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Keysight and MediaTek Verify Modem Technology Support for IoT and 5G over Non-Terrestrial Networks

  • Verification covers 5G New Radio and internet of things technologies based on 3GPP Release 17 standards for non-terrestrial networks
  • Achievement accelerates the development of commercial satellite communications

August 22, 2023

SANTA ROSA, Calif., – Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) and MediaTek have collaborated to verify that MediaTek’s 5G modem technology supports 5G New Radio (NR) and internet of things (IoT) technologies based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project’s (3GPP) Release 17 (Rel-17) standards for non-terrestrial networks (NTN). 

NTNs deliver secure, reliable, and high-bandwidth connectivity to remote areas that do not have terrestrial network coverage using satellites or high-altitude platforms. Ensuring that devices support 5G NR and IoT standards is a critical step to building NTNs to deliver ubiquitous mobile connectivity to businesses and individuals in rural areas. However, chipset and device makers must validate the functionality and performance of NTN devices before they are deployed onto commercial satellite communications networks.

Keysight integrates 5G network and real-world channel emulation hardware and software to create an end-to-end mixed terrestrial and space lab-based test bed to realistically simulate a wide range of orbit trajectories. The solution uses dynamic multipath propagation to emulate ground-to-satellite, satellite-to-ground, and ground-to-ground satellite links. This provides holistic performance verification of terrestrial and non-terrestrial infrastructure as well as 5G NTN devices.

The MediaTek 5G modem technology was verified using:

Ho-Chi Hwang, General Manager of Wireless Communication System and Partnerships at MediaTek, said: “The successful NTN collaboration with Keysight has helped us advance the development of our NTN technology, and positioned MediaTek as a pioneer in the development of commercial satellite communications services.”

Peng Cao, Vice President and General Manager at the Keysight Wireless Test Group, said: “Keysight is excited to have collaborated with MediaTek for these successful verifications, delivering important milestones on the road to commercial NTN service deployments. This early verification accelerates the industry’s move to the certification stage and commercial deployment.”

About Keysight Technologies

At Keysight (NYSE: KEYS), we inspire and empower innovators to bring world-changing technologies to life. As an S&P 500 company, we’re delivering market-leading design, emulation, and test solutions to help engineers develop and deploy faster, with less risk, throughout the entire product lifecycle. We’re a global innovation partner enabling customers in communications, industrial automation, aerospace and defense, automotive, semiconductor, and general electronics markets to accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Learn more at Keysight Newsroom and

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