With operators looking to gain as much capacity as possible from 3G spectrum, the use of Dual Carrier (DC) HSPA is one avenue open to them.
To support that, Aeroflex has added Dual Carrier HUSPA support to its TM500 Test Mobile. It said it is the first to market to support full protocol stack UE (user equipment) emulation that enables network testing and measurements for the DC-HSUPA (Dual Cell High-Speed Upload Packet Access) standard specified in 3GPP W-CDMA Release 9.
DC-HSUPA allows a device to simultaneously transmit data over two independent enhanced uplink data channels, boosting both the uplink data rate and the network capacity, enabling maximum per-device uplink data rates approaching 23Mbps.
Tim Beard, WCDMA Product Manager at Aeroflex, said, “As with dual cell in the downlink, we expect the new DC-HSUPA standard to be widely adopted by operators who are looking for ways to improve the performance and extend the life of their existing networks at minimal cost.”
The TM500 DC-HSUPA Test Mobile enables 3G infrastructure equipment manufacturers to perform rigorous performance testing of their DC-HSUPA base station, speeding up the development of infrastructure equipment and its deployment in networks. The TM500 provides the detailed measurement data required by infrastructure engineers for rapid diagnosis of engineering issues, prior to the availability of actual handsets.