Softbank chooses Keysight to run 5G NR tests

Posted By : Mick Elliott

SoftBank has chosen Keysight Technologies' 5G network emulation solutions to characterise and validate new 5G New Radio (NR) mobile devices intended to operate on the Japanese mobile operator's 5G network. These solutions are based on the UXM 5G platform for radio frequency (RF) performance validation of new 5G mobile devices in over-the-air (OTA) test environments.

The solutions comply with the latest 3GPP Rel-15 standard allowing mobile operators, and their 5G mobile device suppliers, to address new technical challenges and accelerate deployment of 5G technology across sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies.

"Keysight is pleased to help leading mobile operators like SoftBank meet their strategic goals to commercialise 5G," said Kailash Narayanan, vice president of Keysight's wireless test group. "Keysight's industry-leading 5G solutions, expertise in OTA testing, and comprehensive service offerings, combined with our many collaborations with mobile operators and their ecosystems, will significantly accelerate 5G development and deployment globally."

Keysight delivers comprehensive over-the-air (OTA) test capabilities by combining network emulation and measurement capability with anechoic chambers, such as the Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR), which is based on the indirect far field test methodology approved by 3GPP.

By partnering early with leading chipset and device manufacturers, Keysight introduced 5G network emulation solutions for both protocol testing and RF performance validation.

Mobile operators across the world use Keysight's network emulation solutions as part of their mobile device acceptance plans.

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