As DT is reaching NB-IoT nationwide coverage in Germany and other NATCOs across its European footprint, often questions are asked about the actual performance of NB-IoT network.
How many device can attach to the network simultaneously? How much time do devices needs to attach to the network? what is the maximum data rate than can be achieved by a device? What are the limitations of network that will influence my use case? What is the maximum load capacity the network can handle?
Today we cannot give satisfying answers to above questions, but we will be able to answer all of these questions soon. We are aware about the importance of those questions and thus planned a Load test with the help of a specially designed load generator by SODAQ.
We will test the performance first in a closed lab environment to have better optimization possibilities and more control over various parameters. Later on the load test will be executed in the live network under real conditions.
Load generator is a box consisting of 10 NB-IoT communication modules, which are controlled by a master controller that collects results and send configuration to those 10 modules.
There are 20 boxes in total, allowing us to generate load from 200 communication modules simultaneously.
All boxes are configurable via dashboard, giving possibility to apply individual test sequence to individual boxes. Dashboard also reflects the measurement taken from each box in different form of graphs, making it easier for us to do the analysis of network Performance.
Several test cases have been planned to be executed. (e.g below)
• Attaching 10 devices first, then increasing the number to 20, 30, 40, 50….100, 200
• Starting data traffics of 10,20…100,200 bytes
All test cases will be executed in different combination to test the network capacity.
Time plan for Load tests:
• Q3 Lab network testing
• End of Q3/Q4 Live network testing
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