Performing testing functions on LTE (News - Alert) can be a slow and difficult process, especially when using a traditional scripting language. But thanks to a new extension recently released from Anritsu for its Rapid Test Designer (RTD) solution, the process is considerably improved, and considerably sped up as well.
Anritsu's (News - Alert) new RTD represents, a method of testing Rich Communications Services (RCS) on LTE devices in their development stages that's not only the fastest and most flexible such method out there, but it's five to 10 times faster than using traditional scripting languages. The RTD VoLTE-IMS solution offered via Anritsu uses Anritsu's won MD8430A signalling tester to simulate an LTE radio network, making it possible to perform such tests even in areas where an LTE network isn't yet available. Additionally, Anritsu also worked with Radvision (News - Alert) to bring Radvision's PROLAB IMS/RCS/VoLTE testing product into the mix, providing added value and impact to the testing experience.
The RTD can simulate not only an LTE environment, but it can also simulate UTRAN, GERAN and cdma2000 networks for a variety of hardware profiles. It can simulate a single cell for terminal development, or a multicell environment with additional hardware. It can bring automated tools like an internal test sequencer into play and can even serve as a slave to larger test systems.
Falling under the RCS umbrella, meanwhile, are concepts like messaging, content sharing, chat services and IP voice and video calls alike, which have in recent months become very popular with users and are steadily expanding their reach. The concept of RCS VoLTE, meanwhile, takes these and brings them to LTE networks, making them increasingly mobile and faster, fulfilling two critical needs as far as the user is concerned. That makes RCS not only important for users today, but since it serves as a platform for future developments in communications, it makes it vital for users tomorrow as well.
The combination of impact today and in the future makes having skin in the RCS game a vital point for many companies, and that means having a sound testing platform is important as well. While users want many of the parts of RCS available, they also want them to work, and work well. Quality testing removes many of the potential issues from new product, and Anritsu's new RTD system should go a long way in keeping testing as valid as possible.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey