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Test platform bolsters 3GPP Release 16 support


Anritsu and Qualcomm together have verified protocol conformance tests for enhanced 5G NR network slicing and UE power saving. 5G NR standalone tests were performed with Anritsu’s ME7834NR mobile device test platform on Broadcom’s Snapdragon X65 3GPP Release 16 modem-RF system.

3GPP considers network slicing a key feature in 5G NR. Release 16 introduces support for interworking from Evolved Packet Core (EPC) to 5G Core (5GC) for network slices and introduces authentication and authorization controls.

Power saving for user equipment is another area where 3GPP Release 16 has defined a number of new features. These include wake-up signal, enhanced cross-slot scheduling, adaptive MIMO layer reduction, and relaxed radio resource management measurement.

Anritsu submitted the conformance tests, as defined by 3GPP in TS 38.523-1 corresponding to the core requirements in TS 38.331, to the 3GPP Radio Access Network Working Group 5. These tests will also be submitted to the GCF Certification Agreement Group and the PTCRB Validation Group for approval in the upcoming meetings.

The ME7834NR test platform is intended for 3GPP-based protocol conformance testing and carrier acceptance testing of mobile devices incorporating multiple radio access technologies. When combined with Anritsu’s MA8171A OTA RF chamber and RF converters, the ME7834NR covers the sub 6-GHz and mmWave 5G NR frequency bands.

ME7834NR product page

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