PCTEL releases 5G network testing tools to clear new spectrum while maintaining or upgrading existing network technologies

PCTEL Inc. announced this week precision scanning receivers for testing 5G networks. The new HBflex scanning receiver provides 5G NR measurements on both mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum. 5G NR testing capabilities are also available on PCTEL’s IBflex scanning receiver for sub-6 GHz bands.

PCTEL’s 5G test tools will enable operators to clear new spectrum and roll out 5G networks worldwide, while maintaining or upgrading existing network technologies. HBflex and IBflex are both based on PCTEL’s flexible software defined radio platform, enabling high performance measurements of 5G networks as well as LTE, public safety, NB-IoT, and other network technologies.

HBflex and IBflex scanning receivers with 5G testing capabilities are available to order now. Upgrade paths are available for customers with existing IBflex scanning receivers.

PCTEL is a global supplier of antennas and wireless network testing solutions. Its precision antennas are deployed in small cells, enterprise Wi-Fi access points, fleet management and transit systems, and in equipment and devices for the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The company offers in-house design, testing, radio integration, and manufacturing capabilities for customers.

PCTEL’s test and measurement tools improve performance of wireless networks globally, with a focus on LTE, public safety, and emerging 5G technologies. Network operators, neutral hosts, and equipment manufacturers rely on our scanning receivers and testing solutions to analyze, design, and optimize their networks.

“5G networks will include a wide array of new bands and new technologies in a more complex RF environment,” said David Neumann, the company’s CEO. “PCTEL scanning receivers provide the accuracy, insight, and flexibility that operators will need to successfully manage their 5G networks and enable new use cases such as smart cities, fixed wireless access, and advanced IoT deployments.”

PCTEL had announced the integration of Ranplan Professional with PCTEL’s SeeHawk Touch data collection software to streamline in-building wireless network design, planning, and optimization. The next generation of wireless networks will incorporate new technologies such as 5G alongside existing cellular, Wi-Fi, and public safety networks. Together, SeeHawk Touch and Ranplan Professional enable onsite engineers to measure, model and visualize complex interactions between these technologies.

SeeHawk Touch and Ranplan Professional allow engineers to make immediate assessments and adjustments. SeeHawk Touch software collects and analyzes real-world RF data from PCTEL’s scanning receivers.

Ranplan Professional incorporates this data into advanced 3D visualizations and network propagation modeling. An upgrade to SeeHawk Touch will be released allowing Touch and Ranplan Professional to work together seamlessly.

The combined system will support network design and planning for a variety of wireless technologies, including 3G, 4G LTE, LTE-A, CBRS, LAA, NB-IoT, Wi-Fi, P25, and 5G New Radio.


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