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Keysight Technologies Enables Activation of GCF Certification for 5G New Radio (NR) Standalone (SA) Mobile Devices

Keysight’s 5G radio frequency (RF) test coverage accelerates 5G NR mobile device certification for 5G NR standalone mode

SANTA ROSA, Calif., April 02, 2019

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced the company’s 5G RF Conformance Toolset was used to submit 5G new radio (NR) standalone (SA) test cases to the Global Certification Forum (GCF), enabling the independent certification body to activate certification of 5G NR SA mobile devices based on 3GPP standards.

In addition, Keysight was first to submit a 5G NR SA TTCN-31 protocol conformance test case to 3GPP RAN52 using Keysight’s 5G Protocol Conformance Toolset. These significant industry milestones support mobile operators’ early 5G NR deployments using a new and independent end-to-end network architecture in sub-6GHz (frequency range 1 or FR1) spectrum. They also enable the delivery of new 5G use cases that require enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), low-latency and ultra-high reliability capabilities.

“Standalone mode is a key aspect of 5G. This achievement is another key proof-point of Keysight’s pivotal role in advancing 5G development in standards organizations such as 3GPP, Global Certification Forum and PTCRB,” said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s wireless test group. “We are accelerating next-generation connectivity through our leading contributions to the standards.”

Protocol and RF conformance tests are a key enabler for chipset, device manufacturers and test labs to validate the performance of new 5G designs. Mobile operators and their ecosystems use Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions to validate new devices across sub-6GHz and mmWave frequency bands. Keysight’s suite of 5G network emulation solutions leverage the company’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform to address device development workflow from early design to acceptance and manufacturing. These compact solutions support the device certification process and scales to facilitate mobile device verification, as well as certification across radio frequency (RF), radio resource management (RRM) and protocol.

Earlier this year, Keysight gained GCF approval for 5G NR non-standalone (NSA) mobile device certification. The latest GCF approval extends Keysight’s test case coverage for both NSA and SA mode, enabling designers to confidently evolve with the latest 5G NR specifications. Keysight’s 5G Conformance Toolset offers the industry’s widest range of GCF 5G NR radio frequency SA test cases and frequency band combinations.

1 TTCN-3 (Testing and Test Control Notation version 3) is a core language that 3GPP uses to specify different types of reactive system tests over a variety of communication ports.
2 RAN5 is a workgroup within 3GPP that focuses on the specification of conformance testing at the radio interface for the User Equipment (UE).

About Keysight in 5G

Keysight’s industry-first 5G end-to-end design and test solutions enable the mobile industry to accelerate 5G product design development from the physical layer to the application layer and across the entire workflow from simulation, design, and verification to manufacturing, deployment, and optimization. Keysight offers common software and hardware platforms compliant to the latest 3GPP standards, enabling the ecosystem to quickly and accurately validate 5G chipsets, devices, base stations, and networks, as well as emulate subscriber behavior scenarios. Additional information about Keysight’s 5G solutions is available at www.keysight.com/find/5G.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor, and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $3.9B in fiscal year 2018. More information is available at www.keysight.com.

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