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LTE Device Testing


Spirents LTE testing solutions ensure comprehensive performance evaluation and conformance testing of key service aspects of LTE mobile devices.
APPLICATIONS
Manufacturers:

Research & Development Design Verification Performance Analysis Benchmarking Regression Test Pre-Conformance Test Conformance Test Pre-launch Evaluation Acceptance Test Software Regression Test End User and Network KPI Analysis

Successful deployment of LTE technology is a massive, complex undertaking. By applying unique experience gained through deep involvement in mobile device performance testing, Spirent solutions help to prevent bottlenecks and costly resource drains in early LTE device deployments. When a mobile device causes issues, operators are held responsible; subscribers neither know nor care that the device may be the cause. Operators can lose subscriber revenue while absorbing increased operating and support costs. Leading operators in the forefront of early LTE deployments recognize these risks and are putting in place comprehensive device acceptance test plans to help mitigate them. Spirents unique LTE device test solutions address RF, Data, Mobility (Inter-RAT), Location-Based Services (LBS) and Simultaneous Voice and LTE (SVLTE) performance. A collaboration with leading test vendor AT4 wireless enables Spirent to also offer complete RF, Protocol and Radio Resource Management (RRM) Conformance testing to industry standards. LTE Performance and Conformance solutions make use of the same key test platform components. Spirents LTE solutions are scalable, making it easy to buy only what is needed to meet existing testing needs, then add capability as those needs evolve. This flexibility, coupled with the ability to cost-effectively upgrade existing Spirent CDMA or GSM/UMTS tests systems to add LTE capability, ensures that your investment in Spirent solutions continues to pay back throughout the product lifecycle. Due to the complexities inherent in LTE, device performance is now a more important component of a successful deployment than ever. Only Spirent has the industry-leading breadth and depth of experience in device performance testing to help ensure your success.

Operators:

BENEFITS

Reduce time to market run more tests on a single, automated platform Reduce device returns and customer churn through improved device quality identify system selection and other performance issues under repeatable multi-network conditions ddress the entire lifecycle of testing needs with a single solution A R&D, DVT, Benchmarking/Evaluation, Certification, Operator Acceptance, and Regression Testing ustomize your test schedule to your needs flexibility ensures C that you meet short-term requirements now and longer-term needs in the future

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KEY FEATURES

Conformance and performance testing on the same scalable platform Sophisticated, configurable, eAirAccess integrated LTE, CDMA2000/EV-DO and UMTS network emulation from Spirent enables simple generation of multi-system, multi-RAT scenarios ide range of test cases available for technology providers, W network operators and device manufacturers Protects existing investment in Spirent CDMA and UMTS solutions with a cost-effective upgrade path Powerful device automation and monitoring during testing Configurable parameters enable rapid generation of custom test cases

The continual test case release roadmap means that coverage evolves towards a projected 100% of the testing required in:

GPP TS 36.521-1 - User Equipment (UE) conformance 3 specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 1: Conformance Testing; GPP TS 36.521-3 - User Equipment (UE) conformance 3 specification; Radio transmission and reception; Part 3: Radio Resource Management (RRM) conformance testing GPP TS 36.523-1 - User Equipment (UE) conformance 3 specification; Part 1: Protocol conformance specification

CONFORMANCE TESTING AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION ON A SINGLE PLATFORM


The breadth of Spirents LTE test coverage means that you can start with the testing you need right now, confident in a straightforward path to meet your future testing needs. Whether the starting point is CDMA/EV-DO or GSM/UMTS testing, or a dedicated entry-level LTE station, Spirent offers upgrade paths that match solution capabilities to your testing requirements. With the 8100 system, your test capabilities evolve according to your planned testing schedule. Performance issues can affect subscriber acceptance and can impact subscriber support costs. Spirents LTE performance test solutions quantify device performance in the most critical areas. Beyond testing for conformance to industry specifications, the 8100 is indispensible in comparing device performance, gathering data for operational and support cost projections, or just for identifying issues that are not caught by basic conformance testing. A single set of hardware does more than help get your device ready for operator acceptance testing. Thanks to Spirents cooperation with AT4 wireless, the same platform used for performance testing can be re-used for pre-conformance testing or validated industry-standard LTE conformance testing.

To: Comprehensive Performance & Conformance Solutions

From: a single-cell E2010S running LTE Pre-Conformance or Validated Conformance Test Cases from AT4 wireless

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No Hidden Surprises
Spirent test solutions show you whats beneath the tip of the iceberg, so you can isolate and correct issues before deployment.

EXTREMELY FLEXIBLE EVOLUTION PATHS


Spirent systems are designed to help you extract the most value from your investment. If youre implementing a brand new testing station, you can start with a basic small-footprint bench-top conformance/performance testing system and add capabilities as you require them. An extremely rich set of options ensures that you can upgrade performance test cases (from Spirent) or conformance cases (from Spirent and AT4 wireless) so that your capabilities match your testing schedule. Owners of existing Spirent systems (for either GSM/UMTS or CDMA/EV-DO testing) have straightforward paths to LTE performance testing. By designing LTE solutions to re-use as much Spirent equipment as possible, owners of existing ULTS or C2KATS systems, for example, are one painless upgrade away from the worlds most advanced LTE testing.

HIGHLY CONFIGURABLE, CONTROLLABLE REAL WORLD TEST CONDITIONS


Spirent solutions make use of a fully-configurable, controllable environment including sophisticated Evolved Packet Core (EPC) emulation. Spirents award-winning eAirAccess network emulator is the most powerful and complete network emulation available for cellular device testing, including LTE and eHRPD. The resulting emulated multi-mode network is the heart of the industrys most complete platform for mobility testing, including Inter-RAT handovers and much more. The system is capable of emulating two carriers per RAN technology (CDMA, UMTS, LTE), up to 6 carriers and 13 cells/sectors. An integrated industry-standard SR5500 Wireless Channel Emulator adds fading and interference for real-world performance analysis of MIMO implementations, a key factor in LTE success.

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LTE TEST THEMES
Spirent LTE device testing solutions include performance testing, parametric testing and testing conformance to industry standards. In order to offer solutions based on expertise in key areas, some testing themes were developed through a partnership between Spirent and AT4 wireless. LTE test themes addressed by Spirent systems include:

TE Inter-RAT Inter-Radio Access Technology testing is a L critical component of LTE testing. For example, when LTE is overlaid with CDMA services (including eHRPD functionality) the mobile must be tested to ensure proper handover operation. LTE launches have already pointed out the importance of careful mobility testing of devices. LTE Location-Based Services (LBS) The last few years have proven that location-based applications are among the most popular used by wireless subscribers. Theres no question that they will continue to be important as LTE evolves. Of course, there are new complexities involved. For example, some LTE deployment bands are harmonically related to GPS signals and must be tested for interference. For another, satellite navigation is beginning to mean more than just A-GPS: some implementations will rely on GLONASS satellites while other deployments (e.g. Galileo) are just around the corner. Spirents undisputed leadership in Sat-Nav and LBS testing goes a long way toward ensuring the success of these vital services.

TE Data Retry Spirent pioneered Data Retry testing several L years ago, helping operators avoid network breakdowns and device manufacturers to avoid taking public blame for outages. How does a mobile device behave when it is denied service due to a failed service, gateway denial or unavailable network resource? Spirents LTE Data Retry testing finds out before your customers find out for you. TE Data Throughput A data-centric service such as LTE L requires detailed performance testing using various transport mechanisms, RF scenarios and data client setups. Industry leaders have publicly praised Spirents expertise in the fine points of wireless data performance testing. Today this knowledge base is the driving force behind automated data testing on the 8100 system.

Software offered by Spirent is designed for efficiency in the lab. Get all the information you need at a single glance.

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PGW SGW MME HSS
PCRF

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eNodeB eNodeB

BSC/PDF
NodeB 1X BTS

PDSN/FA

AN/PCF
NodeB eHRPDcapable EV-DO BTS

RNC GGSN LTE CDMA/EV-DO eHRPD UMTS SGSN MSC

eHRPD RNC HSGW PGW

Spirent offers the broadest range of LTE device testing, from Position Location to RF to Protocol to Data and beyond.

TE RF Performance wireless RF performance testing is L one of the areas in which Spirent has consistently proven technical and market leadership. The extension of this leadership into the LTE arena is evident in the RF performance test cases provided for 8100 system testing. TE RRM Performance Radio Resource Management is a L critical system-level factor in ensuring high-quality, costeffective LTE service delivery. While RRM conformance testing ensures that a device meets minimum RRM standards, network operators and device manufacturers want to know more. Spirents 8100 system delivers that information in an accurate, automated solution. TE SVLTE When LTE is an overlay to a CDMA/EV-DO L network, the current de facto standard for voice delivery is Simultaneous Voice Over LTE (SVLTE). In this arrangement, voice service is deployed as a 1x service running in parallel with LTE data services. This means protecting against potential unwanted interference between the two services and testing all relevant combinations with the automated Spirent system.

TE RF Parametric Most of the component elements of L the 8100 system can also be run as stand-alone bench-top instruments for debugging or detailed analysis, and the E2010S network emulator is no exception. In fact, the E2010S has dual use cases as a stand-alone instrument: when loaded with eAirAccess network software, the E2010S is the heart of a completely integrated multi-RAT emulated network. When loaded with AT4 wireless S3110B application, the E2010S becomes a powerful touch-screen-controlled TX/RX parametric tester offering multiple parameter views on a single screen. TE RF Conformance Spirent offers a comprehensive set of L RF FDD conformance test cases developed by LTE partner AT4 wireless TE Protocol Spirents 8100 system runs a comprehensive L set of test cases called out in the 3GPPs 36.523-1 test specification. LTE Radio Resource Management (RRM) Conformance Spirent offers repeatable, accurate testing according to the 3GPPs 36.521-3 test specification.

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ADDRESSES CRITICAL LTE RF DEPLOYMENT CHALLENGES
Realistic testing goes well beyond basic conformance requirements. Every LTE deployment faces a specific set of regional issues and spectrum usage issues. Released devices must not interfere with, nor be adversely impacted by, preexisting signals. For example, upcoming North American rollouts will be deployed in the 700 MHz band, where they need to be a good neighbor to signals such as:

DATA-SPECIFIC TESTING FOR A DATA-CENTRIC WORLD


Quantifying LTE data rates on live networks can be challenging, given the highly-variable nature of real-world RF environments. Insufficient device testing in this area leads to increased support costs, increased operational costs, and lost revenues due to unhappy subscribers. Spirent solutions provide fully-controllable environments and automated testing to ensure success for both operators and mobile device manufacturers. Thanks to Spirents legacy as the worlds leading provider of channel emulators, Spirent test systems include realistic RF channels for testing. Its not enough to know about data rates on a clean path lab setup. Its not even enough to know what happens with a small number of limited test scenarios. Spirent data testing gives you the flexibility to customize completely realistic and controllable network and RF environments for your testing.

Digital TV Public safety bands

As another example, in a US 700 MHz spectrum block, the second harmonic sits squarely in the middle of the GPS L1 channel. Interfering with any of these services risks the imposition of significant liabilities. In the same vein, an operator needs to know that the presence of these signals wont affect the ability to deliver quality service at a reasonable cost. Todays wireless subscriber is more sophisticated then ever, and the media focuses an increasing amount of attention on wireless service and device quality. As subscribers become more and more knowledgeable in comparing cellular offerings, operators need to ensure that they can deliver fast connection and set-up times without initiating unnecessary roaming charges. Testing with Spirent is the industrys most reliable way to make sure your deployment will be what you need it to be.

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SYSTEM COVERAGE RELATIVE TO CURRENT OFFERINGS*

Conformance
Platform Number 8100-B051 Description

Performance RRM Full LBS Partial SVLTE RF Data Partial

RF Full

Protocol Full

LTE Network Emulator Platform (Single Cell)

8100-B100 LTE RF Performance Test Platform

Partial

Partial

Partial

Partial

Full

Full

8100-B200

LTE Data Test Platform (w/ Option For Meas. Gaps) LTE RF/Data Test Platform (w/ Option For Meas. Gaps)

Partial

Partial

Partial

Full

Full

8100-B300

Partial

Partial

Partial

Full

Full

Full

Full

Spirents LTE Solutions offer flexible, scalable, coverage of performance and conformace testing needs. * Additional options and/or 3rd-party measurement equipment may be required for maximum coverage.

ORDERING INFORMATION
Please see related Spirent data sheets for detailed information:

SPIRENT 8100 MOBILE DEVICE TEST SYSTEM Inter-RAT data sheet SPIRENT 8100 MOBILE DEVICE TEST SYSTEM LTE Conformance Testing data sheet SPIRENT 8100 MOBILE DEVICE TEST SYSTEM LTE Data Retry data sheet SPIRENT 8100 MOBILE DEVICE TEST SYSTEM LTE Data Throughput data sheet SPIRENT 8100 MOBILE DEVICE TEST SYSTEM LTE Location-Based Services (LBS) Testing data sheet SPIRENT 8100 MOBILE DEVICE TEST SYSTEM LTE RF Parametric Test Solution data sheet SPIRENT 8100 MOBILE DEVICE TEST SYSTEM LTE RF Performance data sheet SPIRENT 8100 MOBILE DEVICE TEST SYSTEM SVLTE: 1x Voice In Presence of LTE Data data sheet SPIRENT 8100 MOBILE DEVICE TEST SYSTEM SVLTE: LTE Data Throughput Testing data sheet

Please contact your regional Spirent sales representative for detailed ordering information.

SPIRENT GLOBAL SERVICES


Spirent Global Services provides a variety of professional services, support services and education services all focused on helping customers meet their complex testing and service assurance requirements. For more information, visit the Global Services web site at www.spirent.com/gs or contact your Spirent sales representative.

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Spirent offerings for LTE device testing include solutions developed in partnership with AT4 wireless.

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