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Anritsu validates industry-first non-terrestrial network NB-IoT test case

06 February 2024

Anritsu Corporation reports that the first non-terrestrial network (NTN) narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) Protocol Conformance Tests have been validated on the 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR powered by Sony Semiconductor Israel's Altair device.

NTN NB-IoT is a key IoT feature that is useful in cases where the devices need to be deployed in remote regions without terrestrial cell network coverage. This is especially useful for asset tracking in maritime, logistics, mining, automotive and other areas.

The ME7834NR is a test platform for 3GPP-based Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier AcceptanceSource: Anritsu CorporationSource: Anritsu Corporation Testing (CAT) of mobile devices incorporating Multiple Radio Access Technologies. It supports 5G NR in both standalone and non-standalone, in addition to LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE-A Pro, W-CDMA, and now NTN. When combined with Anritsu’s OTA radio frequency (RF) chamber MA8171A and radio frequency converters, the ME7834NR covers the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G NR frequency bands.

The conformance tests are defined by 3GPP in TS 36.523-1 corresponding to core requirements in TS 36.331 and have been submitted to 3GPP Radio Access Network Working Group 5 (RAN WG5) by Anritsu.

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