Anritsu, RAPA Team up on Breakthrough B5G/6G Test

The Korea Radio Promotion Association (RAPA) and Anritsu Corporation have agreed to cooperate on Beyond 5G (B5G) and 6th Generation Mobile Communication systems (6G).

Accordingly, RAPA and Anritsu will cooperate in multiple fields to support the development of these technologies. Specifically, configuring a test environment capable of validating the candidate frequency bands for B5G/6G. This includes the FR3 (7GHz to 24GHz) and the sub-THz band (100GHz and above). Moreover, the two will also have technical cooperation from proof of concept (PoC) phase.

Starting this year, RAPA plans to establish the Anritsu B5G/6G Test Lab at its Song-do IoT Technical Support Center in Incheon, Korea. Particularly, RAPA will build a test infrastructure and gradually upgrade the installed equipment. This initiative will allow efficient verification test of 6G mobile technologies in Korea. Specifically, using Anritsu’s MT8000A 5G test equipment extended to 6G capability.

Song Jung-su, (left) Vice President of RAPA and Takeshi Shima, (right) Director, Senior Vice President, Test & Measurement Company President of Anritsu Corporation

In addition, users of the Anritsu B5G/6G Test Lab will be able to verify the concept verification from the phase of developing the basic technology in the B5G/6G field. This include B5G/6G antenna and module manufacturers,

Reliable Test Solution Provider

With the recent launch of the 6G technology development project in Korea, it will also be possible to verify the results of related government R&D projects.

Song Jung-su, Vice President of RAPA stated, “This agreement will serve as an opportunity for RAPA and Anritsu to strengthen their leadership in the B5G/6G field. Based on RAPA’s verification infrastructure, we expect to be at the forefront of activating the domestic 6G industry. Moreover, advancing mobile communication technologies in Korea. Particularly, by providing verification environments and conducting development verification in the B5G/6G field.”

On the other hand, Yu Hyun-kil, President of Anritsu Corporation, Ltd., Korea, said, “We look forward to contributing to the formation of an industry-academia-laboratory ecosystem for the B5G/6G fields by providing new verification environments and contributing to the development verification environment as we move beyond 5G. Anritsu aims to demonstrate growth as a specialist solution provider in the field of mobile communications, based on our ever-evolving base station simulator technologies.”

Takeshi Shima, Director, Senior Vice President, Test & Measurement Company President of Anritsu Corporation, stated, “Anritsu engages in fundamental research in the B5G/6G field and is confident that this agreement will be an important step in the development of the B5G/6G industry. Anritsu, in collaboration with its industry-leading partners, aims to become a highly reliable test solution provider in the field of “Next Generation Communications”, one of Korea’s national strategic technologies, and will contribute to the revitalization of the industry.”

-22 March 2024-

*This is an English translation of a Japanese article originally published in the March 15, 2024 issue of Dempa Shimbun Daily.