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Anritsu, Qualcomm in first private 5G new radio network tests

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By Nick Flaherty

Anritsu has teamed up with Qualcomm for the industry’s first Non-Public Network (NPN) Protocol Conformance Tests for the 5G New Radio (NR) Standalone (SA) specification.

NPN or Private 5G networks are a key step for the rollout of 5G networks outside the traditional operators and is being adopted by industrial automation in particular.

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The 3GPP Release 16 specification allows the use of 5G technologies to create a dedicated network with unified connectivity, optimized services, and enhanced security within a specific area. 5G NPN can be run by government, third party or network operators using already deployed 5G networks to cater for a different vertical industry segment.

The conformance tests are defined by 3GPP in TS 38.523-1 and have been submitted to 3GPP Radio Access Network Working Group 5 (RAN WG5) by Anritsu. These tests will also be submitted to Global Certification Forum (GCF) Certification Agreement Group (CAG), and PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) PTCRB Validation Group (PVG) for approval in the upcoming meetings.

These tests have been implemented on Anritsu’s ME7834NR 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform  which uses the Snapdragon X70 5G Modem-RF System, the fifth generation modem-to-antenna 5G sub-system from Qualcomm Technologies.

This is used 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 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.

“Non-Public Networks enable the expansion of 5G to cover new use cases including those defined by Industry 4.0,” said Keiji Kameda, General Manager of Mobile Solutions Division at Anritsu Corporation, “Our continued collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies has helped us achieve yet another important milestone.”

The 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR is registered with both the GCF and PTCRB as Test Platform 251.

www.anritsu.com

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