The first long-term-evolution-advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation (CA) test case has been demonstrated for verification by RAN5 by Anite, a wireless equipment testing technology company. Testing will be a stepping stone towards the technology’s inclusion into global certification forum (GCF) and PTCRB device certification requirements.

CA is a major feature of LTE-A cellular communications technology. It allows mobile operators to achieve higher spectrum efficiency and faster data rates through an aggregation of narrower spectrum bandwidths as opposed to large, contiguous blocks which are harder to obtain. LTE-A aims to deliver the same high-speed, fixed-line broadband experience to mobile devices that LTE brings.

In conjunction with North American and Asian chipset and device manufacturers, Anite has been responsible for about two thirds of all LTE protocol test case verification submissions to RAN5.