PCTEL now has LTE-LAA (Licensed Assisted Access) testing capabilities on its IBflex scanning receiver. LAA supplements LTE network capacity by enabling carriers to use freely available unlicensed spectrum along with their licensed spectrum holdings. LTE-LAA operates in noisy, uncontrolled environments, where it must share spectrum with services such as Wi-Fi. IBflex scanning receivers accurately measure LTE-LAA coverage and signal quality so that wireless carriers can verify and optimize their LTE-LAA deployments.
“LTE-LAA is another step in the evolution to 5G. It is essential to enabling Gigabit-rate download speeds by leveraging freely available higher band spectrum using small cell infrastructure,” said Jeff Miller, Senior Vice President and General Manager of PCTEL’s RF Solutions group. “PCTEL’s scanning receivers give operators a full view of the RF environment, so that they can successfully deploy LTE-LAA and prepare their infrastructure for 5G,” added Miller.
IBflex scanning receivers support LTE-LAA measurements worldwide, including on 5 GHz and CBRS spectrum. The IBflex enables simultaneous testing of multiple technologies, including LTE MIMO and LTE Advanced Pro features such as LTE-LAA, NB-IoT, and LTE-M. IBflex scanners are designed with low power consumption, a hot-swap battery system, and Bluetooth® connectivity for ease of use indoors or out.