Rohde & Schwarz conformance test cases approved by GCF

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Test equipment maker Rohde & Schwarz has had its latest 5G NR (New Radio) protocol conformance test cases approved by the Global Certification Forum (GCF).

The approval means that the company now has over 500 GCF-certified protocol conformance test cases, more than any other in the industry, according to Rohde & Schwarz.

Conformance approval is an important step in bringing mobile devices to the market.

In order to ensure cellular devices will work in various mobile networks, they need to be certified by testing labs accredited by certification bodies such as GCF, PTCRB or CTIA.

Meeting all the 3GPP based testing criteria can be difficult and costly for device manufacturers, especially with the advent of 5G NR which has significantly increased the amount of test cases thanks to the large number of supported band combinations, deployment options and evolving standards.

Rohde & Schwarz test cases were approved at the GCF CAG#72 meeting last month, the company said.

The latest verification of test cases at the GCF CAG#72 meeting enables Rohde & Schwarz to provide 41 certified test cases for the latest Rel. 16 features, including self-organizing network-minimized drive test technology (SON-MDT), radio capability signaling optimization (RACS), NR mobility enhancement, or enhancement of network slicing (eNS).

The GCF-certified protocol conformance test cases are available via Rohde & Schwarz’s GCF test platform TP292, which comes with its CMX500 radio communication tester.