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Signalling Tester MD8430A Adds DL 6CA Gigabit LTE Evaluation Functions for LTE-Advanced Pro Support


Launch of Gigabit LTE (DL 6CA, UL 256 QAM) Evaluation Functions as MD8430A Software Options

Signalling Tester Base Station Simulator MD8430A

Anritsu Corporation announces the March 26 release of the following two software options extending the functions of the company’s Signalling Tester MD8430A to measure the faster LTE-Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro) communications speeds.

  • LTE DL 6 Carrier Aggregation Option
  • LTE UL 256QAM Option
  • MD8430A-044
  • MD8430A-079

The Signalling Tester MD8430A is an LTE-A Pro base station simulator for configuring a benchtop pseudo-network required to develop chipsets and data terminals. Adding these software options to extend the MD8430A functions supports world-first data throughput tests at up to 2 Gbps (DL) and up to 300 Mbps (UL) by using DL 6CA and UL 256 QAM at connections with LTE-A Pro terminals.

This release as well as other Anritsu plans to extend the MD8430A functions will help earlier worldwide deployment of LTE-A Pro mobile services.

[Development Background]

As well as supporting Carrier Aggregation (CA) for extending the communications bandwidth, the LTE-A Pro standard uses MIMO antenna technology to achieve communication speeds ranging from 1 to 3 Gbps while moving. Prior to full-scale deployment of 5G communications supporting multi-gigabit speeds, LTE-A Pro aims for a smooth transition from the current LTE technology to 5G with the following key tests for the mobile communications market.

  • Tests in environments with more component carriers (CCs) supporting higher throughputs
  • Protocol tests using antenna channel modeling required to evaluate LTE-A Pro terminal performance in actual usage environments

Anritsu has targeted these tests by releasing the above two new options to extend the functions of its MD8430A.

[Product Outline]

The Signalling Tester MD8430A is a base station simulator for LTE-A Pro networks. It supports LTE-A Pro terminal tests by offering a pseudo-network environment with speeds of 2 Gbps (DL) and 300 Mbps (UL) at DL 6CA and UL 256 QAM, respectively, using the released functions.

In addition, it can output multiple base station signals in the same band from one Tx antenna, helping cut the required MD8430A units even when the number of Tx signals is increased by more CCs.

Moreover, combined use with the Rapid Test Designer (RTD) GUI-based test sequence creation tool makes it easy to both create test cases needed to simulate base stations in MIMO environments, as well as to efficiently configure various test environments, such as locations with poor reproducibility when using actual base stations.

Target Markets: Chipset makers, terminal makers, mobile operators, etc.

Applications: Evaluation of LTE-Advanced Pro chipsets, smartphones, and accessory equipment

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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