Columbia, MD-based wireless test company PCTEST Engineering Laboratory acquired 5G test solutions from Rohde & Schwarz for RF and RRM testing in the FR1 and FR2 frequency ranges. This acquisition includes the R&S TS8980 RF conformance test system, plus the R&S ATS1800C CATR based OTA test chamber. PCTEST recently became part of the Element Materials Technology Group. It said the investment will be instrumental in supporting Element’s new Connected Technologies sector, with PCTEST’s capabilities offering comprehensive wireless testing and certification services to device manufacturers.
The R&S TS8980 provides the maximum test case coverage and validation status for LTE RF and RRM 3GPP conformance and network operator supplemental tests. With the addition of the new, R&S CMX500 radio communication tester, this comprehensive test solution is now capable of testing 5G NR devices in both standalone and non-standalone (NSA), TDD and FDD modes. For over-the-air testing in millimeter wave frequencies, the R&S ATS1800C Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) chamber provides accurate 5G FR2 device performance measurements featuring class-leading signal integrity and shielding in a small space.
“5G is here now, and the infrastructure plays an increasing role in enhancing critical telecommunication services to the medical, business and domestic communities,” said PCTEST CEO Randy Ortanez. “With our acquisition of the latest Rohde & Schwarz 5G FR1 and FR2 test equipment, we are well equipped to become the leader in 5G and LTE testing along with the great partnership with Rohde & Schwarz.”
Bryan Helmick, Product Manager, Rohde & Schwarz says: “5G+LTE will still play a crucial role as many operators first deploy NSA mode before deploying a full 5G core network. Since we have expertise in both LTE and 5G, it allows our customers to make this transition more seamlessly with our extensive portfolio of products and excellent applications support.”
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