New MLT2000 Test System Accelerates 5G Development and Deployment for the Mobile Communications and IoT Markets
SAN JOSE, California, February 21, 2019 – Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) along with W2BI, Inc., an Advantest Group company and global leader in automated device testing solutions for the mobile industry, will introduce the company's new Micro Line Tester (MLT™) MLT2000, a universal product for 5G device conformance and certification, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, February 25-28 at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. The new cost-effective system offers expandable multiple input/multiple output (MIMO), portability and the flexibility to support dual connectivity (4G and 5G) while supporting 3GPP and operator=specific test plans.
The path to 5G adoption is complex, with new opportunities and challenges abounding for mobile network operators, infrastructure providers, device manufacturers and end-users. Experts agree that 2019 will be the first year in which 5G technology sees material deployment. According to IHS Markit's Evolution from 4G to 5G: Service Provider Survey, 82 percent of mobile operators are busy with trials and testing of 5G technology.
For over a decade, W2BI has been at the forefront of test automation for IoT, LTE, UICC, multi-mode, VoLTE, device stability and other technologies. Today, it is a preferred partner in automating multifaceted strategic test plans for top network operators, device manufacturers, chip vendors and test labs.
In Advantest's stand #6J26 in Hall 6 at MWC, W2BI will demonstrate its new MLT2000 line of universal and portable micro line testers with cost-effective 5G testing capabilities that support the 3GPP 5G new radio (NR) protocol and functional tests for both sub-6-GHz and mmWave devices. The MLT2000 line enables R&D, interoperability, conformance, validation and production test teams to prepare 5G NR deployments in lockstep with 3GPP 5G standardization releases. Product demonstrations at MWC will showcase multi-wireless testing with partner octoScope, Inc., a provider of wireless personal testbeds for over-the-air (OTA) testing.
Dinesh Doshi, president of W2BI, said, "Our network simulation software gives operators as well as device vendors the ability to verify device readiness, performance and functions in a fully automated mode within a lab environment. To meet demanding 5G requirements, service operators require the most advanced test products to validate and certify devices, and W2BI is a proven leader in this field."
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