Keysight Technologies Strengthens its Collaborations with China Mobile Research Institute on Key 5G Technologies


Focused on Channel Measurement and Modeling, Massive MIMO Over-the-Air Testing


  • Keysight is the demonstrated leader with its 5G MIMO Channel Sounding Reference Solution
  • The continued collaboration with China Mobile is intended to provide new 5G test and measurement solutions and support for the whole 5G ecosystem
  • Keysight will continue to drive 5G technology R&D and commercialization, together with China Mobile and other industry-leading partners

SANTA ROSA, Calif., May 12, 2016

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced new collaborations with China Mobile on key 5G technologies. This includes channel measurement and modeling and massive MIMO over-the-air (OTA) testing. China Mobile is the world's largest mobile network operator. This work is a continuation and strengthening of the 5G collaborations with China Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. Research Institute (CMRI) that began in 2014.

As a leading electronic design and test solution company, Keysight is focused on 5G technology research and development and providing a comprehensive set of 5G design and test solutions. One of the ways this is accomplished is by collaborating closely with industrial and academic partners—the collaboration with China mobile on key 5G technologies being an important example.

"Massive MIMO technology R&D and commercialization is one key focus of China Mobile Research Institute's 5G R&D team," said Guangyi Liu, chief technology officer, Wireless Department, China Mobile Research Institute. "The joint collaboration and innovation, together with our long-time partner Keysight Technologies within the China Mobile 5G Innovation Center framework, will greatly speed-up the R&D work, including massive MIMO channel measurement, modeling and OTA test. This will help accelerate massive MIMO technology maturation and drive the technology commercialization."

Channel measurement and modeling are critical for 5G technology research and development, as well as for standardization. Keysight has the industry-leading 5G MIMO Channel Sounding Reference Solution, which addresses the wide-frequency coverage, broad bandwidth and the multi-channel challenges facing 5G channel measurement and modeling research. Based on Keysight's advanced modeling and measurement tools, Keysight Labs has established the collaboration with CMRI on 5G channel measurement and modeling. This collaboration supports CMRI's research on establishing the 5G channel models covering from 6GHz up to 100 GHz.

"As the long-time test and measurement solution partner for China Mobile, these on-going collaborations demonstrate Keysight's commitment to the fifth generation of wireless," said Jay Alexander, chief technology officer and senior vice president of Keysight Technologies. "Keysight will continue to drive 5G technology R&D and commercialization together with China Mobile and other industry-leading partners well into the future."

Massive MIMO is another important technology for 5G and 5G massive MIMO OTA test is key for 5G system design and verification. Based on Keysight's proprietary massive MIMO antenna test and calibration technology, and CMRI's proprietary massive MIMO antenna array, known as SmartTile, Keysight Labs and CMRI have established a deep collaboration on massive MIMO OTA test and measurement. This collaboration has already yielded some productive results, even at this early stage of collaboration.

At MWC 2016, CMCC announced the CMCC 5G Innovation Center. Keysight was among the first 11 partners supporting the new center. The 5G channel measurement and modeling, and massive MIMO OTA collaborations, represent a further strengthening of the deep collaboration between Keysight and CMCC, now under the 5G Innovation Center framework.

Keysight's collaborative work with China Mobile on 5G research reinforces the strong commitments by Keysight in China to support industry leaders in the development of 5G technologies. Keysight will have a dedicated team in its R&D center in Beijing to work directly with the CMRI teams to support the 5G Innovation Center project.

About Keysight in 5G

The development of 5G depends on up-to-date tools that let designers easily explore new signals, scenarios and topologies. Keysight's 5G solutions are ready to enable deeper insights as development evolves with the standard. In design and test, Keysight is helping industry leaders innovate across new and existing technologies as they transform ideas into reality. Additional information about Keysight's 5G design, test and measurement solutions is available at

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers' measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight's electronic measurement instruments, systems, software and services are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2015. Information about Keysight is available at

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