The Global Certification Forum (GCF) said it is on schedule to release an LTE device certification plan before the end of 2010. The GCF said the move comes in time for the expected release of a number of commercial LTE network launches.
GCF said it will include both FDD and TDD version of LTE. Bringing LTE into the fold involves the selection, prioritization and validation of some 280 conformance tests in the first round. In addition, a significant field trial plan is being developed.
What makes certification more problematic is the number of frequency bands LTE will reside in. GCF said LTE certification will initially include FDD frequency bands in the 700 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2500 MHz to meet the needs of the U.S., Japanese and European markets. For TDD frequency bands, GCF is developing certification for the 2300-2400 MHz and 2570-2620 MHz bands that have been chosen for LTE in China. GCF said it is developing a certification plan that can be extended easily to other frequency bands.
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