Keysight enables GCF to activate 5G NR FR2 device certification

October 30, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Keysight S8705A RF/RRM DVT and Conformance Toolset
5G NR frequency range 2 (FR2) device makers are now able to validate designs across multiple complex network scenarios from a single platform.

Keysight Technologies has enabled the Global Certification Forum (GCF) to activate certification of 5G new radio (NR) frequency range 2 (FR2) devices. This allows 5G device makers to address 3GPP-based 5G NR FR2 test requirements from a single platform.

The certification was activated by the conformance agreement group (CAG) at the most recent GCF meeting using Keysight's S8705A RF/RRM DVT and Conformance and S8704A Protocol Conformance Toolsets. As a result, organizations can leverage wider bandwidths at mmWave spectrum to address enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) applications such as high data rate intensive streaming, wireless broadcasting, gaming as well as augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

"The GCF-approval of the first FR2 test cases supports a growing trend in using mmWave spectrum to deploy 5G NR for high-density, short-range connectivity in metropolitan areas and private networks such as for smart factory applications," said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager for Keysight's wireless business group. "Twenty percent of the four-hundred and forty-four 5G devices announced to date support mmWave spectrum and more than twenty mobile operators are already deploying 5G services in FR2.”

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