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5G NR protocol and RF performance test solutions enable leading mobile operator to validate new mobile devices in mmWave OTA test environments.

SINGAPORE: Keysight Technologies, Inc has extended its collaboration with NTT Docomo, Inc by providing first-to-market 5G network emulation solutions for characterising and validating new 5G New Radio (NR) mobile devices intended to operate on the leading mobile operator’s 5G network.

Keysight’s 5G NR network emulations solutions enable NTT Docomo to assess the performance of new 5G mobile devices and address new technical challenges of deploying a 5G network at mmWave frequencies.

Keysight’s solutions allow users to validate the protocol signalling and Radio Frequency (RF) performance of 5G NR mobile devices in a laboratory environment. The technology company’s comprehensive mmWave over-the-air (OTA) test capabilities combine network emulation solutions with anechoic chamber, such as Keysight’s Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR), which is consistent with 3GPP’s decisions approving the chamber as an indirect far field test methodology.

“Keysight’s proven expertise in mmWave and 5G test capability in OTA environments enable us to accelerate our 5G commercialisation plans and ensure that new 5G mobile devices will operate reliably on our network,” said Toshiyuki Futakata, VP and GM of Communication Device Development Department, NTT Docomo.

Keysight is also collaborating with NTT Docomo to develop specific test scenarios for their mobile ecosystem to ensure new 5G mobile devices will operate as expected on their network. This enables NTT Docomo’s ecosystem to reduce R&D efforts and accelerate market introductions of new 5G mobile devices.

“We are excited to be closely collaborating with NTT Docomo to meet their strategic goals of successful deployment of 5G commercial services by 2020,” said Kailash Narayanan, VP and GM of Wireless Test business at Keysight Technologies.

Keysight and NTT Docomo initiated their close collaboration on 5G technology in 2015 to develop mmWave technology for effective deployment of enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) services in support of key 5G use cases.

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