Keysight’s S8704A protocol conformance toolset was used to submit the first verifications of 3GPP Release 16 Dual-Connectivity protocol test cases. These test cases are for devices supporting the 5G E-UTRAN New Radio (NR) Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) configuration for 5G NR non-standalone devices. The EN-DC configuration enables operators to use 4G (E-UTRAN) and 5G (NR) network resources simultaneously.
The test cases, submitted for verification to 3GPP RAN5, allow chipset and device vendors to verify functionality related to the Multi-Radio Dual Connectivity (MR-DC) and NR Carrier Aggregation (CA) enhancements defined in R16. Implementing R16 improves 5G network coverage, capacity, security, and latency, as well as 5G device power consumption, mobility, and reliability. The verifications ensure protocol compatibility with R16 standards and accelerate the verification of designs supporting R16 features by device vendors.
The S8704A enables users to verify the protocol signaling implementation of a design and confirm compliance to 3GPP 5G specifications. The toolset is part of Keysight’s suite of 5G network emulation solutions, which uses the UXM 5G wireless test platform to address the device development workflow, from early design through acceptance and manufacturing.
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