Test & Measurement

5G tester hooks up to 5G USB device for MWC demo

27th February 2019
Mick Elliott

A joint demonstration of Anritsu’s MT8000A 5G tester with TCL Communication’s first 5G USB device is being staged at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona (February 25-28). The TCL Communication 5G USB device is a high-speed internet access point supporting 3GPP Rel. 15 with 2-Gbps downlink and 1-Gbps uplink data rates, providing consumers with a convenient link for Cloud office applications and games.

It supports global access for both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) modes in the 5G Sub-6GHz bands; the 5G SA mode helps simplify device design and efficiency, substantially cutting costs while improving throughput performance at the cell edge. Moreover, a large 4000-mAh battery supports long operation.

TCL Communication works closely with global chipset makers and operators, stepping-up the pace of 5G device development to help bring high-quality 5G devices to market faster and assure stable, new, intelligent 5G services.

The SA mode’s advantages of simplification and improved efficiency help cut costs while raising throughput performance at the network edge, and the global launch of SA-mode devices is expected in 2019.

Anritsu’s MT8000A test platform for 5G supports the latest technologies, such as wideband signal processing and beamforming, required by ultrafast and large-capacity 5G communications. The all-in-one platform supports Sub-6GHz and mmWave RF tests as well as protocol tests, and marks an industry first in supporting the 5G NR SA mode.

“Anritsu’s 5G tester has helped us exhibit our latest 5G implementation sufficiently and has been an important partner to launch our 5G USB device,” said Charles Zou, General Manager of Global R&D Center, TCL Communication. “TCL Communication will continue to explore 5G technology and accelerate the popularisation of 5G terminals worldwide with cost-effective products.”

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