Test & Measurement

Anritsu, Vertokan cooperation enhances 5G antenna test

2nd December 2019
Mick Elliott

Anritsu is working with Verkotan Oy to supply 5G network equipment and 5G modem/phone customers with cutting-edge testing methods. Verkotan Oy is a high technology Over-the-Air (OTA) testing and certification test laboratory that offers e.g. high quality and demanding 5G-antenna measurement services to antenna vendors, mobile network equipment manufacturers and network operators in sophisticated test environment. 

Verkotan’s newest anechoic test chambers are now ready to meet the needs of 5G-customers and the chambers are equipped with Anritsu’s Vector Signal Generator MG3710E and Signal Analyser MS2692A measurement equipment.

 “Verkotan is investing heavily in its 5G-testing capabilities and we trust on Anritsu’s test equipment. By this co-operation Verkotan can provide traditional passive antenna testing as well as building active antenna beamforming testing capability for 5G base station EIRP & EIS OTA measurements. Our own SW combined with Verkotan’s unique measuring methods and Anritsu’s world class test equipment forms the combination on which we can build our future” says Kari Komonen, CEO of Verkotan.

 Additionally Verkotan has a tailored service called RF Modification. It is a test solution for 4G modem performance testing of smartphones, and now also for testing 5G modems in 5G phones, hotspots, handsets and so on. The modification is done by bypassing antennas of the phones or other devices with coaxial cables.

Verkotan tests and identifies technologies and frequency bands that are functional via each cable.  After this the modem performance can be easily tested without the impact of antennas.

“We tested throughput performance rates of a 5G smartphone. The test was made in collaboration with Anritsu using their Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A. We achieved throughput in the order 180 Mbit/s in SISO mode, 360Mbit/s in 2x2 MIMO mode and 720 Mbit/s when 4x4 MIMO was used”, says Komonen.

“We have received a lot of good feedback and suggestions from Verkotan to further develop our 5G instrument solutions,” says Jukka Kotajärvi, Nordic Country Manager at Anritsu.

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