R&S Evaluates Location Based Performance on Mobile Devices Using the 5G Network

Rohde & Schwarz and  Qualcomm worked together to conduct and verify an A-GPS control-plane LPP test session over 5G NR using a device powered by the Snapdragon X55 5G modem and Qualcomm RF Front-end solutions. The device was able to successfully establish a 5G non-standalone (NSA) connection and then perform GPS fixes according to 3GPP requirements.

Location determination technologies play a critical role in today’s commercial mobile wireless devices. As services become more personalized, LBS (Location Based Services), are expected to play an even bigger role in 5G. Given its importance, along with the introduction of new satellite location technologies in mobile phones such as modernized GPS (L5) and GALILEO, it is critical that LBS performance of mobile devices is verified extensively in a lab environment before commercial launch.

The R&S TS-LBS Test System, which consists of the R&S CMX500 and R&S CMW500 radio communication testers and the R&S SMBV100B vector signal generator, covers 3GPP conformance and network operator test plans for 5G NR, LTE, WLAN, WCDMA and GSM location based services. Test coverage includes all minimum performance and protocol tests, which can easily be extended to cover R&D-level control testing or VoNR E911 in 5G NR Standalone mode.

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