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Anritsu LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System Wins GCF Approval for more than 80% of 3DL CA Test Cases


Anritsu Corporation has obtained world-first GCF approval for better than 80% of test cases for the 3 downlink carrier aggregation (3DL CA) RF Conformance Test for the company’s LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA.

These GCF approvals obtained by the ME7873LA are for 3DL CA frequencies used in Japan, North America, and Europe. With these approvals, the ME7873LA is now world leader for number of approved RF and RRM test cases. In particular, the Anritsu RRM test system for 3DL CA has the best industry record of more than 80% of test cases.

Carrier Aggregation technology increases communication speeds by aggregating several frequency bands and is standardized by 3GPP Release 10. Mobile operators worldwide are starting deployment of 2DL CA services by aggregating 2 downlink signals, with future plans to start 3DL CA in mid-2016, starting in N. America, S. Korea, and Japan.

Commercially released LTE-Advanced mobile terminals must be certified first by GCF and PTCRB. As a condition for starting terminal certification, GCF requires an approval rate of at least 80% for test cases used for LTE-Advanced mobile Carrier Aggregation standards compliance tests.

Anritsu obtained world-first PTCRB 3DL CA certification for its LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA in September 2015, followed by GCF approval for more than 80% of test cases for 3DL CA conformance tests in April 2016. As a result, operators can now start commercial deployment of 3DL CA services in the near future.

With its focus on releasing more LTE-Advanced test systems in future, Anritsu remains a key partner in promoting growth of mobile broadband services.

[Product Outline]

  • LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA

The ME7873LA is a test platform for verifying conformance of specifications, such as RF TRx characteristics, performance, etc., with 3GPP standards. It is used for acceptance inspection tests by carriers worldwide, especially in North America and northeast Asia.

About Anritsu

Anritsu Corporation ( has been a provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 120 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.

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