The rapid increase in number of used carriers and MIMO streams in modern LTE devices introduce new challenges when measuring radio performance. This white paper gives an introduction to Over-the-Air (OTA) measurements of such devices and what to consider when moving from a conducted measurement to measurements in a multipath faded OTA environment.
We are in the forefront of providing measurement solutions for the newest communication systems. We don’t let you wait for measurement solutions supporting technologies that is introduced now. A proof of that is our introduction of MIMO functionality already in 2009 and support for 2 component carrier aggregation (2CC) in 2013. Our system today supports all currently released configurations including up to six downlink or four 4x4 MIMO carriers (TDD, FDD or a mix) as well as two uplink carriers. You can measure the aggregated data throughput as well as throughput per carrier or receiver sensitivity and transmitter power per carrier.
Multipath fading has for many years been a problem for mobile communication engineers, to be overcome by designing systems that have sufficient signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) or signal-to-interference ratio (SIR) margins. The fading is caused by multiple reflections in walls and ceilings (indoors) or cars and buildings (outdoors) that add constructively or destructively at the location of the terminal or base station antennas.