Anite, the wireless network measurement solutions provider, today (4 October 2013) announced that it is first to release support for a commercial LTE-A and carrier aggregation (CA) testing solution for mobile network operators and network infrastructure vendors.
Using the industry-leading test platform Nemo Outdoor, operators can monitor the performance and quality of their LTE-A networks.
LTE-A is the next stage in mobile telecommunications, which will allow operators to offer wireless services equivalent to 'fibre to your phone'. CA is a method used in LTE-A which allows mobile operators to increase the bandwidth and, consequently, the bitrates.
This is accomplished by combining spectrum resources. Each aggregated carrier is referred to as a component carrier, and each component carrier corresponds to a serving cell.
LTE-A CA measurements with Nemo Outdoor provide detailed information about the primary and secondary component carriers, including physical cell ID, signal levels and quality. Also link adaptation and radio resource allocation can be monitored among many other detailed LTE parameters.
The new carrier aggregation testing feature complements the testing capabilities of existing mobile technologies (2G, 3G, 4G) in addition to supporting the analysis and optimisation of heterogeneous networks where a combination of macro, pico and small cells are deployed to maximise coverage and capacity.
“Staying ahead in a fast-changing competitive environment means being first to deliver new functionality. The launch of LTE-A carrier aggregation testing with Nemo Outdoor underlines Anite’s leadership in cutting-edge technologies,” said Petri Toljamo, managing director at Anite’s Network Testing business.
He continued: “Key industry players are already preparing for LTE-A and carrier aggregation deployments. With our help operators can make sure their networks are optimised for providing the high data rates their customers are demanding.”
Nemo Outdoor with LTE-A carrier aggregation testing capabilities can now be demonstrated to selected customers.