Rohde & Schwarz Takes the Lead in 5G Next Generation eCall Testing

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This significant milestone reflects the company's commitment to shaping the future of communication technologies

Rohde & Schwarz, a global technology pioneer, has once again demonstrated its innovation prowess by becoming the first to submit 5G Next Generation eCall (NGeCall) protocol test cases for approval to the 3GPP Global Certification Forum (GCF). This significant milestone reflects the company’s commitment to shaping the future of communication technologies. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz is introducing a groundbreaking 5G NGeCall application option, a testament to their dedication to revolutionizing the landscape of emergency communication.

The rapid evolution of cellular networks has prompted the need to adapt emergency call systems to the latest technological advancements. The European Commission’s initiative to update eCall standards and legislation to transition to 4G and 5G networks is already in motion. As the use of 2G/3G networks phases out, the automotive industry is gearing up to ensure that emergency call modules remain compatible with the new 4G/5G packet-switched cellular networks.

In response to this industry need, Rohde & Schwarz has introduced pioneering NGeCall test solutions that enable the delivery of eCall modules equipped with the latest NGeCall functions. These modules adhere to Technical Specification CEN TS17240, which outlines protocol conformance test cases and defines additional end-to-end conformance test cases as set by 3GPP and the Internet Engineering Task Force.

A key breakthrough came in July 2023 with the release of test case package PCT5-KC625, which operates on the R&S CMX500. Validated by the GCF meeting, this package laid the foundation for NGeCall module manufacturers to fulfill the necessary test requirements for successful NGeCall type approval.

The recently launched software package R&S CMX-KA098 for the R&S CMX500 takes this commitment even further. It introduces an integrated public safety answering point (PSAP) for 5G NGeCall, enhancing the test package with additional functions to conduct end-to-end conformance tests according to CEN TS17240. This innovation not only streamlines the testing process but also ensures the interoperability of equipment for seamless communication exchanges.

Commenting on these breakthroughs, a representative from Rohde & Schwarz stated, “Our focus has always been on advancing technology to meet real-world challenges. The successful submission of NGeCall test cases and the launch of the 5G NGeCall application option underscore our commitment to driving innovation and shaping the future of emergency communication.”

Rohde & Schwarz’s relentless pursuit of excellence has positioned them as industry leaders, consistently pushing the boundaries of what is possible. As the automotive industry gears up for a transition to 4G and 5G networks, Rohde & Schwarz’s contributions are poised to play a pivotal role in ensuring that emergency communication systems remain robust, reliable, and future-ready

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