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Installation & maintenance

Install and maintain your BTS with ease of use and high efficiency

Network operators are investing heavily in expanding network capacity and introducing new technologies. The number of newly deployed BTS installations is increasing. The situation becomes even more complex when a site consists of more than one technology from more than one infrastructure supplier.

Before going live with these installations, it is crucial to check if the components work as expected as a system and that the technicians did not make any mistakes. However, it is not enough to perform these measurements only when the BTS is deployed.

Every time an operator experiences a drop in OSS KPIs, it is necessary to service the affected sectors in order to narrow down the potential error source so that the technician doesn’t end up hunting ghosts. You always start with classic installation measurements before continuing with optimization and external interference hunting.

Installation and maintenance measurements have become even more complicated since the rollout of LTE. Before it was simple because you just needed to focus on return loss. Today, we have a second value that is important because it creates interference in the uplink – passive intermodulation (PIM). The good news is that you can optimize your BTS systematically. First, you optimize the return loss with a cable and antenna analyzer as usual and then you optimize PIM with a PIM tester.


R&S®5G site testing solution

R&S®5G site testing solution

The 5G STS is providing all features to efficiently test 5G NSA networks, including all legacy technologies.

Each new installation needs to be verified to ensure correct network performance and quality of service (QoS). Discover the different phases that ensure successful 5G site testing and trouble shooting.

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Webinar: 5G Site Testing including latest real world challenges

5G Site Testing including latest real world challenges

This webinar examines the importance of site acceptance testing, identifying the various deployment scenarios and defining an efficient methodology to test the associated KPIs.

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Webinar: Network synchronization – essential for 5G performance

Network synchronization – essential for 5G performance

This webinar examines the topic network synchronization and describes a practical test procedure to make accurate measurements.

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Overview Site Acceptance and Performance Tuning

Christian Müller provides an overview about spectrum analyzer measurements such as uplink interference and Over-The-Air measurements such as 5G cell- and beam-specific and multi-technology measurements using our game changer R&S®5G STS.

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Network synchronization crucial for high network quality

This short video explains why synchronization of base stations and of whole networks is important and how you can measure the different timings and verify a high network performance.

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R&S®5G STS demonstration of RF and 5G signal decoding

This video shows how easy the configuration of our game changer R&S®5G STS is and how quickly you get results from 5G network measurements using our Automatic Channel Detection, RF spectrum scan, cell- and beam-specific analysis.

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Application video: 5G EMF measurements

This short video shows a demonstration of how to measure electromagnetic pollution from 5G mobile networks using the code-selective method.

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Webinar: Ensure successful 5G site testing and acceptance

This on-demand webinar uses a real case study from the first pervasive 5G network in Europe to examine the importance of site acceptance testing. Learn about essential KPIs, test techniques using state of the art tools and real 5G field measurement results.

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Webinar: EMF measurements – THE prerequisite to deploy 5G

Webinar: EMF measurements – THE prerequisite to deploy 5G

Watch this webinar, that compares two competing measurement techniques for EMF measurements, discusses their pros and cons and provides example measurements from the field.

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Further information

Poster: How C-V2X makes driving safer and more efficient

Download or order this poster to get a comprehensive overview of applications enabled by C-V2X; including example scenarios, an explanation of the different types of communications and a list of regional standards bodies.

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Educational Note: Importance of network synchronization measurements

With 5G predominantly operating in TDD mode, the network synchronization is important for the network performance. This educational note describes the impact of asynchronous cells and how it can be measured?

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White paper: How network testing ensures high-quality in-building LTE and 5G deployments

Read this white paper to learn about the ways to test the different network architectures with solutions from Rohde & Schwarz.

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Poster: 5G site testing

This poster provides a step-by-step guide to the required RF and functional 5G site tests.

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White paper: EMF measurements in 5G networks

How do you measure electromagnetic pollution from mobile networks? Learn more about electromagnetic field measurements in this white paper.

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Application Brochure: Site testing and troubleshooting in 5G mobile networks

Each new 5G base station installation must be verified to ensure correct performance and end user quality of service. This application brochure gives an overview of the required RF, parametric and functional tests and lists the required test equipment.

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Free poster: Testing passive networks in a distributed antenna system (DAS)

This poster provides a graphical overview of the various implementations of DAS including passive, active and hybrid as well as the tests and equipment required for correct installation and maintenance. Request your copy now.

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Testing passive networks in distributed antenna systems (DAS)

This white paper provides a comprehensive practical overview of DAS-oriented cable and antenna tests. In the last decade, worldwide consumer demand for cellular services has driven network operators to strive for better network coverage and within that coverage footprint, better network capacity.

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Comparing CW and Low Duty Cycle PIM measurements

Learn all about Continous Wave and Low Duty Cycle measurements now!

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Speeding up reflection measurements

Reflection measurements are a common way of assessing antenna system performance as you can read in this application card. When a minimum amount of the transmitted signal is reflected, it indicates that the transmission energy can reach the intended coverage. Undesired high reflection causes the system to be inefficient and can damage components. Reflection measurements can be expressed in terms of return loss, VSWR and reflection coefficient.

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PIM testing: best practices in a nutshell

When it comes to PIM testing, the necessary steps to identify passive intermodulation (PIM) and locate its source are similar to interference hunting. In the end, PIM is an internal source of interference and can have a significant impact on network performance.

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Solutions for installation and maintenance

QualiPoc Android

The premium handheld troubleshooter

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R&S®5G site testing solution

Simplifying 5G network deployment and operations

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R&S®Cable Rider ZPH

One-port cable and antenna analyzer

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Two-port cable and antenna analyzer

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All-in-one handheld solution

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PiMPro Tower

Pim analyzer

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