Keysight Successfully Completes Phase 2 of China’s IMT-2020 5G Interoperability Tests

Also announces ‘Mobile Internet of Things Test System’ deal with China Mobile Research Institute

Keysight Technologies, Inc. today announced the successful completion of the interoperability development tests of phase 2 of China’s IMT-2020 5G trials. Keysight assisted global network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) in accelerating their 5G key technology validations. Throughout the year of phase 2 testing, Keysight partnered with Huawei, ZTE, Datang, Ericsson and Nokia Shanghai Bell. Together, the companies completed interoperability development tests and successfully fulfilled the IoDT tasks in phase 2 of the 5G trials.

Keysight relied on the 5G expertise of its R&D and application engineers to implement the customers’ solution strategies—effectively promoting test progress and solving difficult technical problems in a cooperative test environment.

Keysight used advanced 5G candidate signal generation, demodulation and analysis solutions during phase 2 of the 5G trials—which are the industry’s first 5G test solutions. The Keysight solution provided customers with excellent RF performance—an error vector magnitude (EVM) of around 1 percent at 26 GHz carrier frequency and 800 MHz bandwidth—thus minimizing errors caused by the test equipment itself and revealing the real performance of the device under test (DUT). With this hardware and software solution, combined with its 5G expertise, Keysight successfully supported, and completed, the interoperability development tests for multiple industry partners.

“China’s IMT-2020 (5G) promotion group is an important organization for promoting the development of 5G technology,” said Steve Yan, vice president and general manager of Greater China Field Operation, Keysight. “We are glad to see the efforts and great results we are making in promoting 5G technology advancement and in helping Chinese and global NEMs accelerate the validation of their 5G key technologies.”

“5G is a significant opportunity for China’s telecommunication industry,” said David Wei, general manager of China Communications Operation, Keysight. “The successful completion of IoDT of phase 2 of China’s IMT-2020 5G trials fully demonstrates our strong 5G R&D and technical capability.”

With China’s continuing work in the IMT-2020 5G trial and 3GPP standardization process, Keysight will continue to closely engage with its partners to contribute to the advancement and commercialization of 5G.

This week, Keysight also announced that its mobile internet of things (IoT) test system was selected by China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI). Based on the E7515A UXM wireless test set, Keysight helps CMRI study the power consumption, RF, and positioning performance, and verification, of new IoT technologies, devices and products.

The mobile IoT module bridges the mobile IoT chipset and device, fulfills the specific requirements of IoT fragmentation applications, and helps with the quick deployment of new products. While the IoT module plays a key role in ensuring the quality of IoT applications, a standard testing platform and method is indispensable to ensure the key performance of the IoT module’s power consumption, RF and positioning capabilities. Lower power consumption means longer usage time and lower deployment and maintenance cost; superior RF performance means a more reliable network connection and greater stability; and precise positioning performance means the system is suitable for different application scenarios within the mobile environment.

“Keysight’s cellular IoT testing solution is the leading solution in the IoT industry and supports narrow-band IoT as well as enhanced machine type communication within the same platform,” said Garrett Lees, senior director, Keysight’s Operator and Test Lab Business. “Engineers can use this IoT test solution to verify a device’s power consumption, RF and positioning performance, while tracking their R&D progress and enhancing the overall competitiveness of their products.”