One-box LTE-A base station tester steps up to carrier aggregation

February 05, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
One TM500, the latest introduction by Aeroflex, emulates thousands of LTE and LTE-A mobiles

This extended version of its TM500 industry-standard base station tester is capable of emulating several thousand LTE user equipments (UE), fading channel models, and LTE-A carrier aggregation functionality in a one-box benchtop unit. It caters for deployment of carrier aggregation, used by operators to increase mobile bandwidth. Aeroflex adds, “The LTE-A features provided by the compact one-box TM500 allow cellular infrastructure vendors to develop carrier aggregation capability and to emulate real network traffic across thousands of terminals, ahead of the widespread availability of real LTE-A handsets.”