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Anritsu and Spirent Develop World-first Solution for Evaluating 5G Video Quality


Allen, TX – March 22, 2021 – Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce availability of a new solution for evaluating video quality of 5G devices. This lab-based solution was developed in partnership with Spirent Communications plc (LSE: SPT) and leverages the strengths of Anritsu’s SmartStudio NR Network Simulator and Spirent’s Umetrix Video software, providing the world’s first integrated 5G video quality system.

Development Background

The accelerating shift from 4G to 5G mobile communications, as well as increasing adoption of teleworking are driving increased viewing of streamed video content and growing use of online meeting tools. As a result, video-quality experience is a key factor influencing a user’s choice of a 5G mobile operator and smartphone brand. Consequently, mobile operators, 5G device vendors, and content providers urgently need a solution for evaluating the video quality of 5G devices.

Integrated Solution

This solution integrates the Anritsu Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A and SmartStudio NR (SSNR) control software with the Spirent Umetrix Video system for evaluating video quality.

The MT8000A operates as a 5G call box by simulating a 5G base station and core network using a state-machine-based graphical user interface (GUI). Users can simulate a full range of 5G network conditions, including Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) topologies at Frequency Range 1 (FR1) or Frequency Range 2 (FR2) frequencies without creating protocol scripts. Testing of throughput, mobility, VoNR, EPS-Fallback, SMS, CMAS, CDRX, and other functions can be easily performed using the SSNR GUI.

SSNR’s flexible network settings, as well as its simple reproduction of a live 5G network environment facilitate easy and effective analysis of video quality. Moreover, support for many APIs accelerates configuration of customers’ automation environments.

Spirent’s Umetrix Video evaluation system measures the receive-side quality of streamed video content by scoring Quality of Experience (QoE) using Video Mean Opinion Scoring (V-MOS) from only receive-side. It supports video-streaming services and video-content analysis by scoring the original video without prior display, facilitating faster and lower-cost repeatable design tests, regression tests, and competitor benchmarking.

About Spirent Communications

Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT) is a leading global provider of automated test and assurance solutions for networks, cybersecurity, and positioning. The company provides innovative products, services and managed solutions that address the test, assurance and automation challenges of a new generation of technologies, including 5G, SD-WAN, cloud, autonomous vehicles and beyond. From the lab to the real world, Spirent helps companies deliver on their promise to their customers of a new generation of connected devices and technologies. For more information, please visit

About Anritsu

Anritsu Corporation ( has been a provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 125 years. The company's test and measurement solutions include wireless, optical, microwave/RF and digital instruments, operations support systems and solutions that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems. With the addition of OSS monitoring solutions, it has expanded its offering to provide complete solutions for existing and next-generation wireline and wireless communication systems and service providers. Anritsu sells in over 90 countries worldwide with approximately 4,000 employees.

Anritsu Contact:
Laura Edwards
Senior Manager, Americas Marketing

Agency Contact:
Patrick Brightman
3E Public Relations

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