To greatly streamline and reduce the cost of rolling out new wireless technologies, emulation provides an exact digital replica of a real network or part thereof. Emulation software allows for all or a part of a real network to be replaced by a counterpart representation in software form. Emulation is a faithful representation of the system being replaced that interfaces seamlessly with other networks.

This white paper describes what constitutes an exact digital replica, explains in technical terms the specific requirements of next generation wireless networks and how they translate into emulator requirements, and provide four use cases that demonstrate the need for highest fidelity network stand-ins.