Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Portable RF Spectrum Analyser For 4G/LTE And 5G NR Testing

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The solution makes RF testing of 4G/LTE and 5G networks simpler and faster while delivering accurate over-the-air (OTA) measurements

Mobile network operators need to support and maintain new 5G deployments as well as existing 4G/LTE installations. At the same time, cell densification and emerging 5G innovations, including beamforming and massive MIMO together with new mmWave spectrum and CBRS/C-bands are making the RF environment complex to navigate for operators and field technicians, resulting in significant new operational challenges and the need for different, innovative test processes.

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Now, EXFO Inc. has introduced the 5GPro Spectrum Analyser, a modular, field-focused radio frequency (RF) testing solution that provides providing accurate visibility into 4G/LTE and 5G NR environments, with the ability to analyse FR1(sub-6 GHz) and FR2 (mmWave) bands using a single, field-upgradeable solution.

The optimised and scalable 5GPro Spectrum Analyser strikes the right balance between functionality and portability in a compact design that delivers accurate RF over-the-air (OTA) measurements. It enables field techs and contractors for easy identification and resolution of issues to execute jobs faster.

Key features and benefits:

  • Field-upgradeable RF testing solution with no downtime due to factory upgrades
  • Modular RF testing solution having an option to start with FR1 and add FR2 as requirements change
  • Support for real-time spectrum analysis (RTSA) bandwidth up to 100 MHz, 5G NR demodulation and beamforming analysis, plus TDD and LTE signal analysis
  • Saves time by simplifying RF testing with a smart UX-optimised GUI and patent-pending intelligent peak detection
  • Seamless cloud integration for centralised workflow management and result sharing

“Operators need solutions that can help them deliver reliable 5G services to their customers quickly and efficiently—and the 5GPro Spectrum Analyser does exactly that,” said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO’s Vice President, Test and Measurement. “We applied our field-focused expertise to RF testing, creating an innovative, modular solution that is ready to adapt as networks transform, one that helps operators resolve RF issues before they impact network capacity, quality of service, subscriber QoE or revenue.”

The 5GPro Spectrum Analyser is available on the FTB 5GPro test kit for a complete all-in-one solution used to validate 4G and 5G networks. In addition to RF testing, the FTB 5GPro supports fibre inspection and characterisation, CPRI/eCPRI/O-RAN, RF spectrum analysis over CPRI, Ethernet (up to 100G), plus timing and synchronisation. This comprehensive solution reduces the number of devices field technicians need to carry, speeding up jobs and reducing the overall total cost of ownership for operators and contractors.



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