Anritsu and MediaTek achieve FR1+FR2 dual connectivity for 5G rollout

Achieving what is claimed to be an industry first, Anritsu announces that its radio communication test station MT8000A has achieved a downlink throughput over 7Gbits per second using FR1+FR2 dual connectivity and 256QAM in 5G standalone mode in conjunction with MediaTek’s M80 5G modem. This increased data throughput is cited as a key factor in facilitating mobile services and new services for 5G.

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 256QAM technology uses RF and signal processing technologies to support faster communications by sending 8-bits of data in a single symbol.

The combination of FR1+FR2 DC technology with 256QAM supporting downlink throughput speeds greater than 7Gbits per second represents an important milestone in future growth of 5G services, says Anritsu.

The radio communication test station MT8000A supports RF and protocol testing, functional and application operation testing and beam characteristics testing. In addition to supporting both NSA and SA-mode base station simulation functions required for development of 5G chipsets and terminals, it also covers FR1 frequency bands, including 600MHz, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 and 6.0GHz unlicensed bands, as well as the FR2 24, 28, 39 and 43GHz mmWave bands, to support all the main bands used by 5G services.

It also supports the functions required for high-speed communications, such as 4 x 4 MIMO in FR1, 8CC and 256QAM in FR2 and the latest 3GPP Release 16 features. The MT8000A can be configured using a simple user interface and software to test device performance.

MediaTek is a global fabless semiconductor company that enables nearly 2bn connected devices a year. It develops SoCs for mobile device, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT products for mobile technologies, automotive solutions and a broad range of advanced multimedia products such as smartphones, tablets, digital televisions, 5G, voice assistant devices (VAD) and wearables.

Anritsu provides communications test and measurement products and engages customers to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multi-dimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimisation. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for 5G, M2M, IoT, as well as other emerging and legacy wireline and wireless communication markets.

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