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OTA RF performance testing

Published on 10 December 2014

OTA RF performance testing according to Vodafone – 7Layers accreditation renewed

DSC_0434Vodafone, one of world’s largest network operators, has once more renewed 7Layers accreditation for executing over-the-air (OTA) RF performance tests related to the Vodafone terminal approval process.

All terminals, Smartphones, wide mobile phones and data centric products such as USB dongles, routers, laptops etc. or low data rate devices (M2M products) that are bought by Vodafone to be used within its network, need to be tested according a special set of specifications. These specifications are in addition to the requirements of 3GPP and CTIA.

The main differences between the Vodafone OTA RF performance tests and 3GPP and CTIA are

  • Vodafone requires OTA RF performance testing for LTE in Band 3,7 and 20 for TRP (total radiated power) and TRS/TIS (total radiated/isotropic sensitivity).
  • Self-Interference: At one position the sensitivity over frequency has to be checked in in 2G/3G.
  • Multi Slot Power: The output power for different slot configurations should be measured in GPRS mode if applicable at three channels in one position in all GSM bands Vodafone is mainly interested in.
  • Antenna Efficiency: On low data rate devices (e.g. M2M products or data cards) additional antenna efficiency test must be conducted.

7Layers Germany has been working together with a large variety of clients in the past, helping them master the Vodafone OTA RF requirements successfully. By renewing the 7Layers accreditation for this service once again, Vodafone has shown its ongoing satisfaction with the 7Layers performance and reliability for over-the-air testing according to their specific requirements.

The 7Layers’ Vodafone services are complemented with OTA RF antenna performance testing  according to

  • CTIA
  • GCF (according to 3GPP)
  • Verizon  Wireless
  • Deutsche Telekom

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