Test & Measurement

Testing options readied for Barcelona outing

1st February 2016
Mick Elliott

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Feb 22-25), Rohde & Schwarz will showcase its innovations at two booths. Solutions for device and infrastructure testing can be found at booth C40 in hall 6. At booth B50 in the same hall, Rohde & Schwarz and subsidiary SwissQual will present the latest developments in mobile network testing and also present cybersecurity solutions.

The everyday applications of wireless technologies go far beyond mobile phones, tablets and computers. LTE-Advanced is enabling applications with ever increasing bandwidth, and the next generation of wireless communications (5G) is on the horizon.

Captured by the motto "testing is everything," Rohde & Schwarz offers a comprehensive test and measurement portfolio to meet the challenges of the increasingly networked world facing user equipment, chipset and infrastructure manufacturers, network operators and test houses.

Highlights in Barcelona include the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester designed to drive development of enhanced mobile bandwidth applications based on LTE-Advanced. Comprehensive RF, protocol and end to end tests are available for the tester. The latest features include 64QAM uplink, LTE-Unlicensed and 4CC downlink CA with 256 QAM and 1Gb/s data throughput.

Manufacturers have to ensure quality of experience (QoE) for voice, audio, video and location based services when designing chipsets and mobile devices. Rohde & Schwarz supports them with test solutions for video streaming, voice over Wi-Fi and co existence of cellular and non cellular technologies.

The R&S CMW290 functional radio communication tester is a tailor made solution for cellular IoT tests and meets the special requirements of IoT integrators. It covers cellular technologies such as LTE as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

For the steadily growing number of Bluetooth applications, the R&S CMW platform offers outstanding measurement functions for RF integration of Bluetooth chipsets and modules as well as RF precertification tests.

Rohde & Schwarz will also demonstrate the R&S CMW100 multi-device communications manufacturing test set, the new standard in mobile device manufacturing.

Conformance and precompliance test systems from Rohde & Schwarz are well established in test houses and in house test labs. In Barcelona, the company will focus on LTE U with its R&S TS8980 RF conformance test system.

On the way to 5G, it is becoming clear that this next generation will unlock new frequency bands in the microwave and millimetre wave ranges for commercial wireless communications.

Rohde & Schwarz will demonstrate its role in 5G development with three different test setups: 5G and WLAN signals with bandwidths up to 2GHz, generation and analysis of 5G air interface candidates and 5G channel sounding.

Rohde & Schwarz and SwissQual will showcase the most comprehensive range of mobile network testing solutions for the latest developments in cellular technology, including voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi), VoLTE and eMBMS.

The company will present a unique and complete portfolio to help network operators, infrastructure providers and regulatory authorities plan, install, optimise and maintain networks – with a special focus on network and service quality from a subscriber perspective.

The integrated portfolio offers the advantage of coordinated solutions that cover network planning, optimisation, benchmarking and operation.

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