Keysight, Sprint to Accelerate Commercial Deployment of 5G Technology

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that Sprint has selected Keysight´s 5G network emulation solutions to validate the performance of 5G new radio (NR) mobile devices, accelerating US 5G commercial deployment of fixed wireless access (FWA) and enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) applications, the company said.

This collaboration leverages Keysight´s 5G Protocol and RF Carrier Acceptance Toolsets — part of the company´s suite of 5G network emulation solutions — to optimize the end-users´ experience while accessing 5G services on the mobile operator´s network. In addition, the collaboration has resulted in a carrier-specific test plan covering both protocol and radio frequency (RF) tests in frequency range 1 (FR1).

The test plan supports a wide range of use cases and mobility scenarios, including voice calls, access to data intensive applications and battery life to ensure new 5G NR devices deliver a superior subscriber experience.

Keysight´s 5G Carrier Acceptance Toolsets support a number of carrier acceptance 5G NR RF and protocol test cases as mandated by Sprint and other major US mobile operators. Sprint also uses Keysight´s Nemo RAN analytics software solutions to automate the acceptance of new 5G sites, to faster network implementation and improved quality of service.

Keysight´s 5G network emulation solutions enable device makers in all key markets, including the US, Japan, South Korea, Europe, and China, to address 5G design challenges. The solution suite provides early access to a comprehensive range of test cases on a common platform. By addressing global test requirements on a single solution platform, Keysight enables the mobile industry to achieve rapid validation of device performance and consistent results, accelerating certification of 5G multi-mode devices in different form factors.

Keysight´s industry-first 5G end-to-end design and test solutions enable the mobile industry to accelerate 5G product design development from the physical layer to the application layer and across the entire workflow from simulation, design, and verification to manufacturing, deployment, and optimization. Keysight offers common software and hardware platforms compliant to the latest 3GPP standards, enabling the ecosystem to quickly and accurately validate 5G chipsets, devices, base stations and networks, as well as emulate subscriber behaviour scenarios. Additional information about Keysight´s 5G solutions is available at www.keysight.com/find/5G.

Keysight Technologies is a technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight´s solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of USD 3.9B in fiscal year 2018. More information is available at www.keysight.com.