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Modular, portable 5G RF spectrum analyser

24 November 2021 Test & Measurement

EXFO recently introduced the 5GPro spectrum analyser, representing what it claims is the only modular, field-focused RF testing solution providing accurate visibility into 4G/LTE and 5G NR environments with the ability to analyse FR1 (sub-6 GHz) and FR2 (mmWave) bands using a single, field-upgradeable solution.

Mobile network operators need to support and maintain new 5G deployments as well as existing 4G/LTE installations. At the same time, cell densification and emerging 5G innovations – including beamforming and massive MIMO together with new mmWave spectrum and CBRS/C-bands – are making the RF environment complex to navigate for operators and field technicians. All this results in significant new operational challenges and the need for different, innovative test processes.

The instrument strikes the right balance between functionality and portability in a compact design that delivers accurate RF over-the-air (OTA) measurements. Designed with simplicity in mind, it enables field technicians and contractors to easily identify and resolve issues and close out jobs faster.

The 5GPro spectrum analyser is available on the FTB 5GPro test kit. In addition to RF testing, the FTB 5GPro supports fibre inspection and characterisation, CPRI/eCPRI/O-RAN, RF spectrum analysis over CPRI, Ethernet (up to 100 Gbps), plus timing and synchronisation. This comprehensive solution reduces the number of devices field technicians need to carry, speeding up jobs and reducing overall total cost of ownership for operators and contractors.




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