Anritsu announced that its NB-IoT Uplink Tx Measurement MX887067A software and NB-IoT Downlink Waveforms MV887067A package now support 3GPP RF measurement tests for NB-IoT devices.
With new capabilities the software packages strengthen the functions of popular Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A.
The new application software packages can be used to simplify test program creation and automate measurement, cutting customers’ test software development man-hours by about 90 percent, Anritsu claims.
NB-IoT, a wireless technology developed for IoT, is expected to be used by cellular networks for applications in various fields, such as smart meters, smart cities, package delivery tracking, agriculture, etc.
Installing the latest NB-IoT options in the MT8870A enables evaluation of communications equipment with built-in NB-IoT functions as well as tests of the RF TRx characteristics of modules, Anritsu said.
Additionally, these same options are bundled with a PC application supporting signal analysis to assist customers with development work and design testing.
A fully automatic measurement application is provided for controlling measuring instruments and chipsets at prototyping and mass-production testing.
Anritsu expects this NB-IoT measurement solution to help promote the spread of IoT devices.
NB-IoT devices are expected to spread rapidly as carriers in N. America, Europe, and China start to deploy services, followed by Japan in 2018, according to Anritsu.