NB-IoT: The Need for Scanner Based Testing

NB-IoT, (Narrow Band Internet of Things), also known as Cat NB1, is a standard for connecting “things” to the internet through the cellular network. This is a standard focused on machine to machine communications. The range of applications are vast, with key applications including asset tracking, intrusion detection, utility meter reporting, smart parking areas, and…

Testing LTE-Advanced (Rel.10)

This application note summarizes the Rohde & Schwarz test solutions for LTE-Advanced (Release 10) using Vector Signal Generators, Signal and Spectrum Analyzers and the Wideband Radio Communication Tester.

LTE and Bluetooth® in-device coexistence with WLAN

This application note employs preliminary theoretical analysis and demonstrates how the problems of in-device coexistence can be measured. Exemplary, the effects of LTE and Bluetooth® traffic on the WLAN performance of a commercially available smartphone are examined. These examples will also enable the reader to design tests for complementary scenarios.

Narrowband Internet of Things Measurements

The Internet of Things (IoT) is considered the driving force of current and future wireless communications. In release 13, 3GPP has specified Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) as a new physical layer. This application note gives a short introduction to NB-IoT and shows the easy measurements with Rohde & Schwarz instruments.

Higher Order MIMO Testing with the R&S®SMW200A Vector Signal Generator

Due to its outstanding performance the R&S®SMW200A vector signal generator is ideal for testing MIMO receivers in a vast variety of applications offering maximum usability at minimum form factor. It can generate up to eight antenna signals simultaneously in its digital baseband – all standard-compliant and with antenna-specific coding. In addition, it can simulate the…

LTE-A Base Station Transmitter Tests

3GPP TS36.141 defines conformance tests for EUTRA base stations (eNodeB). Release 13 (LTEAdvanced Pro) added several tests, especially for Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT). This application note describes how all required transmitter (Tx) tests (TS36.141 Chapter 6) can be performed quickly and easily by using signal and spectrum analyzers from Rohde & Schwarz. A few…

LTE-A Base Station Performance Tests

3GPP TS36.141 defines conformance tests for EUTRA base stations (eNodeB). Release 12 (LTEAdvanced) added several tests, such as those for PUCCH format 2 and PUSCH with TTI bundling and enhanced HARQ pattern. This application note describes how all required performance tests (TS36.141 Chapter 8) can be performed quickly and easily by using vector signal generators…

1MA195: LTE-A Base Station Receiver Tests

3GPP TS36.141 defines conformance tests for EUTRA base stations (eNodeB). Release 12 (LTEAdvanced) added several tests, such as those for contiguous and non-contiguous multicarrier and/or carrier aggregation (CA) scenarios. This application note describes how all required receiver (Rx) tests (TS36.141 Chapter 7) can be performed quickly and easily by using vector signal generators from Rohde…

Antenna Beam Characterization of 5G Mobile Devices and Base Stations Using the R&S®NRPM Over-the-Air (OTA) Power Measurement Solution

Radio frequencies in bands around 28 GHz are being discussed as candidates for mobile communications of the fifth generation (5G). Beam steering will be a key feature in the context of 5G. It will be a major challenge to test the beam steering capabilities of base stations and user equipment in every phase from research…

Characterizing Active Phased Array Antennas

Designing and implementing an active phased array antenna requires precise characterization of individual components and the integrated performance of the array. To ensure an accurate test of the intended adaptive nature of the active phased array antenna, the embedded algorithms need to be tested as well. This application note aims to explain test procedures and…