Anritsu has submitted the first Protocol Conformance Tests defined by TS38.523 to the 3GPP RAN5 working group for approval. These tests are based on mmWave (FR2) path for 5G New Radio (NR), Non-Standalone (NSA) mode devices. Anritsu successfully passed the test cases using the ME7834NR Protocol Conformance Test Platform in conjunction with a Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family from Qualcomm.
Verification of Protocol Conformance Tests by RAN5 is an important milestone, as it is a pre-requisite to validation of tests by certification bodies - Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PCS Type Certification Board (PTCRB). This achievement helps the mobile industry expedite device approvals in preparation for the roll out of the 5G ecosystem starting from 2019. With the ME7834NR, engineers will have greater confidence in device performance by ensuring 5G NR product designs comply with 3GPP standards.
The ME7834NR is a test platform for 3GPP-based Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier Acceptance Testing (CAT) of mobile devices incorporating Multiple Radio Access Technologies (RAT). It supports 5G NR in both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) mode, in addition to LTE, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), LTE-A Pro, and W-CDMA. When combined with Anritsu's new OTA chamber MA8171A and RF converters, the ME7834NR covers the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G frequency bands.