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PCTEST Partners with Anritsu for Conducting SAR Testing of 5G NR Devices


Leading Engineering Laboratory Selects Anritsu’s Radio Communication Test System MT8000A 5G Emulator to Support 5G SAR Testing

Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A

Anritsu Company and PCTEST Engineering Laboratory, Inc. announce that PCTEST will conduct SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) testing of 5G devices using Anritsu’s Communication Test System MT8000A. The MT8000A will be used in PCTEST’s Columbia, MD, and San Jose, CA laboratories to emulate a 5G New Radio (NR) radio access network, providing mobile operators and device makers with an efficient means to conduct SAR testing, which is critical due to the imminent rollout of 5G NR technology by operators worldwide.

SAR testing measures the electromagnetic energy absorbed by a body when a wireless device is transmitting in proximity to an end user. SAR testing with the MT8000A will accurately measure the device to evaluate that it is operating within the established maximum RF exposure limits mandated by regulatory bodies.

5G NR devices will be designed in a variety of form factors and power classes that will have different maximum transmitting power limits. The Anritsu MT8000A test system provides reliable 5G NR call connection with the transmitting device over a wide range of frequencies, including FR1 (Sub-6 GHz) and FR2 (mmWave), to enable accurate, reliable, and stable near-field Power Density and SAR measurements.

“PCTEST is proud to partner with Anritsu for 5G NR in regulatory compliance testing,” said Randy Ortanez, President of PCTEST Engineering Laboratory, Inc. “We are very pleased to utilize Anritsu test equipment and look forward to working with Anritsu in 5G NR testing.”

“Anritsu is pleased to work with PCTEST to support the industry’s 5G NR regulatory compliance test needs,” said Paul Innis, Vice President and General Manager of Anritsu Company. “PCTEST recognizes that Anritsu is a leader in developing test solutions with leading-edge features to address the verification requirements associated with new wireless technology deployment. Anritsu will continue to introduce a wide range of test solutions as part of our commitment to meet the needs of the wireless device and infrastructure ecosystems.”

About PCTEST Engineering Laboratory

PCTEST Engineering Laboratory, Inc., is a premier 3rd party test laboratory accredited to ISO 17025 and ISO 17065, authorized by major US and international operators in LTE Lab Conformance testing, including MIMO, OTA, Carrier Aggregation, and VoLTE. PCTEST is also a leading FCC and ISED compliance facility and certification body specializing in comprehensive EMC, RF, SAR, and HAC testing. Furthermore, PCTEST tested and certified the first 5G mmW device in the US. With test facilities strategically located in Columbia, MD, San Jose, CA, Korea, and Japan, PCTEST offers complete one-stop testing and certification services for all technologies. For further information, please contact info(ATMARK) or visit our website at

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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