Keysight’s 5G Test Solutions Used to Establish First 5G NR Connection Based on 3GPP Rel-16

By Perry Cohen

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

February 17, 2021


Keysight’s 5G Test Solutions Used to Establish First 5G NR Connection Based on 3GPP Rel-16
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Keysight Technologies announced that its 5G test solutions were used to establish the industry’s first 5G new radio (NR) data connection based on 3GPP Release 16 specifications (Rel-16).

3GPP Rel-16 introduced new capabilities that includes URLLC. The capabilities, combined with network slicing, the capabilities provide support for enterprises, IIoT applications, and private 5G deployments. Further, it also supports public safety organizations deliver advanced mission critical services, in addition to the automotive industry integrating advanced connectivity features.

According to a company press release, it’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset, part of the company’s suite of network emulation solutions, enables wireless leaders such as Qualcomm Technologies and device vendors validate designs based on 3GPP Rel-16.

The Toolset enables chipset and device manufacturers to prototype designs using verifications tests for 5G NR signaling protocols. Featuring access to testing parameters across layer one, two, and three, the Protocol R&D Toolset allows developers to create test cases, debug errors, and analyze results in sub-7GHz and mmWave spectrum.

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Perry Cohen, associate editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content editing and creation, podcast production, and social media efforts. Perry has been published on both local and national news platforms including (Phoenix), (Phoenix),, Cronkite News, and MLB/MiLB among others. Perry received a BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State university.

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