Modular, portable 5G RF spectrum analyzer

May 24, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Modular, portable 5G RF spectrum analyzer
Makes RF testing of 4G/LTE and 5G networks simpler and faster with real-time spectrum analysis bandwidth up to 100 MHz.

EXFO has introduced the 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer, a modular, field-focused RF testing system providing accurate visibility into 4G/LTE and 5G NR environments with the ability to analyze FR1(sub-6 GHz) and FR2 (mmWave) bands using a single, field-upgradeable unit.  

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 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer 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 techs and contractors to easily identify and resolve issues and close out jobs faster.

"We applied our field-focused expertise to RF testing, creating an innovative, modular solution that is ready to adapt as networks transform, one that helps operators resolve RF issues before they impact network capacity, quality of service, subscriber QoE or revenue," said Stéphane Chabot, EXFO's Vice President, Test and Measurement.

The 5GPro Spectrum Analyzer is available on the FTB 5GPro test kit for a complete all-in-one system used to validate 4G and 5G networks. In addition to RF testing, the FTB 5GPro supports fiber inspection and characterization, CPRI/eCPRI/O-RAN, RF spectrum analysis over CPRI, Ethernet (up to 100G) plus timing and synchronization. This comprehensive product 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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