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Anritsu LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System Earns GCF Approval for More than 80% of Cat-M1 Test Cases


ME7873LA Assisting Fast-Track Cat-M1 Terminal Certification

Anritsu LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA

Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) is pleased to announce that the company's LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA earns GCF approval for more than 80% of Cat-M1 RF Conformance Test Cases for IoT communications.

[Certification Background]
Cat-M1 is an LTE standard defined in 3GPP Release 13. 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 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.

[Product Outline]
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.

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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