Lighting the Path to 5G: VIAVI Introduces Millimeter Wave Support in CellAdvisor Base Station Analyzer

28 GHz Frequency Band Is Targeted for 5G Networks by Multiple Service Providers

San Jose, Calif., November 15, 2017 VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced that the CellAdvisor JD700B Series of Base Station Analyzers have been augmented to analyze spectrum and interference of 5G signals in the 28 GHz frequency band. CellAdvisor has been adopted by several Tier-1 mobile service providers as a standard test platform and is familiar to their cell site technicians, riggers and contractors. VIAVI has worked with this customer base to ensure that they can continue to use a single field test solution for existing and next-generation networks.

To accommodate the higher speeds envisioned in 5G, the industry is expanding to higher frequency bands than those used in preceding generations. Several network equipment manufacturers and service providers – including Huawei, Samsung, AT&T, Softbank, U.S. Cellular and Verizon – are conducting trials of 5G radios in the 28 GHz band.

CellAdvisor 28 GHz

To support customer demand for testing in 28 GHz, VIAVI has introduced a frequency downconverter for the CellAdvisor JD700B Series, enabling spectrum and interference analysis for the additional band using a familiar and proven platform. VIAVI collaborated with ThinkRF, a pioneer in software-defined spectrum analysis solutions that monitor, detect and analyze complex waveforms in today’s rapidly evolving wireless landscape.

“Our customers are conducting 5G trials while serving hundreds of millions of subscribers on existing networks. They would prefer to minimize cost and complexity by using test and measurement systems their technicians and contractors already know,” said Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test, VIAVI Solutions. “With the ability to address 5G spectrum, CellAdvisor is one of the most comprehensive field test solutions in the market for cell site installation and maintenance.”

About CellAdvisor
CellAdvisor Base Station Analyzers are trusted by mobile service providers, cell site technicians, riggers and contractors for their RFoCPRI and NB-IoT testing needs. The platform offers dual-port capability, cable and antenna analysis, spectrum analysis, interference analysis, signal analysis, demodulation and RF, optical power meters and optional fiber inspection in a rugged, portable, cloud-enabled instrument. Applications include: demodulation of all wireless technologies up to LTE; fiber inspection; interference analysis and PIM detection over CPRI; fronthaul and remote radio head verification over CPRI; and 5G spectrum and interference analysis.

About VIAVI Solutions
VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions to communications service providers, enterprises and their ecosystems, supported by a worldwide channel community including VIAVI Velocity Solution Partners. We deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks, enabling customers to optimize connectivity, quality of experience and profitability. VIAVI is also a leader in high performance thin film optical coatings, providing light management solutions to anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, automotive, defense and instrumentation markets. Learn more about VIAVI at Follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.