Anritsu, a global leader in wireless telecommunications test equipment, announces that it is the market’s leading supplier of the first industry approved protocol conformance test cases for mobile devices capable of receiving evolved multimedia broadcast multicast services (eMBMS) broadcasts. Anritsu submitted eMBMS test cases to the Global Certification Forum (GCF) ahead of the CAG #39 meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 8-9 2014, following an increase in network operator priority to bring this new technology to consumer markets this year. Anritsu's ME7834L protocol conformance test (PCT) system now provides validated test cases across bands for the U.S. market, including unique coverage in LTE Band 13. 

The eMBMS technology, sometimes referred to as LTE Multicast, allows content to be delivered to multiple users simultaneously through a common cellular connection. This provides significant network efficiencies over a unicast transmission where each user has his or her own connection. The U.S. and Korea are leading the way with eMBMS deployments, while cellular network operators in Europe and Australia are following the trend with the commencement of live trials. The technology is expected to deliver content such as mobile TV and radio, as well as emergency alerts.

Mike Lee, business unit director of Anritsu Protocol Wireless Test, commented, “This latest news follows soon after Anritsu’s world first with validated IMS Emergency Services test cases and shows our continued commitment to providing the earliest access to the most important new technologies in today's cellular networks. We are very pleased to support the advancement of the industry and the aims of our customers to bring their devices to market as soon as possible.”

The ME7834L is a test platform used to verify that LTE terminal and base station signaling communication procedures comply with 3GPP standards and has led the market in GCF and PTCRB LTE protocol validations since 2011. It supports market-leading LTE/LTE Advanced and VoLTE technologies, and is widely used for mobile carrier acceptance tests in North America and Asia. It is the ideal flexible test solution meeting most test objectives.