28 Jun 2017

First NB-IoT GCF test campaign completed

CommSolid, the cellular IoT IP (Intellectual Property) company, and Rohde & Schwarz, a manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, have announced the successful completion of the first joint GCF (Global Certification Forum) test campaign.

GCF certification represents the systematic assessment of network and device interoperability for full standard conformance, ensuring compatibility across global cellular networks. 3GPP NB-IoT (NarrowBand-IoT) is the trendsetting and cost optimized cellular network technology for the Internet of Things (IoT) leveraging GCF testing criteria for global deployments.

“The fast-paced cellular IoT market demands mature and thoroughly tested IP solutions to ensure first-time-right products”, states Dr. Matthias Weiss, Managing Director at CommSolid. “From day one we focused on extensive verification and systematic pre-certification. This enables our customers to release IoT optimized products in short time and is the key pillar of having the most mature IP solution in the market.”

"Probably billions of IoT devices will soon be exchanging data over mobile networks. All these devices will have to pass the test criteria specified by the GCF," comments Anton Meßmer, Vice President Mobile Radio Tester at Rohde & Schwarz. "We provide the necessary GCF-certified T&M solutions to ensure smooth and secure machine-to-machine communications. The cooperation with CommSolid helps us assess NB-IoT-specific requirements and continuously enhance our test solutions."

The recent GCF test campaign was conducted on CommSolid’s real-time reference platform against Rohde & Schwarz CMW500 test solution. It marks an important step towards pre-certification of CommSolid’s integration ready CSN130 NB-IoT solution.

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