Anritsu Corporation announced that its Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A successfully achieved a downlink (DL) throughput over 7 Gbps using frequency range 1 (FR1) and frequency range 2 (FR2) dual connectivity (DC) technology and 256-QAM modulation in 5G standalone (SA) mode, in conjunction with MediaTek’s latest M80 5G modem. This industry-first achievement demonstrates Anritsu’s commitment to contribute to the development and wider rollout of new 5G services, which, through its collaboration with MediaTek, verifies leading-edge 5G technology features.

Together, MediaTek and Anritsu have been focusing on development and testing of FR1+FR2 technologies and functions. Increasing data throughput based on FR1+FR2 DC and 256-QAM has been one of the latest successes in this ongoing partnership.

FR1+FR2 DC combines FR1 and FR2 technologies to improve data throughput per user by grouping cell base stations with different frequency ranges to transmit data. The 256-QAM modulation technology uses advanced RF and signal-processing technologies to support faster communications by sending eight bits of data in a single symbol.

Increased data throughput has been a key factor in facilitating rich mobile services, and the combination of FR1+FR2 DC technology with 256-QAM supporting DL throughput speeds greater than 7 Gbps represents an important milestone in the future growth of 5G services. Anritsu, in partnership with MediaTek, will continue to play a proactive role in future development of leading 5G communications technologies.

 “Anritsu’s powerful test platform has helped prove the technology-leading capabilities of the MediaTek M80 5G modem,” said JS Pan, general manager of Wireless Communication System and Partnership at MediaTek. “Our continued partnership with Anritsu will lead to early development and faster time to market for our global 5G mobile devices.”

On achieving this joint test result, Takeshi Shima, president of Test & Measurement Company, Anritsu Corporation said, “By offering our leading test solutions, Anritsu is happy to have assisted MediaTek in development of its market-leading 5G products. We look forward to continuing our future partnership with MediaTek in clearing the path for advanced 5G to contribute to building a happy and rich global culture through new wireless technology.”

The Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A is an all-in-one platform supporting RF and protocol testing, functional and application operation testing, beam characteristics testing and more. As well as supporting non-standalone- and SA-mode base-station simulation functions required for development of 5G chipsets and terminals, the MT8000A covers FR1 frequency bands, including 600 MHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz, 4.5 GHz, and 6 GHz unlicensed bands, as well as the FR2 24 GHz, 28 GHz, 39 GHz and 43 GHz mmWave bands, to support all the main bands used by 5G services. Additionally, it supports the functions required for high-speed communications, such as 4 x 4 MIMO in FR1, 8CC and 256-QAM in FR2, as well as supporting the latest 3GPP Release 16 features. Furthermore, the MT8000A provides a versatile and efficient test environment that is easily configured using a simple user interface and software to test device performance.