Anritsu ME7873L Becomes First GCF-approved RF/RRM Test System for Three Additional LTE-Advanced Band Combinations
ME7873L now Supports Certification of Carrier Aggregation Devices for Five Band Combinations Supporting North American, Japanese, and Korean Operators
Anritsu Company announces that it has achieved Global Certification Forum (GCF) approval of the ME7873L LTE RF/RRM Conformance Test System for three additional LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation (CA) band combinations. The new approvals increase the total offered on the ME7873L to five, including band combinations supporting North American, Japanese, and Korean operators, and further solidify Anritsu’s leadership position in LTE-Advanced CA device certification.
Approval of the ME7873L for the new band combinations was achieved by validating 80% of the Priority 1 RF/RRM test cases in GCF WI-162 for new band combinations, including 4-13, 1-18, and 1-26. These approvals build on previous approvals for band combinations 1-5 and 3-8, which were achieved in January 2014.
“Anritsu remains committed to provided leading-edge test solutions to the wireless device supply chain. The most recent GCF approvals for the ME7873L are examples of how Anritsu continues to meet the needs of each market segment. We intend to rapidly expand the number of GCF and PTCRB validations on the ME7873L LTE RF/RRM Conformance Test System and ME7834L Mobile Device Test Platform to support the industry in upcoming deployments of LTE-Advanced,” said Dr. Pete Alexander, Vice President and General Manager of Anritsu Company.
LTE-Advanced CA enables high-speed data rates that meet the goals mandated by IMT-Advanced (as specified by the International Telecommunication Union) while maintaining backward compatibility with 3GPP Release 8 and 9. LTE-Advanced CA also allows mobile operators with fragmented spectrum holdings to use those valuable resources more efficiently. Many operators worldwide plan to deploy CA, and rollouts in the Americas and Asia are in progress.
The ME7873L is a scalable GCF- and PTCRB-validated test system that enables certification of LTE devices to industry and carrier standards. Test coverage is available for 3GPP 36.521-1 (TX, RX, and Performance) and 36.521-3 (Radio Resource Management – RRM), as well as operator-specific RF and RRM tests. Support for both Frequency Domain Duplex (FDD) and Time Domain Duplex (TDD) LTE is now available, including a wide range of test cases from Release 8, 9, and 10.
Anritsu Company is the United States subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for more than 110 years. Anritsu provides solutions for existing and next-generation wired and wireless communication systems and operators. Anritsu products include wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital instruments as well as operations support systems for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu sells in over 90 countries with approximately 4,000 employees.