Smallest LTE Test-Mobile Solution Debuts At MWC 2009
This mobile solution is configured in a 13- by 16- by 2-cm footprint. According to mimoOn and Cetecom, it is also optimized for processing power and power consumption—features that will enable this solution to flow into mobile platforms upon LTE’s arrival. Sandbridge Technologies’ SB3500 processor holds the baseband, and radio frequency can support multiple bands via front-end upgrades. This solution boasts 20 MHz channel bandwidths, several MIMO configurations, 100 Mbits/s downlink, and 50 Mbits/s uplink. Adding to its flexibility, this solution is entirely software defined, making modifications after deployment easy, according to the companies.
"As leading service operators plan to deploy LTE networks in 2009, the major roadblock is the availability of small form-factor and low-cost Test-Mobile platforms for system testing, radio planning, network optimization, operation and maintenance," says mimoOn's CEO Thomas Kaiser. "Today's LTE prototypes are bulky and not suited for easy portability and testing in the field; the new innovative design will expedite the rollout of LTE and bring the advantages of true mobile broadband to the consumer."
This solution can also carry out coverage measurement, interference measurements, performance data (QoS readings), and scanner functions. Via a GUI, configuration display, and control, trace and logging can be carried out. Also, automated testing will be available through scriptable interfaces, real-time charting, capture, and playback.
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