A key milestone for 3G has been reached by Anritsu, with the completion of the first 3GPP High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) protocol conformance test case. HSUPA is a critical element in the delivery of high speed data rates on 3G mobile networks and this latest extension of 3G technology provides a major improvement to data transfer rates from the mobile terminal to the network by increasing uplink speeds from 384 kbps to 5.7 Mbps.

This represents a huge step forward, enabling the mobile industry to deliver commercially available HSUPA terminals. Availability of conformance test cases is critical for the certification of terminals that is required before commercial deployment, enabling the industry to deliver the range of mobile products and applications that will meet market and consumer expectation for the technology.

Anritsu is the first test and measurement company to submit such a test case to the 3GPP, building on its reputation as a leading supplier of W-CDMA test solutions for mobile terminals. The company has worked closely with the leading mobile terminal equipment suppliers within the industry to deliver this test case. As part of the 3GPP Release 6 specification, the TS34.123 test case was submitted to the 3GPP RAN-5 working group for approval in early September.