Vivo has launched its own communications network lab in Dongguan, China. The company’s significant investment, coupled with the support of the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology, allowed the construction to be completed at a rapid pace.
Thanks to the established 5G infrastructure, including base stations and a core network, the laboratory’s capacities allow the flexibility to configure and simulate the variable frequency ranges of commercial 5G / 4G networks. As a result, a large number of complex tests can be performed in the laboratory, avoiding the need to search for climatic conditions or a suitable location.
Simulating extreme conditions such as weak signal, crowded streets or high-speed traffic is also part of the laboratory’s functionality, allowing vivo smartphones to be tested and performed with high performance in any situation.
In addition to testing operation in different weather conditions in the vivo laboratory, modulation of various modes of operation of the smartphone is possible, for example: gameplay, video call or live broadcast. The tests are based on a comprehensive observation method with detailed analysis of data for product optimization.
The laboratory provides comprehensive support in all areas: from basic communication protocols to user interaction. For example, by proposing battery test models to improve power consumption on different networks and in different scenarios. The lab is closely monitoring new communication technologies to adapt smartphones to 5G technology standards, including 5G NR Release 16, so that vivo users will be among the first to take advantage of the new technologies.
By following a user-centered strategy, the lab enables vivo smartphones to adapt to challenging network environments. Thousands of engineering prototypes are tested during research and development for each product.
To test the reliability of the system, a large-scale program for testing the stability of the network connection was created in the laboratory, during which the company conducts detailed and in-depth studies of each smartphone: more than 4 thousand hours of stress tests for uninterrupted power supply of the device, more than 1,000 hours of checking the quality of data transmission and more than 10 thousand incoming and outgoing calls.
Going forward, the company will continue to increase its investments in fundamental technologies. “With a user-centric focus, vivo is committed to four long-term strategic areas of imaging, operating system, industrial design and performance, with a commitment to delivering high quality products and services that best meet user needs,” said Jingcai Liu, General Manager of Testing Technologies and Reputation Management at vivo.