written by: Laurence Doe | Published:

Cobham Wireless, a manufacturer of advanced wireless coverage and mobile communication systems, has announced that its TM500 network test system software has been upgraded to emulate tens of thousands of machine-to-machine devices (M2M).

The TM500 enables network operators and infrastructure vendors to validate 4G cellular network performance in preparation for deploying Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. It evaluates how networks are affected when large numbers of low-power, low-complexity, devices for M2M applications are connected to them.

The Cobham Wireless TM500 is used by infrastructure vendors to validate networks under realistic usage and loading scenarios. Using cellular networks to connect M2M devices offers the benefit of wide area coverage on an existing stable network.

"The main driver for MTC [Machine Type Communications] is the widely-publicised forecast that LTE networks will be used to support the development of the Internet of Things," said Phil Medd, senior technical product manager at Cobham Wireless. "With billions of non-speech devices expected to be connected over the next 10 years, it is crucial that network operators can optimise the current 4G networks to connect them, rather than needing to wait for the promised 5G capacity increase."

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