Keysight Demonstrates Industry’s First Test Solution for NB-IoT

Keysight Technologies and CommSolid have successfully demonstrated the completion of a NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) connection with the Keysight E7515A UXM base station emulator and wireless test set during Vodafone’s Innovation Days 2016. Establishing a Cat-NB1 device link was the result of a collaboration between Keysight and CommSolid. The Keysight UXM is the world’s first wireless test set to demonstrate connectivity with an NB-IoT device that complies to the standards.

NB-IoT has been designed to enable the transfer of small amounts of data over long periods of time, with simplified, less expensive hardware and greater coverage. The modules for this technology have to be reliable and offer ultra-low power operation for long battery life. The RF design performance of up to 200,000 devices in one cell must ensure network longevity. NB-IoT will be the first step into 5G networks.

The UXM network emulation platform allows designers to optimize IoT designs for critical performance attributes like power consumption, RF performance and interoperability by simulating the real world in the lab.