Anritsu offers a Complete Range of 5G Test Solutions and Products

By: Madhukar Tripathi, Associate Director- Optical Business & Marketing at Anritsu India Pvt. Ltd

As part of the development of mobile communications systems through 3G and onwards to 4G, Anritsu has worked on evaluating customers’ products in cooperation with vendors of chipsets and communications modules as well as terminal makers, helping accumulate know-how about various technologies, including signalling, protocol and RF measurement, and forming the basis of the company’s product strengths.

Anritsu offers a wide range of 5G measurement solutions and products for wireless and wired applications, including R&D, design, manufacturing, installation, maintenance, etc.

Anritsu 5G test solutions can be broadly summarised in below table. This table covers R&D to production to Field maintenance of 5G network & components.

5G Test Solutions
5G Test Solution
Some key products and their use in 5G ecosystem are mentioned in short.

Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A

Anritsu’s strengths in 5G chipset evaluation is Anritsu’s Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A measurement solution (supported both sub-6GHz and millimeter-wave), which has been adopted by world-leading customers including 5G chipset vendors for chipset signalling/protocol evaluations as well as for evaluating RF performance in OTA(Over The Air) environment with chamber.

The MT8000A is for evaluating the RF TRx characteristics at development of 5G NR chipsets, communications modules, smartphones, and other radio equipment. It is also for researching new applications using 5G NR. It supports wavebands from sub-6GHz to mmWave used by 5G for mmWave TRP/EIRP measurements in combination with RF converters, OTA chamber, etc., as well as RF Protocol tests such as Beam Management tests.

Figure-1: Example of Millimeter-wave Band RF/Protocol Test in Combination with RF Chamber

5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR

For 5G New Radio (NR) supported chipsets, communication modules, smartphones, Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier Acceptance Test (CAT) for wireless devices. For development and quality assurance of 5G terminals and certification in test houses. Supports both 5G NR SA / NSA mode, and by combining RF Chamber MA8171A and RF converter, it covers the frequency band of 5G communication specified by 3GPP from Sub-6 GHz to millimeter wave. In addition to the 5G protocol testing, it supports conventional LTE/LTE-A/LTE-A Pro/W-CDMA, and can be upgraded from the existing ME7834 system.

New Radio RF Conformance Test System ME7873NR

The ME7873NR is an automatic test system that supports the 5G NR RF test specified in 3GPP TS 38.521. Supports testing in both stand-alone mode (SA) and non-stand-alone mode (NSA) in 5G NR. Combined with CATR Anechoic Chamber MA8172A, covers both Sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave frequency bands used in 5G.
Flexible system configuration according to measurement requirements. Also, upgrade from ME7873LA that supports LTE, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), LTE-A Pro, and conventional W-CDMA RF test and carrier acceptance test. Build RF test system according to your requirements.

RF Chamber MA8171A & CATR Anechoic Chamber MA8172A

OTA (Over The Air) chambers supporting 5G NR RF evaluation

Supporting for both 5G NR Sub-6GHz and mm-Wave bands. Also for Standalone(SA) and non-Standalone mode. Excellent transportability and reduced setup time.
The MA8171A can be used not only for RF but also for Protocol test. Supports beam management tests including beam forming.

The MA8172A adopts the Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) method compliant with the 3GPP standard. Supports mm-Wave research and development and conformance testing.

Spectrum Analyzer MS269xA Series

Supports 5G NR Sub-6GHz

For evaluation of TRx characteristics at R&D of 5G NR chipsets, communications modules, smartphones, base stations, and other radio equipment. Also for researching new applications using 5G NR.
MS2690/91/92A include a built-in vector signal analyzer using wideband FFT analysis up to 125 MHz as well as other optional modulation analysis, vector signal generator and BER measurement functions in an all-in-one, high-performance, multifunction, benchtop signal analyzer.

Vector Signal Generator MG3710E (100 kHz to 2.7/4/6 GHz)

The MG3710E can generate waveform patterns conforming to the 5G NR FR1 specifications defined in 3GPP TS 38.211, TS 38.212, and TS 38.213. It can output signals of various wireless systems such as WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, narrowband communication, as well as cellular communication such as LTE FDD/TDD, W-CDMA, and GSM

Spectrum Analyzer/Signal Analyzer MS2850A

MS2850A supports 5G NR (sub-6GHz, mmWave). The MS2850A supports evaluation of TRx characteristics at R&D of 5G NR chipsets, communications modules, smartphones, and other radio equipment. It is also for researching new applications and base stations using 5G NR.

It includes a built-in vector signal analyzer using wideband FFT analysis covering a frequency range of 9 kHz to 32/44.5 GHz with a maximum analysis bandwidth of 1 GHz. The high-speed, large-capacity digitizer function coupled with optional modulation analysis function combine to offer a high-performance, multifunction, benchtop signal analyzer with excellent cost-performance ratio for both R&D and manufacturing applications.

Signal data captured by the digitizer function can be analyzed using general-purpose signal-analysis tools optimized for R&D of 5G NR products.

VNA (Vector Network Analyzer): Shockline® series VNA are used especially for measuring passive components supporting extended frequency band used by 5G. Shockline® series VNA are popular in Antenna, RF MW Components characterization along with material measurement applications. These VNA’s are used in Automotive RADAR application R&D which is one of the strong 5G use case as well.

Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A & MT8872A

MT8870A is mass production test tool used for 5G and 4G devices such as UE (User Equipment) Smart Wearables, Data Devices etc. MT8870A supports 5G NR sub-6GHz band. Universal Wireless Test Set is mass production testing tool of IoT devices & Communication modules as well.  MT8870A supports 5G NR sub-6GHz (Supported LTE, NB-IoT, Cat-M, V2X, WLAN and Bluetooth etc.)

Field Master Pro MS2090A

The Field Master Pro MS2090A RF spectrum analyzer is the highest performing handheld test and measurement solution available to meet the challenges of 5G field testing while maintaining support for a full range of wireless technologies. MS2090A Field Master Pro MS2090A is used for RF Test in field application be it installation or maintenance  of 5G network.

MS2090A is used for 5GNR base station measurement – Field Master Pro MS2090A validate the performance of the gNB base station with essential measurements that are in full compliance with 3GPP TS 38.104 V15, including:

  • frequency error
  • time offset
  • cell/sector ID
  • modulation quality
  • unwanted emissions
  • occupied bandwidth
  • adjacent channel leakage ratio
  • transmitter harmonics and spurious
  • EIRP

Field Master Pro MS2090A is also used for 5G coverage mapping – receive a clear representation of the signal strength of 5G transmitters over intended geographic area by continuously measuring RF data – including 5G channel power, EIRP, or RSRP – with results graphically displayed on a digital map or building floor plan.

Network Master Pro MT1040A:MT1040A is ideal testing toolfor Various Network Testing Including 400 GbE Supporting 5G NR. Key features include

  • Battery Powered Tester for Network Field Evaluations Including 400G Ethernet

• One unit supports multiple standards, including OTN, eCPRI/RoE, Fibre Channel

• Optical fiber line measurement with OTDR module. Simple optical module check function

 • Built-in 400G Ethernet FEC analysis function

• Easy-to-use GUI with 9-inch touchscreen for better operability

• More efficient work with automated-measurement tools supporting one-button tests

Network Master Pro MT1000A: Network Master Pro MT1000A is 5G Mobile Network eCPRI/RoE, Latency, and Clock Sync Measurements- All in one Test tool.

Mobile X-haul Test Solution Conventional network architecture is being re-designed for 5G. The keys to the evolution of 5G services are adoption of O-RAN ALLIANCE open-interface standards as well as support for multivendor-supply of base-station node configurations. The MT1000A supports Ethernet bit rates up to 100 Gbps used by Mobile X-haul links. It facilitates eMBB, uRLLC and mMTC implementation by evaluating line performance, such as latency, packet jitter, packet loss rate, and throughput, between base-station nodes. In addition, synchronization tests are supported by a built-in atomic-clock option. The quality of the S-Plane (synchronization plane) through a multivendor Virtual RAN configuration can also be evaluated.

BERTWave™ MP2110A: BERTWave® is ideal test tool for 5G Mobile Network Optical Module Evaluation.
Madhukar Tripathi, Associate Director- Optical Business & Marketing at Anritsu India Pvt. Ltd

One unit supports Eye Pattern analysis and BER measurement of optical modules used by 5G mobile fronthaul, middle-haul, and backhaul. The sampling oscilloscope optical channels cover signals from 10G NRZ to 53 Gbaud PAM4. The sampling oscilloscope supports NRZ to 53-Gbaud PAM signals for Eye pattern analysis of bit rates covering CPRI to eCPRI/RoE.