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Radio Communication Analyzer MT8821C Adds Support for Cat-M1/NB-IoT 3GPP-Defined RF Measurement and IP Data Transfer Functions

23/10/2017

Rollout of LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT Software Options for MT8821C

Radio Communication Analyzer MT8821C

Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) starts rollout on October 23, 2017 of the company’s LTE Category M1 Measurement Software MX882116C, LTE Category M1 IP Data Transfer MX882116C-006, NB-IoT Measurement Software MX882117C, and NB-IoT IP Data Transfer MX882117C-006 software packages adding LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT 3GPP-defined RF measurement tests as well as IP data transferring functions to its Radio Communications Analyzer MT8821C.

The MT8821C is an all-in-one tester incorporating RF TRx test functions for 3GPP/3GPP2 cellular terminals, and base-station simulation functions. The new software options offer the RF measurements defined in articles 6 and 7 of the 3GPP TS36.521-1 recommendations for LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT terminals. In addition, the eDRX and PSM low-power-consumption technologies are supported along with IP data transferring functions used by throughput measurement and function tests.

As the fast follow vendor to implement measurement solutions supporting the new LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT standards for IoT, Anritsu expects to play a key role in helping development and early deployment of IoT devices and services with wide-ranging applications in smart meters, smart factories, smart agriculture, etc.

[Development Background]
IoT devices are expected to have wide-ranging uses in fields such as smart meters, home security, freight tracking, automated vending machines, healthcare, etc. Two key requirements for IoT devices are low power consumption and wide area coverage, which are regulated by these LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT communications standards. The LTE Cat-M1 standard is currently entering service with North American carriers, and communications operators in Japan, Europe, etc., are expecting to start services during 2017. Moreover, the NB-IoT standard is entering service with European carriers, and operators in Japan, China, etc., are planning service rollouts. Both standards use LPWA technology and both low power consumption and stable performance are required in addition to these wireless communications functions.

Consequently, Anritsu has added these LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT wireless communications solutions to its MT8821C to speed development of IoT devices.

[MT8821C Product Outline]
The MT8821C is an all-in-one tester with built-in RF TRx test functions and base-station simulation functions for LTE/LTE-Advanced/LTE-Advanced Pro terminals; it supports tests of TRx characteristics while the terminal is communicating.
In addition, since the MT8821C can control the terminal by signaling it supports measurements directly without changes depending on the chipset, which cuts measurement environment setup costs.

[Key Features]

  • Supports all cellular technologies compliant with 3GPP/3GPP2 UE RF TRX tests including LTE/LTE-Advanced/LTE-Advanced Pro, Cat-M1/NB-IoT, W-CDMA/HSPA, GSM/EGPRS, TD-SCDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000 1X/1xEV-DO
  • Supports LTE-Advanced/LTE-Advanced Pro Downlink Carrier Aggregation:
    >5CCs SISO tests in one unit
    >2CCs 4x4 MIMO and 4CCs 2x2 MIMO tests in one unit
    >4CCs 4x4 MIMO and 6CCs 2x2 MIMO tests in two units
    >5CCs 4x4 MIMO tests in three units
  • Supports LTE-U/LAA
  • Supports VoLTE voice/video echoback tests
  • Supports up to 6 GHz
  • 160 MHz wide frequency bandwidth (both Tx and Rx)
  • Next generation GUI with large touch panel
  • Backwards compatibility with the MT8820 series

[Target Markets and Applications]

  • Target Markets: IoT-terminal and chipset manufacturers, communications operators
  • Applications: RF performance evaluation for LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT terminals

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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