With 5 Downlink Carrier Aggregation (5DL CA) when used with MIMO downlink throughput speeds of 1Gbit/s will be possible as 5G enters commercial service in North America and Japan from mid-2018.
The PTCRB 5DL CA certification was introduced in April 2018 and Anritsu claims that the ME7873LA is the first test system to have obtained certification so far.
The ME7873LA is a test platform for verifying that the RF transmit characteristics of LTE/LTE-Advanced terminals are in full compliance with 3GPP standards.
In addition to legacy W-CDMA, the ME7873LA supports both the latest LTE-Advanced Pro, IoT standard and newer standards under discussion.
As well as R&D test functions, FDD and TDD mobile frequency bands and TRx tests are supported along with freely customised system configurations for performance and RRM tests.