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5G Base Station Test Solutions Catalog




5G New Radio (NR) introduces wider bandwidths, millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies, massive multiple input / multiple output (mMIMO), beamforming, and other innovations that radically change the design, test, and optimization of base stations. Network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) need reliable and cost-effective base station test solutions that span the workflow — from the R&D lab to field test through volume manufacturing.


Through early partnerships with key players across the 5G landscape, Keysight has developed the technology and expertise to help test engineers overcome new challenges. Keysight’s innovative 5G NR base station test solutions use common software and precise measurement science, providing maximum reliability and cost effectiveness.


Channel emulation solutions


PROPSIM FS16 and F64 RF channel emulators


Keysight’s PROPSIM 5G channel emulation solutions enable network equipment manufacturers to conduct full-stack, end-to-end protocol signaling and RF performance testing of base stations across sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies.


PROPSIM F16 and F64 RF channel emulators support the following:


• standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes

• 5G NR coexistence scenarios

• Wi-Fi offloading scenarios


Waveform generation and analysis solutions


5G R&D Testbed


Keysight’s 5G R&D Testbed leverages Keysight’s VXG microwave signal generator and UXA Series signal analyzer to validate the performance of 5G NR base stations (gNodeBs or gNBs) according to the latest 3GPP standards


When used in conjunction with Keysight software products, the Testbed provides analysis and insights into the over-the-air performance of 5G NR gNBs, MIMO phased array antennas, and beamforming mmWave antenna arrays


RAN validation solutions




UeSIM validates 5G radio access network (RAN) functionality and performance in the lab and the field. The solution provides these capabilities


• full protocol stack assessment from Layer 1 to Layer 7

• functional testing — layer by layer — for potentially thousands of UEs

• load testing of 5G RAN — SA and NSA modes


Open RAN studio


Open RAN Studio includes O-RAN-focused tools to construct, play, capture, and measure O-RAN traffic over 10 Gbps to 25 Gbps (fronthaul) Ethernet interfaces. The software provides beamforming support and enables analysis of frequency range 1 (FR1) and FR2 radio downlink and uplink paths


Virtual Drive Testing


Keysight’s Virtual Drive Testing Toolset is a lab-based performance and interoperability test solution. It spans the R&D workflow to enable evaluation, characterization, and performance optimization for 5G NR base stations


5G Field Test Solutions


Air interface field measurement


Fieldfox phased array antenna control


Keysight’s FieldFox handheld analyzer, combined with a phased array antenna, provides a portable solution for measuring and analyzing the 5G air interface in the field. The planar phased array antenna supports multiple beam widths that you can use for channel acquisition, RF probing, and signal-to-noise ratio enhancement. It provides the following benefits:


• measures signal power level across azimuth and elevation from base stations

• reduces measurement complexity by capturing energy radiated from gNB

• simulates 5G UE antenna performance with calibrated mmWave phased array antenna


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