Anritsu Corporation’s new Radio RF Conformance Test System ME7873NR has reached the GCF 5G terminal Test Platform Approval Criteria (TPAC) for the New Radio RF conformance test.
The NR RF Conformance Test System ME7873NR is an automated system for 3GPP TS38.521/TS38.533-defined 5G NR RF/RRM tests. It supports both planned 5G NR Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) modes, while the combination with Anritsu’s 5G over-the-air (OTA) chamber (CATR) covers all 5G frequency bands, including not only Sub-6 GHz but also mmWave.
GCF defines the reference compliance test required for commercial release of mobile terminals, and Anritsu’s ME7873NR won GCF certification for test cases defined by GCF as a condition for starting approval of 5G terminals using the 5G NR Sub-6 GHz non-standalone (NSA) mode RF conformance test.
The test target frequency band is expected to be used in Japan, S. Korea, and China. The RF conformance tests achieving the criteria are fundamental tests for measuring terminal RF TRx functions and are key items in bringing 5G terminals early to market. As a result of winning this GCF approval for 5G RF tests, the ME7873NR will help with the early rollout of commercial 5G services.
In addition to supporting the 5G NR Sub-6 GHz NSA modes, Anritsu is working on acquiring more certifications for all 5G NR Sub-6 GHz tests, including the standalone (SA) mode. Moreover, the company has also won approval for tests in the mmWave band expected to enter use soon, assisting both deployment of commercial 5G mobile network services starting later this year, as well as early market entry of 5G mobile terminals.