Anritsu Co. announces that South Korea’s leading mobile operator, KT Corp., has selected the new Anritsu Field Master Pro™ MS2090A RF handheld spectrum analyzer to test the world’s first 5G nationwide network in the sub-6 GHz band. The Field Master Pro was selected because it supports 5G New Radio (NR) demodulation measurements in a field portable instrument and has continuous frequency coverage to 14 GHz for spurious and harmonic measurements, which allows the handheld spectrum analyzer to address the demanding field measurement requirements for 5G NR.
The Field Master Pro MS2090A is being used by KT to install its 5G network and validate base station performance in the field. Among the challenging field measurement requirements for 5G NR being met with the handheld spectrum analyzer are RF spectrum and signal demodulation tests, including cell ID, beam ID, RSRP/RSRQ, SINR and EVM, in all 5G bands. The Field Master Pro MS2090A can also be configured to cover up to 54 GHz to support the 5G mmWave radios at 28 and 39 GHz.
“KT has clearly established itself as an industry leader with the rollout of the first commercial 5G network in the world. Anritsu is proud to be part of this transcendent moment in the wireless industry by supplying the Field Master Pro MS2090A to verify the new network meets the stringent 5G performance standards,” said Donn Mulder, president and CFO, Anritsu Co.
“Anritsu delivers ideal test solutions that have helped us evolve our 5G NR base station installation and maintenance work,” said Oh Bum Seok, VP of Mobile Access Network Quality Department in KT Corp. “Anritsu’s solution will contribute to the stabilization of our 5G service.”
Yu Hyun-Kil, president of the Korean division of Anritsu, said, “Anritsu is very happy to be working with KT to build a 5G NR network using the Anritsu MS2090A. We will continue to work together to actively support the 5G NR field test task.”
KT launched its 5G network on December 1, 2018. The new service was deployed in the greater Seoul metropolitan area, as well as in other major cities and isolated areas. KT plans to expand its nationwide 5G network to 24 major cities, key transport routes, large universities and shopping areas.