Thursday, February 18, 2010

Anritsu Shows Handheld LTE Tester

Anritsu has extended its BTS Master handheld base station analyzer with new options to measure all defined LTE bandwidths and frequencies. The handheld instrument allows field engineers and technicians to conduct RF, modulation, and Over-the-Air (OTA) measurements on signals during the deployment, installation, and operation of LTE networks.

With the new options, Anritsu's tester provides RF and modulation quality measurement capabilities for LTE bandwidths from 1.4 MHz all the way through to 20 MHz. The company has also developed LTE options for its MT8222A BTS Master and MT8212E Cell Master, to offer operators testing flexibility. The LTE option for the MT8212E allows the handheld instrument to measure RF and modulation at 1.4 MHz, 3 MHz, 5 MHz, and 10 MHz bandwidths, while the option for the MT8222A extends its LTE bandwidth coverage down to 1.4 MHz. An existing option allowed the MT8222A to measure the 10 MHz bandwidth.

Anritsu said its solution allows users to validate the over-the-air performance of the complete eNode-B system, as well as troubleshoot problems with an LTE signal when the BTS Master and Cell Master analyzers are equipped with the OTA option. The OTA option can also be used to verify/validate LTE signal coverage with the instruments' scanner functionality.

The MT8212E is a handheld multi-function base station analyzer that combines all the tools required to deploy, maintain and troubleshoot wireless base stations into a lightweight, battery-operated package. BTS Master is an integrated multi-functional base station test tool that eliminates the need to carry and learn multiple test sets. In addition to RF, demodulation and OTA measurements, capabilities include spectrum analysis, precision return loss, VSWR, cable loss, distance-to-fault, two-port gain/loss, one- and two-port magnitude and phase, interference analysis, and spectrogram.