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LTE test capabilities at 7Layers extended

Published on 25 February 2014

7Layers Selects Rohde & Schwarz to Enhance its Conformance and Carrier Acceptance Testing for Next-Generation Devices

7Layers expands its device testing capabilities and capacity to meet next-generation market needs and cover new key technologies such as LTE-Advanced, VoLTE, IMS, RCS, E911 over IMS, AGNSS, OTDOA and eCID.

Columbia, MD, February 24, 2014:  7Layers, an international group of engineering & test centers for wireless testing and certification, has selected the Rohde & Schwarz TS8980FTA and CMW500 wireless test platforms for conformance and carrier acceptance testing of 3GPP Release 8 & 9 devices. With these capabilities, 7Layers can support emerging technologies including VoLTE (voice over LTE), IMS (IP multimedia subsystem), RCS (rich communications services), E911 over IMS, LTE AGNSS (assisted GNSS), OTDOA (observed time difference of arrival) and eCID.  The R&S test platforms are also software upgradeable to support carrier aggregation and other LTE Release 10+ features that are increasingly important to 7Layers customers.

CMW500Not only are next generation mobile devices becoming more powerful, they are also growing in complexity in the way they support features that many take for granted, such as making a voice call.  In response, test requirements for ensuring their quality have quickly evolved, and the test equipment supporting these requirements has had to make some dramatic shifts.

Testing a voice over LTE (VoLTE) enabled device, for example, requires many new tests surrounding VoLTE.  Meeting these challenges requires state-of-the-art conformance and carrier acceptance test systems, such as the R&S TS8980FTA and R&S CMW500, that can address these types of testing complexities, but also deliver the flexibility to support legacy and future technologies.

“As the mobile wireless industry moves towards an all-IP world, 7Layers is prepared with a complete range of certification and acceptance testing capabilities for next generation devices,” said Fernando Rodriguez, COO of 7Layers. “As an accredited test laboratory, we are continually striving to bring our customers the best and latest in testing capabilities so they may get their products to market faster. Rohde and Schwarz is a key partner in helping us achieve this goal.”

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Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is an independent group of companies specializing in electronics. It is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, radiomonitoring and radiolocation, as well as secure communications. Established almost 80 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz has a global presence and a dedicated service network in over 70 countries. It has approx. 8700 employees and achieved a net revenue of € 1.8 billion (US$ 2.3 billion) in fiscal year 2011/2012 (July 2011 to June 2012). Company headquarters are in Munich, Germany. All press releases are available on the Internet at

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7Layers, an international group of engineering & test centers, supports industries employing wireless technologies such as LTE, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, CDMA, WiFi, GPS, TETRA, W-CDMA, Bluetooth®…. End product manufacturers, component manufacturers, network operators and technology associations benefit from working with 7Layers. 7Layers runs accredited Test Houses in the USA, Germany, China, Korea and Japan offering conformance and interoperability testing, certification and global type approval. The 7Layers’ Systems House offers product development and integration support, development of test specifications and test cases, as well as InterLab® test solutions and test management systems. The 7Layers’ Software House provides the InterLab® Software System, for the systematic verification & validation of complex high-tech products. 7Layers belongs to the Bureau Veritas Group, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, serving a large variety of industries. More information visit and PR contact for 7Layers in the USA: