Rohde & Schwarz, iBwave and Anokiwave hace recently partnered to showcase indoor 5G NR network.
As part of the 5G Expert Days at the Rohde & Schwarz headquarters in Munich, Germany, the three companies have planned, implemented and measured an indoor 5G NR network. The network was created on an experimental frequency license for mmWave at 26 GHz. While 5G NR pre-commercial trials are currently ongoing in several countries mostly in outdoor environments, indoor trials, especially in mmWave frequency range, are still rare.
The 5G NR network at 5G Expert Days was planned by iBwave, a leader in in-building network planning. In the setup a R&S SMW200A signal generator transmitted 5G NR signals via the 24/26 GHz Active Antenna Innovator Kit, supplied by Anokiwave to control various beams. The performance of the network was measured using the first commercially available 5G NR network measurement solution including an autonomous 5G NR network scanner R&S TSMA6 with integrated PC, a downconverter R&S TSME30DC that also covers 28 GHz frequency band and R&S ROMES4 drive test software commissioned into a backpack. The collected measurement data was analyzed in terms of coverage of different beams with the R&S ROMES4 software and compared with the iBwave network planning and simulation based on modeling the indoor environment.
The commercial roll-out of 5G is at hand. As a world market and technology leader in RF and microwave test and measurement equipment, Rohde & Schwarz supports the entire mobile technology lifecycle and offers early adopters commercial network measurement solutions at a very early stage.