Anritsu adds remote spectrum monitor to maximize network capacity

Anritsu Company remote spectrum monitor

Anritsu Company today introduced Remote Spectrum Monitor to assist telecom operators to improve RoI and maximize mobile network capacity.

Remote Spectrum Monitor does not have a display or keyboard. It is designed to automate the method of conducting radio surveillance, interference detection, and government spectrum policy enforcement.

Flexibilities and cost efficiencies to network management are the main advantages to telecoms, said Anritsu.

“Telecom network operators have asked for a scalable and integrated solution to meet the test needs of their wireless network from a performance and cost perspective. Government regulators are often interested in monitoring the spectrum for illegal or unlicensed broadcasts,” said Gerald Ostheimer, corporate VP at Anritsu.

The wireless testing solutions maker said the remote spectrum monitor features two spectrum monitor modules at introduction. Each module has power of arrival (POA) algorithms to monitor for interference and approximate the position where the interfering signal is being generated.

Anritsu said the MS27102A is certified with an IP67 rating. The company said the solution is suitable for outdoor monitoring applications and wall- or pole-mounted environment. The MS27102A performs in extreme weather conditions since the T&M solution works in operating temperature range of –40 degrees C to +55 degrees C, one (or optionally two) weather-resistant RF In ports.

The MS27103A is also designed for multiple antenna applications that cover wide frequency ranges. The rack-mountable multi-port RF In probe constantly monitors the spectrum to ensure optimal performance.

Anritsu has developed this monitor for cellular operators requiring spectrum monitoring coverage for multiple sectors and numerous frequencies per sector at their BTS locations. It covers 9 kHz to 6 GHz and the probes have sweep rates up to 24 GHz/s. The modules consume < 11 watts of power.

This apart, Anritsu has developed Vision Application Software to automate collecting measurement data, providing useful information about network health and spectrum use. Vision Monitor automatically records spectrum data, maintains a searchable spectrum history database, enables alarm functions for unusual signal activity and provides tools for managing the spectrum monitoring system.

Users can also write custom monitoring program applications using available SCPI commands. Each pair of IQ data output is time-stamped using high precision GPS signals, allowing the IQ data to be used for Time Distance of Arrival (TDOA) applications for geo-locating signal positions. IQ data time stamp resolution is less than 9 nSec for precise signal location calculations.

Using either Chrome or FireFox, users can log in to the spectrum monitor module and control any of its features using a PC/laptop, tablet or smartphone. Each module features Gbit Ethernet for fast transfers of measurement data and control information.

Baburajan K
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