Huawei reveals SG178 BTS Antenna testing system

Huawei announced the first SG178 multi-probe spherical near-field testing system which comes with radiating characteristics testing for Base Transceiver Station (BTS) antenna during product development and production.

The test accuracy will be twice in this system compared to indoor far field and near field test range with support for more antenna types and wider frequency bands.

This system has become the only testing system in the industry to support active antenna and Massive MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) OTA (Over-The-Air) tests.

The development of MBB has led to new challenges for the antenna test technique from the perspectives of efficiency, accuracy, and testing function.

There are three major testing systems for BTS antenna testing, namely indoor far field test range, spherical near-field test range, and compact test range.

Multi-probe spherical near-field test range can fulfill demands of BTS antenna in test efficiency and accuracy.

Therefore, it has been widely applied around the globe and has become a mainstream standard solution for BTS antenna testing.

“In order to help operators construct high quality MBB networks that satisfy future network evolution requirements, Huawei is committed to providing best-performance future-oriented antenna solutions, which address the challenges faced by operators in the imminent transition to a new era of MBB and further assist operators to achieve commercial success,” conveyed Zhou Taoyuan, president, Antenna Business Unit, Huawei.

Huawei provides multiple SG128 multi-probe spherical near-field test ranges, claiming to offer passive and active antenna solutions to meet the demands of Massive MIMO techniques for network evolution.

The SG178 testing system, provides 178 probes, doubling the test accuracy; a 20-fold increase in test efficiency compared to far field test range; and the unique testing system in the industry to support active antenna and Massive MIMO OTA tests.

Testing capability aids in antenna development, with accurate testing cutting down the required time for antenna development.

Huawei has also released a series of innovative antenna and AAU products with the help of these advanced testing systems while also investing in the research of future antenna key technology, including new spectrums and Massive MIMO.

Huawei reported recently that its revenue rose 40 percent in the first half of the year to 245.5 billion yuan or $36.67 billion from 175.9 billion yuan in the same period last year.