Cellular technologies have been an integral part of wireless technologies for many years and are still frequently used in a wide range of industries and products.
Depending on the field of application, the 2G/3G/4G technologies, which have been established for years, are also used. Currently, the latest generation of cellular technologies – 5G – is also on the advance.
In our cellular testing, we test mobile devices according to this latest and all other standards that are used today.
5G offers various advantages in use compared to previous generations:
5G technology also promises much greater efficiency in the use of the relevant frequencies:
Our experts in cellular testing take these special properties of 5G into account when testing your devices.
As for all products with radio technologies, products with cellular technology also require regulatory approval for the respective countries. Compared to other wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and WLAN, devices with cellular technology must also meet the requirements of the network operators.
The new 5G technology in particular therefore presents manufacturers with new challenges with regard to the test requirements for their devices.
In January 2020, CETECOM became the first laboratory in Europe to be accredited to carry out line-based tests. The underlying standards – defined by ETSI and 3GPP, among others – are mainly used for network operator approvals (GCF and PTCRB certifications), which are necessary when using cellular technology.
We can therefore carry out the tests for the network operator approvals in our laboratories and are accredited for the following standards:
These test specifications form the basis for the necessary network operator approvals, which are bundled in the GCF certification for the European area and in the PTCRB certification for the US American area.
The situation with regard to the requirements for regulatory tests for devices with 5G technology is such that the necessary standards for 5G have not yet been finally harmonized. This of course results in challenges for manufacturers for the regulatory approval of their products, since the framework of the specifications is not finally defined.
We therefore support our customers with 5G tests during the development process to prepare their products ideally for market approval. These tests for the frequency ranges “sub6” FR1 and “mmWave” FR2 refer to the test disciplines
In contrast to 5G technology, the cellular technologies 2G/3G/4G available to date have all the specifications – regulatory and the specifications of the network operators – defined in detail. Comprehensive cellular testing, which incorporates our experience of more than 25 years, enables you an efficient and fast approval of your products with cellular technology.