Keysight Enables GCF Certification for 5G NR Standalone (SA) Mobile Devices

Keysight Technologies has announced that their 5G RF Conformance Toolset was used for 5G new radio (NR) standalone (SA) test cases by the Global Certification Forum (GCF), enabling the independent certification body to activate certification of 5G NR SA mobile devices based on 3GPP standards.

Keysight is the first company to submit a 5G NR SA TTCN-31 protocol conformance test case to 3GPP RAN52 using their 5G Protocol Conformance Toolset. This significant industry milestone supports mobile operators’ early 5G NR deployments using a new and independent end-to-end network architecture in sub-6GHz (frequency range 1 or FR1) spectrum. This also enables the delivery of new 5G use cases that require enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), low-latency, and ultra-high reliability capabilities.

Protocol and RF conformance tests are a key enabler for the chipset, device manufacturers and test labs to validate the performance of new 5G designs. Mobile operators and their ecosystems use Keysight's 5G network emulation solutions to validate new devices across sub-6GHz and mmWave frequency bands. Keysight's suite of 5G network emulation solutions leverages the company’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform to address device development workflow from early design to acceptance and manufacturing. These compact solutions support the device certification process and scale to facilitate mobile device verification, as well as certification across radio frequency (RF), radio resource management (RRM) and protocol.

Earlier this year, Keysight gained GCF approval for 5G NR non-standalone (NSA) mobile device certification. The latest GCF approval extends Keysight’s test case coverage for both NSA and SA mode, enabling designers to confidently evolve with the latest 5G NR specifications. Keysight’s 5G Conformance Toolset offers the industry's widest range of GCF 5G NR radio frequency SA test cases and frequency band combinations.

TTCN-3 (Testing and Test Control Notation version 3) is a core language that 3GPP uses to specify different types of reactive system tests over a variety of communication ports.

RAN5 is a workgroup within 3GPP that focuses on the specification of conformance testing at the radio interface for the User Equipment (UE).

Keysight’s industry-first 5G end-to-end design and test solutions enable the mobile industry to accelerate 5G product design development from the physical layer to the application layer and across the entire workflow from simulation, design, and verification to manufacturing, deployment, and optimization.