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120 years of Anritsu

Anritsu was founded in 1895, the year in which Marconi successfully demonstrated the world's first wireless telegraph. The development of Anritsu has traced the emergence of modern communications, and its history has run concurrent with the evolution of information and communication networks.

1890-1929

1895

  • "Sekisan-sha" the joint-investment company, established predecessor of Anritsu

1900

  • Annaka Electric Co., Ltd. established

1903

  • Annaka exhibits a wireless communication transmitter and a 30cm spark coil at the 5th Japan National Industrial Exhibition
    1903

1908

  • Merger of Sekisan-sha with Abe Electric Co., Ltd to establish the Kyoritsu Electric Co., Ltd.
  • Kyoritsu concentrates on mass production of common-battery telephone (renamed the public telephone in 1925)
    1908

1912

  • Annaka and Ministry of Post and Communications Electrotechnical Laboratory complete manufacture of the TYK Radio telephone
  • The telephone was installed for cable and telegraph services (between Toshijima and Kamijima in Toba, Mie prefecture in 1914 where it garnished attention as the world's first practical use wireless telephone)

1924

  • Annaka begins manufacture of radio receivers, speakers and headphones following the introduction of radio broadcasting

1925

  • Annaka manufactures Japan's first 500-watt broadcasting equipment for use at the Tokyo Central Radio Station, Atagoyama Transmitter Station No.2 Facility

1928

  • Annaka manufactures Marine-Use 2kW Remote Operation Wireless Transmitter
  • Supplied Asama-maru and other U.S./Europe-bound ships that were highly regarded

1930-1969

1931

  • Anritsu Electric Co., Ltd. established, following the merger of Kyoritsu Electric with Annaka Electric

1933

  • Anritsu produces Japan's first TV broadcast transmitter, supplied to Hamamatsu Advanced Technical School (now Shizuoka University)
    1933

1939

  • Anritsu completes Japan's first automated public telephone (unit No.1)
  • Anritsu develops AC-bias magnetic sound recorder, the prototype of modern tape recorders

1943

  • Anritsu begins manufacture of repeaters for transmission by coaxial cable

1949

  • Anritsu implements the split-up of radio receiver division, measuring instrument division and gramophone division, to create new independent companies

1950

  • Anritsu develops ARM-6074 strength meter for ultra-short wave electric fields employing a doublet antenna

1953

  • Anritsu starts mass production of charge deferred payment-type public telephone (Model No.4)

1961

  • Anritsu establishes new Atsugi Factory

1962

  • Anritsu begins manufacture of industrial measuring instrument (electronic micrometers)

1964

  • Anritsu begins manufacture of automatic check weigher (AutoChecker)

1967

  • Anritsu succeeds in practical application of hybrid thick-film and thin-film IC's
  • Anritsu begins manufacture of traffic information systems

1968

  • Anritsu listed on the First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange

1970-1979

1970

  • Anritsu begins exporting public telephones for Australia

1974

  • Anritsu develops M501A laser outer diameter measuring instrument necessary for the manufacture of optical fibers

1977

  • Anritsu develops 2Gb/s ultra high-speed error rate detector
  • Anritsu begins productization of optical communications measuring instruments
  • Anritsu establishes Anritsu Eletrônica Ltda. (Rio de Janeiro)

1978

  • Anritsu establishes Anritsu America (New Jersey)

1979

  • Completion of new head office building
  • Anritsu receives a high-volume order for micro-circuit measuring instruments from AT&T (the United States)

1980

  • Anritsu establishes Anritsu Europe (Bedfordshire, United Kingdom)

1981

  • Anritsu develops Optical Time Domain Reflectometer ahead of the global trend

1982

  • Anritsu announces INMARSAT-ship terminal, the first terminal officially approved by INMARSAT

1985

  • Anritsu changes its company name to the Anritsu Corporation on October 1
  • Anritsu Establishes Tohoku Anritsu Co., Ltd.

1986

  • Anritsu develops 5GHz pulse pattern generator, actively used in research and development of optical fiber communications systems and ultra-high-speed logic elements

1990-1999

1990

  • Anritsu acquires US instrument manufacturer Wiltron Company

1993

  • Anritsu releases various measuring instruments for digital mobile communications
  • Anritsu develops Mini-OTDR

1994

  • Anritsu develops 12.5GHz ultra high-speed error rate detector
  • Anritsu establishes Anritsu Wiltron Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

1995

  • Anritsu celebrated its 100-year anniversary

1997

  • Anritsu implemented "One Country, One Company System"

1998

  • Anritsu establishes Asia Pacific Region Headquarters in Hong Kong

2000

2000

  • Anritsu develops 10 Gb/s SONET/SDH/PDH/ATM Analyzer

2001

  • Anritsu develops a world first 43.5GHz 4-Ch ultra high-speed error rate detector
  • Anritsu started sales of 43.5G band error rate detecting system
  • Anritsu develops a world first W-CDMA signalling tester

2002

  • Anritsu develops the world-class optical output (1W) 1400nm pump laser diode

2003

  • Anritsu acquired GCF approval for its world first W-CDMA conformance test system
  • Anritsu transfers its head office to Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture

2005

  • Anritsu acquires the Danish Instrument Manufacturer NetTest, to establish Anritsu A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark)

2008

  • Anritsu develops the base-station simulator for development and verification of 3GPP LTE mobile terminal

2009

  • Anritsu establishes Koriyama Office

2010

  • Anritsu obtains GCF/PTCRB approval for its world first LTE Conformance Test System
  • Wi-Fi Alliance® validates WLAN Test Set as a measuring instrument for certification testing
  • Anritsu realizes handheld measuring instruments for microwave communications with the same functions as the benchtop measuring instruments

2011

  • Anritsu obtains GCF approval for 80% of test cases for LTE terminal for the first time in the world, contributing to commencement of terminal certification
  • Anritsu succeeds in demonstrating multi-vendor equipment interoperability in transmitting 100Gbit Ethernet signals over optical networks for the first time in the world
  • MasterClaw supports smooth operation of communications infrastructure at Pan American Games

2012

  • Anritsu realizes verification of LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation function with its world first Signalling Tester MD8430A
  • Anritsu realizes multi-channel evaluation of 32Gbit/s band high-speed interconnecting with its world first Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A
  • Anritsu realizes noise figure measurement for 100GHz band active devices with network analyzers for the first time in the world

2013

  • Anritsu obtains GCF/PTCRB approval for its world first LTE-Advanced Conformance Test System
  • Anritsu starts sales of measurement solutions for Wi-SUN and ECHONET Lite, supporting the realization of next-generation energy management systems
  • Anritsu supports TD-LTE Advanced with its world first Signalling Tester MD8430A

2014

  • Anritsu succeeds in data communication with LTE-Advanced 3 Carrier Aggregation terminal for the first time in the world using Signalling Tester MD8430A
  • Anritsu obtains GCF approval for 80% of test cases for LTE-Advanced terminal for the first time in the world, contributing to commencement of terminal certification
  • Anritsu starts sales of Network Master Flex MT1100A that enables evaluation of 100Gbps/400Gbps networks with a single unit

2015

  • Anritsu celebrates its 120-year anniversary
  • Anritsu completes construction of Global Headquarters Building
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