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Expanded LTE Measurement Solutions

2012/7/18

Launch of New MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer Supporting Evaluation of Band22/Band42/Band43 LTE Mobiles.

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Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) has announced the rollout of its new MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer with extended functions as the ideal measurement solution for evaluating LTE FDD Band22*1 and LTE TDD Band42/43*2 LTE smartphones and mobile terminals using the new 3-GHz band operating frequency. 

The MT8820C supports all mobile communications technologies including LTE and is a popular measurement solution with terminal makers worldwide developing and manufacturing smartphone and mobile terminals. It is composed of a range of dedicated measurement hardware and software installed in the MT8820C main unit to support communications technologies including LTE, W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, GSM, etc., for evaluating smartphone and mobile terminal TRx call-processing functions. 

With this release, the new MT8820C now supports both previous mobile technologies plus the new LTE FDD Band22 (3.4 to 3.6 GHz) and LTE TDD Band42/43 (3.4 to 3.8 GHz) frequencies used by LTE smartphones and mobiles (communicating with base station simulator at TRx call-processing evaluations). 

The 3-GHz band allocated to LTE FDD Band22 and LTE TDD Band42/43 assures a continuous wide frequency band*3 (3-GHz band: 100 MHz, 700 MHz to 2.7 GHz: 10 MHz to 20 MHz) compared to the 700 MHz to 2.7 GHz band currently used by LTE services. As a result, its introduction is being examined by the world's communications carriers because it can transfer 5 to 10 times more data, helping solve congestion problems caused by the current rapid increases in mobile data traffic. 

Anritsu hopes the MT8820C with expanded support for LTE FDD Band22 and LTE TDD Band42/43 will help smooth the introduction and spread of mobile broadband services using LTE smartphones and mobile terminals. 

*CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA-USA). 

[Development Background]

The explosive growth of smartphones and tablets is driving expanded use of high-speed LTE mobile services matching the high speeds of FFTH. At the same time, increasing use of rich-content services, such as video streaming and graphics, is creating social issues resulting from the rapid increases in mobile traffic. 

Consequently, LTE service providers are examining introduction of LTE FDD Band22 and LTE TDD Band42/43 using the 3-GHz frequency band, which can handle 5 to 10 times more data traffic than conventional bands. This is expected to result in increased future demand for measuring instruments for mass production of LTE smartphones and terminals supporting this band. 

Anritsu's MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer is a popular leader in this field and this new release expands its functions to support the new 3.4 to 3.8 GHz band and take a leading share of this market. Installing LTE measurement software in this MT8820C makes it easy to support evaluation of future LTE FDD Band22 and LTE TDD Band42/43 LTE smartphones and mobiles.

[Product Outline]

The new MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer supporting the 3-GHz band is a measurement platform for development and manufacturing of smartphones and mobile terminals. It is composed of a range of dedicated measurement hardware and software installed in the MT8820C main unit to support communications technologies including LTE, W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, GSM, etc., for evaluating smartphone and mobile terminal TRx call-processing functions. In addition, support for Anritsu's patented ParallelPhone® measurement option enables simultaneous measurement of two mobiles,  helping increase the efficiency of mobile production line testing.  

The upper RF*4 range of this new MT8820C has been increased from the previous limit of 2.7 GHz to 3.8 GHz to support evaluation of LTE FDD Band22 and LTE TDD Band42/43 LTE smartphones and mobiles.

Moreover, this option can be retrofitted to previously shipped MT8820C units.

*ParallelPhone is a registered trademark of Anritsu Corporation.

[Target Markets and Applications]

■ Target Markets: Smartphone and mobile terminal makers

■ Applications: Evaluating LTE FDD Band22 and LTE TDD Band42/43 LTE Smartphones and Mobile Terminals

[Terminology]

*1 LTE FDD Band 22

    Planned LTE FDD service frequency band covering 3.41 to 3.59 GHz

    LTE FDD uses different uplink (from terminal to base station) and downlink (from base station to terminal)

    frequencies, permitting simultaneous transmission in both directions. 

*2 LTE TDD Band42/43

    Planned LTE TDD service frequency band covering 3.4 to 3.6 GHz for Band42 and 3.6 to 3.8 GHz for Band43

    LTE TDD switches the same frequencies for uplink (from terminal to base station) and downlink (from base

    station to terminal) rapidly at very short time intervals to transfer data and is expected to be used by carriers

    in China and India. 

*3 Frequency Bandwidth

    Frequency range of electrical signals and radio waves

    Wider frequency bands can transfer more data at one time, supporting faster communications speeds.

*4 RF: Radio Frequency

    Part of electromagnetic spectrum used for wireless communications

 

About Anritsu

Anritsu Corporation is 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.

For more information, visit www.anritsu.com

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