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Anritsu, in Collaboration with Qualcomm, Verifies Industry-first Release 16 Test for 5G New Radio Standalone Mode


Allen, TX – September 23, 2021 – Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce that the first Release 16 Minimization Drive Test (MDT) Protocol Conformance Test for 5G New Radio (NR) Standalone (SA) has been verified on the 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR powered by the Snapdragon® X65 5G Modem-RF System.

3GPP Release 16 defines many enhancements for 5G NR. Some enhancements are extensions to existing features and others are new features to address new industry verticals and network deployment scenarios. MDT was first introduced for 4G LTE, with an aim to use measurement reports from User Equipment (UE) to simplify network planning/optimization tasks that would otherwise depend fully on live drive testing. With Release 16 enhancements, MDT can be applied to 5G NR networks.

Mr. Shinya Ajiro, General Manager of Mobile Solutions Division at Anritsu, said, “Our continued collaboration with Qualcomm enables us to support the wireless industry bringing new 5G advanced features to market quickly.”

3GPP TS37.320 defines the industry standard for combined reporting of Uplink and Downlink radio quality, call events, user plane QoS, and geo-position of UE. The conformance tests are defined by 3GPP in TS 38.331 and have been submitted to 3GPP RAN WG5 (Radio Access Network Working Group 5) by Anritsu and others. These tests will also be submitted to GCF (Global Certification Forum) CAG (Certification Agreement Group), and PTCRB (PCS Type Certification Review Board) PVG (PTCRB Validation Group) for approval in the upcoming meetings.

Product Outline: 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR

The 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR is registered with the GCF and PTCRB as Test Platform 251. The ME7834NR is a test platform for 3GPP-based Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier Acceptance Testing (CAT) of mobile devices incorporating Multiple Radio Access Technologies. It supports 5G NR in SA and Non-Standalone (NSA) mode, in addition to LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE-A Pro, and W-CDMA. When combined with Anritsu’s OTA RF chamber MA8171A and RF converters, the ME7834NR covers the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G frequency bands.

About Anritsu

Anritsu is a provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions. Anritsu engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for emerging and legacy wireline and wireless technologies used in commercial, private, military/aerospace, government, and other markets.

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