5G NR RF Conformance Test System Wins GCF Approval

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Anritsu’s GCF-approved conformance test system ME7873NR supports the early rollout of 5G NR devices 

Anritsu recently announced that its 5G NR RF Conformance Test System ME7873NR has won approval for 5G NR RF Conformance tests from the Global Certification Forum (GCF). This will play a key role in the early rollout of 5G NR devices that are expected to grow in 2019.

In the announcement, Anritsu said: “5G services started in late 2018 in parts of North America and South Korea, and widespread commercial rollout is expected in 2019, centering on advanced nations. Commercial deployment of 5G mobile terminals requires GCF-approved conformance test systems, which are a critical requirement for early rollout of 5G mobile services by national mobile operators.”


Anritsu’s ME7873NR is registered with GCF as the 5G NR RF/RRM Test Platform TP250 and won world-first approval for 5G NR sub-6 GHz Non-Standalone (NSA) from GCF at the January 2019 CAG meeting. Winning future Standalone (SA) and millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency-band certifications will play a key role in the early commercial release of 5G mobile services and terminals expected to grow in 2019.

NR RF Conformance Test System ME7873NR

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 SA and NSA modes, while combination with Anritsu’s 5G over-the-air (OTA) chamber (CATR) covers all 5G frequency bands, including sub-6 GHz and mmWave. A flexible system configuration allows customers to customize the ME7873NR for specific measurement conditions. It supports LTE, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), LTE-A Pro, and W-CDMA RF tests as well as carrier acceptance tests (CAT). An easy 5G upgrade path from the LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA is available to create a cost-effective RF test system that meets emerging required test conditions.

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