Test and Measure: LTE Testing and Deployment Continues to Grow – Mobile Technology | Wireless broadband | Wireless operators
Testing for LTE devices continues to evolve, with Spirent Communications’ Announcing the availability of validated LTE location compliance tests for GCF certification for “each mobile device supporting the LTE positioning protocol defined by 3GPP for LTE networks”.
Testing has been available on Spirent’s 8100 location technology solution for more than a year, the company said, but only received official GCF certification this week.
Spirent noted that such compliance tests “are essential to assess the ability of the mobile device to support next-generation location services, a key factor in the commercial success of LTE deployments around the world.”
Speaking of these LTE deployments, the World Association of Mobile Phone Providers updated its LTE network tracking this week and said 194 operators in 75 countries have now launched commercial networks, with 107 commercial launches last year. The GSA said a total of 443 operators in 130 countries are investing in LTE, with 391 firm commitments to the technology and 52 more operators in LTE trials, tests or studies.
LTE, said the GSA, is “the fastest and fastest consumer mobile system technology ever to be deployed.”
Alan Hadden, president of GSA, called LTE an “industry success” and added that GSA has raised its market outlook on LTE “due to the accelerating pace of engagements and deployments. The GSA predicts that there will be 260 commercially launched networks in 93 countries by the end of 2013. ”
In other news on tests and measurements, Rohde & Schwarz This week launched a new all-in-one testing system for delivering audio, video and multimedia applications. The R&S Broadcasting Test Center aims to streamline research, development and testing for chipset and receiver manufacturers as well as test houses, and is also designed for use by satellite equipment manufacturers, network operators and regulators, among others.
Mathias Leutiger, Marketing Product Manager for T&M Services Delivery for Rohde & SChwarz, said at a press conference yesterday that BTC will help reduce time to market in a very competitive space where the speed of development is emphasized.
“Obviously, the R&D and QA departments have less and less time for intensive and in-depth testing, and repeatable testing,” he said, adding that BTC is designed to be used. from R&D to the finished product.