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Test & Measurement: NC, Virgina test labs gain CTIA certification

The Wireless Research Center of North Carolina is newly certified as a CTIA Authorized Test Lab – the only one in the state. AT4 Wireless’ lab in Herndon, Virginia received the accreditation from CTIA this week as well.

Wireless devices on all national cellular networks are required to be tested for mobile station radiated performance testing, and must be tested by a CATL using an over-the-air test procedure from CTIA in order to be certified.

“Receiving CTIA certification increases the Wireless Research Center’s testing capabilities and provide a strong marketing tool for economic development in our region,” said Dr. Gerard Hayes, president and CEO of the WRCNC. “We look forward to having a stronger presence in all levels of government and always look for ways to empower wireless technology users, from home security to mobile devices, in and around North Carolina.”

The center expects to see a “significant increase” in the number of tests they perform, both for testing standalone and integrated antennas. The WRCNC, located in Wake Forest, N.C., also does electrostatic discharge testing, as well as anechoic and acoustic testing. AT4 Wireless said that the CTIA authorization for testing will allow it to support manufacturers in RF performance tests and certification from CTIA as well as PTCRB and GCF. The company also offers carrier acceptance testing as part of its test packages.

 —Anritsu‘s ME7873L RF/RRM conformance test system and its ME7834L mobile device test platform have received the most test case validations across a single platform type for the carrier aggregation feature of LTE-Advanced, the company said. Earlier this year, Anritsu received the first PTCRB validations for CA radio frequency and radio resource management tests.

“The explosive increase in mobile data services, such as video streaming, is driving an urgent need to utilize greater RF bandwidths beyond current deployments,” said Wade Hulon, GM and VP at Anritsu. “Anritsu recognizes that the early availability of device conformance tests helps the industry offer these services with confidence. We intend to continue increasing the number of GCF/PTCRB test case validations on the ME7873L and the ME7834L to support the industry in upcoming deployments of LTE-Advanced.”

Anritsu also introduced a four-pulse amplitude modulation converter and 8PAM converter for its MP1800A BERT signal quality analyzer that allow generation of four- and eight-level PAM data signals for the testing of high-speed data transmissions of up to 32.1 gigabits per second. The additions are designed to support engineers in designing next-generation networks necessitated by data traffic due to cloud computing, streaming video and LTE services.

Anite‘s products director, Paul Beaver, spoke with RCR about trends in testing for devices and networks as new capabilities and features — particularly LTE-Advanced features — are being prepared for network integration. Watch the interview:

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Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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