“With the forthcoming TD-LTE lab and field trials in China, we are seeing operator interest in the technology increasing rapidly,” said Ross Broadhurst, Aeroflex’s product manager for the TM500 TD-LTE test mobile. “Demanding timescales have been set for the trials and the TM500 TD-LTE test mobile is seen as a vital tool for accelerating and supporting the development and test programs for TD-LTE. The TM500 TD-LTE provides early access to the latest 3GPP functionality long before the availability of real handsets as well as layered operation and a high degree of logging and control.”
The new TM500 TD-LTE’s extensive Layer 1, Layer 2 and higher layer test features make it an indispensable testing peer that provides complete visibility even into the lowest layers of the radio modem by generating the detailed diagnostic data needed for engineers to verify the required functionality and optimise network operation and performance. With support for MIMO, handover testing, 20MHz channel bandwidths and 300Mbit/s downlink data rates on UE CAT5, it will enable comprehensive development and test support of basestation and network infrastructure for the next generation of Chinese mobile technology. The TM500 TD-LTE can co-exist in the same unit as the TM500 LTE-FDD protecting investment and maximising test flexibility for engineers working on both standards.