Keysight Technologies has teamed up with CommSolid to demonstrate and test the configuration for a NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) connection using the Keysight E7515A UXM base station emulator and wireless test set.

The UXM, according to Keysight, is the first wireless test set to demonstrate connectivity with an NB-IoT device that complies the standards.

“NB-IoT was designed to enable transfer of small amounts of data over long periods of time, with simplified, less expensive hardware and greater coverage,” said Matthias Weiss, managing director of CommSolid. “Therefore, NB-IoT modules have to be reliable and offer ultra-low power operation for long battery life. The RF design performance of up to 200,000 devices in one cell must ensure network longevity. NB-IoT will be the first step into 5G networks.”

The UXM network emulation platform allows designers to optimise IoT designs for critical performance attributes such as power consumption, RF performance and interoperability by simulating the real world in the lab.