CTIA Certification Publishes the Test Plan for Wireless Device Over-the-Air (OTA) Performance Version 4.0

February 14, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – CTIA Certification™ is proud to announce the publication of the Test Plan for Wireless Device Over-the-Air (OTA) Performance Version 4.0. The revised test plan builds upon what has become the gold standard for performing Radiated RF Power and Receiver Performance measurements on wireless devices.

The updated test plan incorporates revisions developed by the CTIA Certification OTA Working Groups to keep pace with wireless innovation. The OTA Test Plan Version 4.0 is comprised of 17 topic-specific streamlined documents, which makes the test methodologies easier to work with than previous versions. Reorganizing the test plan into a suite of documents also facilitates the future inclusion of additional test methodologies, airlinks, device types, etc.

The suite of documents that comprise Test Plan for Wireless Device Over-the-Air Performance Version 4.0 include:

  • CTIA 01.01: Test Scope, Requirements, and Applicability
  • CTIA 01.02: Operator Priority List
  • CTIA 01.03: Normative Reporting Tables
  • CTIA 01.04: Informative Reporting Tables
  • CTIA 01.20: Test Methodology, SISO (Single Input Single Output), Anechoic Chamber
  • CTIA 01.21: Test Methodology, SISO, Reverberation Chamber
  • CTIA 01.22: Test Methodology, SISO, Millimeter Wave
  • CTIA 01.40: Test Methodology, MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output), Static Channel Model, Multi-Probe Anechoic Chamber
  • CTIA 01.41: Test Methodology, MIMO, Static Channel Model, Radiated Two Stage
  • CTIA 01.50: Wireless Technology, 3GPP Radio Access Technologies
  • CTIA 01.51: Wireless Technology, Location Based Technologies
  • CTIA 01.52: Wireless Technology, Non-3GPP Radio Access Technologies
  • CTIA 01.70: Measurement Uncertainty
  • CTIA 01.71: Device Setup and Positioning Guidelines
  • CTIA 01.72: Near-Field Phantoms
  • CTIA 01.73: Supporting Procedures
  • CTIA 01.90: Informative Reference Material

The concept of the new 4.0 framework was first introduced to the OTA Working Group — a cross-section of wireless industry subject matter experts — in 2013. The seed was planted, but the idea took root in 2020 when the new test plan’s document structure was finalized.

In 2021, the OTA Editorial Team, a group with representation from Apple, AT&T, Dell, ETS Lindgren, Google, Intel, Intertek, Keysight, MVG, NIST, Rohde & Schwarz, and Sporton International, spent countless hours writing, editing, and revising the new documents. CTIA Certification and the wireless industry owes this team a tremendous debt of gratitude.

“A big thank-you to our amazing team of subject matter experts in the OTA Working Group, and especially the dedicated individuals on the OTA Editorial Team, for taking our test plan to the next level,” said Mark Sargent, Vice President of CTIA Certification Programs.

The Test Plan for Wireless Device Over-the-Air Performance version 4.0 documents are available on the CTIA Certification website.