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Skylo Technologies, Rhode & Schwarz partner to boost non-terrestrial network testing services

September 26, 2023

Posted by: Magda Dabrowska

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Skylo Technologies has announced a partnership and ongoing collaboration with Rohde & Schwarz. The vendors are collaborating to set up a device acceptance scheme for Skylo’s non-terrestrial network (NTN). The proven device test framework from Rohde & Schwarz will be used to test NTN chipsets, modules and devices to validate their compatibility with the Skylo test specification. The alliance is expected to optimize Skylo’s network performance, reshaping industries worldwide by enabling reliable, ubiquitous connectivity.

The partnership also ensures that chipsets, modules and devices using the NTN Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) protocol integrate with Skylo’s network and are 3GPP Release 17 compliant. The two companies will integrate ‘state-of-the-art’ testing methodologies to guarantee that Skylo’s connectivity solutions meet the highest standards of quality and efficiency.

“This collaboration underscores our commitment to providing the highest quality non-terrestrial network services to our customers. By joining forces, we are confident in our ability to set new benchmarks for network reliability and performance in remote and underserved regions,” says Andrew Nuttall, chief technology officer of Skylo Technologies.

The Rohde & Schwarz NTN device acceptance test framework is built on the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester. This framework serves as the preferred choice for every facet of IoT testing, spanning from research and development to GCF/PTCRB certification and carrier acceptance tests, covering both terrestrial and non-terrestrial IoT domains. With the R&S CMW500 software stacks, this framework guarantees reliable and repeatable results in a single box. It comes with NTN Release 17 features as well as support for different orbits. Customers can leverage their investment in R&S CMW500 testers with a single software update, which enables them to verify NTN NB-IoT as well as legacy NB-IoT devices.

“Our testing solutions, combined with Skylo’s technology, will empower industries across the globe to harness the benefits of reliable and seamless connectivity,” says Alexander Pabst, vice president of wireless communications at Rohde & Schwarz.

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