World-first solution for evaluating 5G video quality from Anritsu & Spirent

23 March 2021

Anritsu_Spirent_Integrated Solution
Anritsu_Spirent_Integrated Solution

Communications T&M provider, Anritsu has announced availability of a new solution for evaluating video quality of 5G devices. This lab-based solution was developed in partnership with provider of automated test & assurance solutions for networks, cybersecurity & positioning, Spirent Communications & leverages the strengths of Anritsu’s SmartStudio NR Network Simulator & Spirent’s Umetrix Video software, providing the world’s first integrated 5G video quality system.

Development background
The accelerating shift from 4G to 5G mobile communications, as well as increasing adoption of teleworking (further accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 lockdowns), is driving increased viewing of streamed video content, as well as growing use of online meeting tools. As a result, video-quality experience is a key factor influencing users’ choice of 5G mobile operator and smartphone brand. Consequently, mobile operators, 5G device vendors and content providers urgently need a solution for evaluating the video quality of 5G devices.

Integrated solution
This solution integrates Anritsu’s Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A and SmartStudio NR (SSNR) control software with Spirent’s Umetrix Video system for evaluating video quality.

The MT8000A operates as a 5G Call Box by simulating a 5G base station and core network using a state-machine-based GUI. Users can simulate a full range of 5G network conditions, including both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) topologies at FR1 or FR2 frequencies, all without creating protocol scripts. Testing of throughput, mobility, VoNR, EPS-Fallback, SMS, CMAS, CDRX and other functions can be easily performed using SSNR’s GUI.

SSNR’s flexible network settings, as well as its simple reproduction of a live 5G network environment, facilitate easy and effective analysis of video quality. Moreover, support for many APIs accelerates configuration of customer’s automation environments.

Spirent’s Umetrix Video evaluation system measures the receive-side quality of streamed video contents by scoring QoE (Quality of Experience) using Video Mean Opinion Scoring (V-MOS) from only receive-side. It supports video-streaming services and video-content analysis by scoring the original video without prior display, facilitating faster and lower-cost repeatable design tests, regression tests and competitor benchmarking.

About Spirent Communications
Spirent Communications is a leading global provider of automated test and assurance solutions for networks, cybersecurity and positioning. The company provides innovative products, services and managed solutions that address the test, assurance and automation challenges of a new generation of technologies, including 5G, SD-WAN, cloud, autonomous vehicles and beyond. From the lab to the real world, Spirent helps companies deliver on their promise to their customers of a new generation of connected devices and technologies. For more information, please visit:

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