Transitioning to a 5G World: How Testing is Evolving to Meet Next-Generation RAN Performance Challenges


5G will bring about significant change in the way fiber-based fronthaul and radio access networks are built and operated. Managing change without impacting mobile network performance while keeping OPEX in check will be key to a successful transformation. In this podcast, we will delve into some of the challenges service providers may face and discuss how testing will support the 4G to 5G RAN evolution.   

Presented By: Sophie Legault, Director of T&D Business Unit, EXFO 
Sophie has a solid foundation in the telecommunications industry with 20 years of experience in product management, optical and data networks, and testing and monitoring solutions. Sophie leads the Transport & Datacom Business Unit at EXFO where she is responsible for the product portfolio strategy, product marketing and technology innovation. Prior to joining EXFO, she held various positions at Nortel Networks and Stentor, the once cross-country network operator for Canadian ILECs. Sophie holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montreal as well as an MBA from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal.  Email: 


EXFO develops smarter network test, monitoring and analytics solutions for the world’s leading fixed and mobile network operators, webscale companies and equipment manufacturers. EXFO’s unique mix of equipment, software and services helps to accelerate the digital transformations related to fiber, 4G/LTE and 5G deployments. Moreover, EXFO’s customers count on its expertise with automation, real-time troubleshooting and big data analytics, which are critical to their business performance. EXFO has spent over 30 years earning this trust, and today more than 2,000 employees in over 25 countries work side by side with customers in the lab, field, data center and beyond.

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