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Testing UMTS band VIII and LTE band 8 networks

The MW8209A PIM Master from Anritsu is a passive intermodulation (PIM) analyzer that covers the 900 MHz band to address the growing need to measure PIM in E-GSM networks, including UMTS Band VIII and LTE Band 8.

Designed for use with the company's handheld analyzers, the MW8209A comes with its distance-to-PIM technology, a tool that can determine if the cause of PIM is at the base station or in the surrounding environment.

Field engineers and technicians can use the MW8209A to help ensure optimum performance of UMTS band VIII and LTE band 8 networks by locating PIM faults before intermodulation distortion adversely affects signal transmission.

The MW8209A has been designed to be integrated with handheld instruments such as the S332E/S362E Site Master cable and antenna analyzers, MS2712E/MS2713E and MS272xC Spectrum Master handheld spectrum analyzers, MT8212E/MT8213E Cell Master handheld analyzers, and the MT8221B/MT8222A BTS Master handheld analyzers.
Field personnel can use PIM Master to generate two high-power tones in the transmit band of a base station, and use any of the compatible handheld analyzers to measure the 3rd, 5th, or 7th order intermodulation products in the receive band that travel down the same cable. Using the GPS option available on all the analyzers, the location of the measurement can be recorded, as well.
The MW8209A provides 40 W testing and uses this power enables the PIM Master to locate intermittent failures due to light corrosion, high-traffic loading, or changing weather conditions. It also permits users to find faults in a multicarrier antenna system or discover microscopic arcing in connectors.
Distance-to-PIM testing provides the detail and insight that can expedite repairs, control repair costs, and help plan budgets. Historical data can be used to monitor a site and determine if corrections need to be made before a failure results in dropped or blocked calls.

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