Rohde & Schwarz supports NB-IoT base-station testing at CMCC

Dec. 22, 2016

Munich, Germany. With growing demand for LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) services and applications as part of the Internet of Things (IoT), 3GPP has developed Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) as a new cellular air interface that is fully adapted to the requirements of machine type communications. China Mobile Communications Corp. (CMCC) has chosen Rohde & Schwarz as a partner to perform the first NB-IoT base-station tests in accordance with Release 13 Cat-NB1. The CMCC team tested the base station’s RF performance. Their efforts included test cases in area of transmission power, spectrum analysis, group timing and delay, and coverage capability. In the next step, performance tests will include fading scenarios, with the the fading capabilities of the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator offering a one-box solution.

Rohde & Schwarz’s well-established solution for base-station testing for generation and analysis of NB-IoT signals consists of the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator and the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer, which have been already used at leading manufacturers of mobile network infrastructure for base-station tests. The NB-IoT signal analysis is performed by the R&S VSE vector signal explorer software option, which will be available soon. Users will be able to upgrade to NB-IoT capability to support NB-IoT eco system success.

For IoT applications such as smart metering or tracking, low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) are needed. Current technologies rely mainly on 2G and 3G. The new 3GPP standard NB-IoT, which is based on 4G technology, fulfills the general requirements for cellular IoT networks such as wide coverage, improved reception indoors, very low power consumption, low device cost, and support of massive numbers of devices.

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