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.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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