Over-the-Air (OTA) Performance Testing

CTIA Certification is proud to have developed the industry standard for OTA performance testing of wireless devices. Our test plans thoroughly measure the expected real-world performance of a device in a simulated laboratory environment. They accurately determine the transmit and receive efficiency of a device’s antenna(s). Network operators throughout the world rely on CTIA Certification’s OTA performance testing to ensure devices operating on their networks will meet the performance expectations demanded by consumers and businesses.

The Process


Manufacturer submits a request for testing through the CTIA Certification database.


Manufacturer selects an authorized OTA test lab.


Authorized OTA test lab conducts testing and submits results to the certification database.


Manufacturer pays lab for testing and CTIA Certification for test plan use.

OTA Performance Testing FAQs

Here are answers to common questions about our OTA Performance Test Plan. If you have questions that we have not answered, please submit a question or contact us.

Working Groups

CTIA Certification working groups are the foundation of our certification programs. This global network of operators, service providers, device manufacturers, test labs, and many others, solve industry challenges, enable new efficiencies, and hold the wireless industry to the highest standard.