Rohde & Schwarz has pioneered 5G New Radio (5G NR) network measurements with the world’s first commercial 5G NR network measurement solution. The solution enables users in the 5G network ecosystem, as well as regulators, to accurately measure 5G NR network coverage – one of the biggest challenges in network planning. Using this solution, users can verify that the beamforming of 5G is working properly and the interoperability between 5G and other formats.
With the rollout of 5G NR networks, global network operators are planning pre-commercial network trials in 2018 and 2019. Their goal is to overcome the challenges of a more demanding and complex air interface and provide customers with the commercial and technological advantages that 5G brings.
Rohde & Schwarz supports the industry with the world’s first commercial 5G NR network measurement solution. The solution consists of a drive test scanner with 5G NR frequency sweep option and the R&S ROMES4 drive test software platform. Tried and tested in pre-commercial 5G NR network trials. Rohde & Schwarz will present its new 5G NR network test solution for the first time to the public at Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles, September 12-14, 2018.
Customers can choose from two test scanners: the R&S TSME6 ultra-compact drive test scanner or the R&S TSMA6 autonomous mobile network scanner with built-in PC. Both scanners are configured with the 5G NR sweep option to cover both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architecture tests. In addition, the R&S ROMES4 drive test software platform provides analysis and visualization of all existing 3GPP technologies such as GSM, UMTS/HSPA and LTE, including NB-IoT and LTE-M for IoT technologies. When using the R&S TSME6, the drive test software runs on the control notebook; when using the R&S TSMA6, the drive test software runs on its built-in PC, leaving the measurement control to a simple tablet. Field measurements are facilitated by combining the relevant test equipment with the corresponding antenna in a handbag or shoulder bag for efficient driving and walking tests.
The R&S ROMES4 drive test software platform can be connected to 5G NR devices such as evaluation boards, USB modules and pre-commercial smartphones. This enables 5G NR adopters to gain early insight into the performance of the device and how it will interact with a real 5G NR network. Rohde & Schwarz successfully demonstrated this capability of its network measurement solution during the previous introduction of mobile communication technology.
Another benefit is that the 5G NR network measurement solution is fully integrated into the Rohde & Schwarz mobile network test intelligence platform. The platform provides intuitive, powerful drill-down and analysis capabilities to maximize the value of collected measurement data, from laboratory validation to field acceptance, troubleshooting, optimization, benchmarking and monitoring.
Dietmar Vahldiek, Executive Vice President Monitoring and Network Test at Rohde & Schwarz, said: “With the launch of the world’s first commercial 5G NR network measurement solution, Rohde & Schwarz has once again demonstrated that we can turn our vision into reality. We keep our customers ahead of the curve in 5G by delivering excellent 5G NR performance at all stages of the network lifecycle.” Rohde & Schwarz has now launched the R&S TSME6 frequency scanner (with R&S TSME6- k50 5G NR sweep option), R&S TSMA6 sweeper (with R&S TSMA6-k50 5G NR sweep option) and R&S ROMES4 drive test software platform (for analysis and visualization of 5G NR and all other mobile technologies) .
Rohde & Schwarz’s new 5G NR network test solutions will be exhibited at Mobile World Congress South America 2018, booth number S.2814. For more information, please visit the show or visit the official website https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/mnt-5G and the blog https://blog.mobile-network-testing.com.