ASTRI to demonstrate brand new LTE Category 0 UE solution for Machine Type Communications (MTC) with Keysight Technologies at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015

(Hong Kong, 6 July 2015) Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) will perform a live demonstration of the brand new LTE Category 0 UE solution for Machine Type Communications (MTC) with the Keysight MXG vector signal generator at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015 in Shanghai, China.

In the demonstration, a live downlink data transfer will be performed to showcase the new TD-LTE release 12 category 0 UE solution developed by ASTRI. ASTRI’s Category 0 UE prototype demodulates the TD-LTE category 0 UE downlink signal and output the decoding statistics. The signal is generated by Keysight N5182B MXG vector signal generator using the latest Keysight N7625B Signal Studio software.

Today, majority of MTC devices are still based on 2G network such as EGPRS (Enhanced Data Rate for GSM Evolution) because of its advantages of low cost, low power and extensive network coverage. With the rapid growth of LTE technology worldwide, operators are now shifting from 2G networks towards LTE. It is estimated that the introduction of 3GPP Release 12 LTE Category 0 UE specifications can help to reduce the cost of using LTE modem by 50% which is comparable to the cost of traditional EGPRS modem. Being one of the pioneers in the LTE technology industry, ASTRI has been working with Keysight in developing the new LTE Category 0 UE solution running on a Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform. This new LTE Category 0 UE solution is compatible to the 3GPP Release 12.

“We are very pleased that ASTRI is including our MXG vector signal generator in the demonstration of its Category 0 UE prototype product,” said Mr. David Wei, General Manager of Keysight’s China Communications Operation. “We will continue to work closely with customers who are developing emerging technologies, aiming to help them to meet the new market opportunities.”

Dr Justin Chuang, Vice President and Group Director, Communications Technologies, ASTRI, is very pleased for ASTRI’s breakthrough in the LTE technology development. Dr Chuang said, “With the latest test solutions provided by Keysight, ASTRI is able to accelerate the time to market our LTE Machine-Type Communications solution.”

ASTRI’s new solution can also be upgraded to support the upcoming 3GPP Release 13 with a number of key features, including extended power saving mode, enhanced physical channels with data repetition, and reduced UE bandwidth. These features enable reduction in power consumption and extension of cell coverage of the UEs. It is possible for the UEs to operate for over 10 years with only two AA batteries. The production cost will be 25% of existing category 1 UEs. This can further reduce the production cost of MTC devices. The 3GPP Release 13 standard is expected to be published in March 2016.

The new LTE Category 0 UE solution demonstration will be carried out at ASTRI booth (hall W5, stand W5.H28) at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015 which will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China from 15 to 17 July 2015. Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2015 is a dynamic platform that gathers people from mobile industry across the world to exchange ideas and showcase the cutting-edge technologies as well as innovative products in an exhibition and conference. Over 25,000 business and consumer participants were attracted to attend the congress last year.

ASTRI strives to develop LTE research since 2008 and has become a leader in LTE and LTE-Advanced small cell and terminal technologies, providing the first market-ready reference design for small cell and terminal baseband cores supporting both TD-LTE and LTE FDD. ASTRI’s LTE technologies have been employed in partners’ chips and system solutions serving public and private network markets. Its core network technology was successfully transferred to multiple companies. ASTRI will also provide base-station to support the Category 0 UEs.

ASTRI was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. In 2006, ASTRI was designated the Hong Kong Research and Development Centre for Information and Communications Technologies by the Innovation and Technology Commission. In 2012, ASTRI received the approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology to establish the first Hong Kong Branch of National Engineering Research Centre. Since its inception, it has also succeeded in creating economic impact by transferring new technologies to its customers in Hong Kong, the Mainland and the region. For details, please visit