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Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry-First TD-LTE Receiver Measurements Drive Test System. Software Upgrade of Proven Receiver Enables Early Verification of Base-Station Coverage and Integrated Testing of Networks up to Eight Frequency Bands.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 3, 2009 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced TD- LTE Receiver Measurements as a software upgrade to its proven Agilent E6474A Drive Test Network Optimization Platform. Network equipment manufacturers and wireless service providers can use the software on Agilent W1314A receivers to quickly verify base-station RF coverage, plot accurate coverage maps and validate planning in the early development of LTE networks. This new option builds on the existing FDD-LTE measurements in the Agilent solution to provide both FDD-LTE and TD-LTE measurements on a single measurement platform.
The Agilent drive test platform already supports the established, related wireless technologies, including HSPA+, UMTS, 1xEV DO and TD-SCDMA. The W1314A receiver with the software enhancement will not only measure LTE P-SCH, S-SCH RSSI and LTE Cell-ID, but provides simultaneous measurements of the older 2G and 3G networks as well.
Although LTE is the first truly global standard, it is built on top of earlier technologies, and the enhanced platform enables overlay analysis. An Agilent receiver can measure up to eight frequency bands - far more than competitive products - which eliminates the need to carry additional receivers into the field. The platform is the most flexible solution of its kind.
"The introduction of a TD-LTE option was a natural extension to our existing FDD-LTE solution. LTE is going to be a global standard in both the FDD and TDD domains, and our customers value equipment that is flexible and upgradeable," said Todd Biddle, general manager Agilent's Network Solutions Division/Assurance. "From the outset, we design our hardware products to cope with the evolving standards in wireless technologies, delivering ongoing customer value through software upgrades."
Agilent receivers offer the most practical and least costly option for initial field testing, and reduce the need for a large number of far more expensive "rack-and-stack" test phones.
About SART TD-LTE
Agilent's Signaling Analyzer Real Time (SART), the company's signaling analyzer platform, is an industry-leading solution for 3G, 2G and IMS networks. With the addition of LTE and SAE technology support, the signaling analyzer software provides a common and intuitive user interface to support all mobile and IMS technologies.
Together with a new high-density probing solution, the signaling analyzer software enables passive probing and analysis of LTE network interfaces (e.g., S1, X2, S5, S6a). The signaling analyzer software is also able to import Uu data for Agilent's drive test platform and other data sources. This powerful combination of distributable hardware pre-processing with scalable software architecture meets the current and future performance requirements necessary for the successful deployment of an integrated LTE/SAE network system.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent E6474A-646 TD-LTE Receiver Measurements will be available in August 2009. Prices vary with configuration.