Rohde & Schwarz paves the way to 5G by claiming the world’s first 5G NR network measurement solution
5G NR, the new radio access technology for the next generation mobile communication standard, is creating a huge buzz. It is significantly different from LTE in many ways which makes an impact on the signal propagation. Thus, it is of utmost importance to get real-world information about a mobile network’s coverage to enable and verify correct 5G NR network planning and the rollout of base stations.
Rohde & Schwarz supports the industry with the world’s first commercially available 5G NR network measurement solution. This solution enables users in the 5G network ecosystem as well as regulators to measure the 5G NR network coverage accurately, claims the firm. With this solution, users can also verify the correct operation of beamforming and interworking between 5G and other technologies.
“With the 5G NR network rollout clearly on the horizon, network operators worldwide are planning pre-commercial network trials in 2018 and 2019. Their goal is to overcome the challenge of a more demanding and complex air interface and to deliver the commercial and technical benefits offered by 5G to their customers”, the company noted.
Test solution for 5G NR mobile networks
The solution consists of a network scanner with matching 5G NR scanning software and the R&S ROMES4 drive test software suite.
Customers will be able to choose between two test scanners: the R&S TSME6 ultracompact drive test scanner or the R&S TSMA6 autonomous mobile network scanner featuring a built-in network PC.
Both test scanners equipped with the 5G NR scanning software cover both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures. In addition, the R&S ROMES4 drive test software provides analysis and visualization of all existing 3GPP technologies, such as GSM, UMTS/HSPA and LTE, including the IoT technologies NB-IoT and LTE-M.
The solution has been tried and tested in the field in pre-commercial 5G NR network trials conducted by Rohde & Schwarz in support of a tier 1 operator and a global 5G NR infrastructure supplier.
The R&S TSME6 scanner with R&S TSME6-K50 5G NR scanning software, the R&S TSMA6 scanner with R&S TSMA6-K50 5G NR scanning software and the R&S ROMES4 drive test software for analysis and visualization of 5G NR and all other mobile technologies, are now available from Rohde & Schwarz.
The new Rohde & Schwarz 5G NR network test solution will be on display at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018, hall South, stand S.2814.
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