Rohde & Schwarz and NTT DOCOMO have joined forces to develop an interoperability test package. NTT DOCOMO has now validated the package as NTT DOCOMO approved test equipment (D-ATE).

The D-ATE test package from Rohde & Schwarz provides the internal certification labs of wireless device and chipset manufacturers as well as test houses with a comprehensive, customized solution for testing the interoperability of their products with NTT DOCOMO’s 3G and 4G networks. NTT DOCOMO also uses the test solution in its product development lab. Users benefit from the comprehensive expertise Rohde & Schwarz possesses in the field of mobile communications as well as from the T&M expert’s global sales and service network. The company also offers test cases for future LTE frequency bands, SRVCC, LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation and VoLTE voice telephony.

Thanks to its far-reaching test scheme for interoperability between wireless devices and simulated base stations, NTT DOCOMO ?a pioneer in the rollout of 4G networks ?guarantees its customers the highest level of quality. D-ATE is an example of how NTT DOCOMO is striving to help manufacturers and suppliers worldwide shorten their time to market by providing extensive and scalable test automation. This validated test solution provides NTT DOCOMO with a set of reliable test results, which are an essential prerequisite to accept wireless devices for operation in their network.

According to Dietmar Vahldiek, Director of the Systems and Projects Subdivision at Rohde & Schwarz, "The D-ATE test package is the result of a close collaboration with NTT DOCOMO that goes back many years. We are very excited about continuing this strategic partnership with one of the leading mobile communications network providers and working together to drive the development of LTE."

Toshiyuki Futakata, Director of Radio Access Technology Group at NTT DOCOMO claimed, "With Rohde & Schwarz, we have a dependable, globally-positioned partner for innovative test solutions by our side. We expect the longstanding partnership to play a considerable role in reinforcing our position as a technological pioneer."