Rohde & Schwarz has validated the first conformance test case described in work item 186 for the IMS-based Rich Communication Suite 5.1 (RCS 5.1). Validation of the test case was carried out as part of the GCF Conformance and Interoperability Agreement Group Meeting #43 in Malaga, Spain.

RCS is based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) platform and supports functions including instant messaging, presence and multimedia content sharing during a video call and leading network operators are already planning the roll-out of RCS features like these. To ensure interoperability and proper functioning, conformance tests will in the future be mandatory for all wireless devices that support RCS 5.1.

For this purpose, Rohde & Schwarz offers network operators, manufacturers of wireless devices and chipsets as well as test houses the new R&S CMW-KAC15 option for the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester. Users can simply upgrade their existing Rohde & Schwarz protocol and IMS/VoLTE test solutions with the new software option.

By completing this validation, the company has covered all GCF work items (WI) and PTCRB requests for testing (RFTs) for IMS and VoLTE. Rohde & Schwarz not only claims that this makes it the company offering the greatest number of validated test cases but also the it is the only T&M manufacturer on the market to offer a complete conformance test portfolio ranging from RF and RRM conformance testing to protocol tests, all the way to location based services, data throughput and acoustics tests.

In addition, the Rohde & Schwarz test solutions meet the requirements of leading network operators around the world and are officially certified for their specific tests. This combination is also said to be the only one of its kind on the market.