PCTEST Lab acquires a fully integrated OTA test system from Rohde & Schwarz to keep up with increasing demands for testing and certifying 4G/LTE devices

R&S TS8991 Wireless Performance Test Chamber
PCTEST Expands 4G/LTE Over-the-Air and Antenna Testing Capabilities with Rohde & Schwarz -- PCTEST Lab acquires a fully integrated over-the-air test system from Rohde & Schwarz to keep up with increasing demands for testing and certifying 4G/LTE devices.

PCTEST Engineering Laboratory, Inc. (PCTEST LAB), an accredited testing laboratory for wireless testing and certification, has expanded its over-the-air (OTA) conformance testing capabilities with the purchase of a CTIA-compliant R&S TS8991 Wireless Performance Test Chamber (WPTC) from Rohde & Schwarz. The R&S TS8991 OTA Test System is configured with hardware and software extensions for legacy and LTE A-GPS, a R&S ZND vector network analyzer for passive antenna measurements and faster system calibrations, and a second antenna boom with additional R&S NRP power sensors for faster total radiated power (TRP) measurements. The entire system is controlled via R&S AMS32 wireless performance software.

As the number of technologies and the variety of mobile devices continue to increase, the ability to verify a device's radiated performance is becoming more important to ensure end-user quality of experience (QoE). For 4G/LTE, there are major developments involving the internet of things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, LTE at 5GHz (LTE-U), assisted global navigation satellite system (A-GNSS), and Carrier Aggregation (CA), which are driving the need for improved as well as additional OTA tests required for both carrier acceptance and industry conformance test plans.

"As wireless devices become more specialized and continue to push the boundaries of transmission efficiency, the ability to fully characterize a device in an over-the-air environment is becoming more critical," says Randy Ortanez, President of PCTEST Lab. "Every day we are seeing the acceptance bar being raised and more test cases defined from operators and standard bodies such as CTIA and 3GPP. To meet these growing demands, we are very pleased to be working with our partner Rohde & Schwarz who is able to deliver and support a complete turn-key solution for our OTA testing needs."

PCTEST Engineering Laboratory (Columbia, Maryland USA)
PCTEST Lab is a leading independent test laboratory offering one-stop conformance, performance, and regulatory testing of wireless devices in accordance with industry and 3GPP/3GPP2 technical requirements, including RF, Protocol, RRM, Release 10 Carrier Aggregation and carrier-specific test plans. PCTEST Lab is an approved VoLTE Lab, LTE/CDMA Safe-For-Network (SFN) Lab, an Open Development Lab, an OTA Antenna Performance Lab, as well as an A-GPS test facility for major U.S. carriers including GCF and PTCRB certifications. For more information regarding PCTEST Lab's test services, visit www.pctestlab.com or email info@pctestlab.com.

Rohde & Schwarz
The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, secure communications, cybersecurity, radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. The electronics group is among the world market leaders in its established business fields. On June 30, 2014, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9800 employees. It achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.75 billion in the 2013/2014 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It also has regional headquarters in Singapore and Columbia, Maryland, USA, to manage its operations in these regions.

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