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Anritsu LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System Earns GCF Approval for More than 80% of Cat-M1 Test Cases

4/08/2017

Assisting Fast-Track Cat-M1 Terminal Certification

Anritsu LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA

Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) is pleased to announce that the company's LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA earns GCF*1 approval for more than 80% of Cat-M1*2 RF Conformance Test Cases*3 for IoT communications.

[Certification Background]
Cat-M1 is an LTE standard defined in 3GPP Release 13*4. It is expected to see widespread use in various fields, such as smart meters, home security, freight tracking, automated point of sales, health-care equipment, etc., using LPWA*5 technologies developed for IoT. North-American operators have started deployment of Cat-M1 services followed by more rollouts in Japan, the EU, etc., during 2017. Although accelerating development of Cat-M1 devices seems likely, compatible interoperability between devices developed by different makers will become an issue. To resolve these problems, GCF requires standards conformance tests using GCF-certified test cases. One condition for starting certification is that the measurement instrument maker must obtain at least 80% certification for its conformance test cases.
In April this year, Anritsu became the first manufacturer to win Cat-M1 GCF certification for its LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA, which was soon followed by winning approval at the July 2017 GCF Meeting for additional new certified test cases.
As a result, Anritsu RF Conformance Test System test cases have now won better than 80% GCF certification for frequencies used in Japan, North America, and Europe.
Anritsu continues focusing its efforts on obtaining more GCF certifications for Cat-M1 conformance test cases with the intention of fast-tracking Cat-M1 device certifications.

[Product Outline]
The Cat-M1 RF Conformance test cases are software tools for Anritsu's previously released LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA; installing these newly released test cases in the ME7873LA supports tests ensuring that Cat-M1 device RF TRx characteristics and performance are in compliance with the 3GPP standards.

[Technical Terms]
*1: GCF (Global Certification Forum)
Standards organization for defining verification test standards for network operations and mobile terminals to ensure global interoperability of mobiles. GCF-approved measurement systems and measurement items guarantee that test performance (measurement procedure and accuracy) meets the requirements for mobile terminal verification systems.

*2: Cat-M1
IoT communications category implementing low power consumption by limiting download communications speed to 1 Mbps by controlling 1.4-MHz waveband.

*3: RF Conformance Test Cases
Tests for confirming mobile-unit TRx characteristics, performance, etc., in compliance with 3GPP standards.

*4: 3GPP Release 13
3GPP abbreviation for Third Generation Partnership Project international standards organization releasing sequentially numbered standards for mobile telephone systems; Release 13 covers standards related to Cat-M1 and NB-IoT. Like Cat-M1, NB-IoT uses an extremely narrow frequency bandwidth of 180 kHz to hold speeds at 100 kbps for IoT applications.

*5: LPWA Technology
Technology for implementing wide-area communications at low power.

For further information please contact:
Anritsu Pte Ltd
11, Chang Charn Road
#04-01 Shriro House
Singapore 159640
Tel : 65-62822400
Fax :65-62822533
E-mail : sales.acsg@anritsu.com

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