Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce that the Conformance Agreement Group (CAG) operated by Global Certification forum (GCF) has approved the industry first Release 16 Protocol Conformance tests for 5G New Radio (NR) at the CAG#68 meetings held in October 2021. This industry-first achievement has been verified on the 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR.
Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 16 specifications for 5G NR includes features which will greatly expand the reach of 5G NR to new industry verticals beyond traditional smartphone and enhanced mobile broadband applications (eMBB). At a broad level Release 16 introduces enhancements in coverage, power, mobility, reliability and ease in network planning and optimisation.
The conformance tests are defined by 3GPP in TS 38.523-1 and have earlier been verified by Anritsu at 3GPP RAN WG5 (Radio Access Network Working Group 5). These tests have also been submitted to PTCRB (PCS Type Certification Review Board) PVG (PTCRB Validation group) for approval in the upcoming meetings.
The 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR is registered with both the GCF and PTCRB as Test Platform 251.
The ME7834NR is a test platform for 3GPP-based Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier Acceptance Testing (CAT) of mobile devices incorporating Multiple Radio Access Technologies. It supports 5G NR in both Standalone and Non-Standalone mode in addition to LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE-A Pro, and W-CDMA.
When combined with Anritsu’s OTA RF chamber MA8171A and RF converters, the ME7834NR covers the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G NR frequency bands.