Rohde & Schwarz has integrated SwissQual, a leading provider of systems for measuring and assessing the quality of service (QoS) in wireless networks, into its group of companies. Through the acquisition Rohde & Schwarz will be in a position to better and more fully address the drive test market with a complete industry-leading technological offering.

Effective from July 2, 2012, SwissQual – founded in 2000 and based in Zuchwil, Switzerland – became a fully independent Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary. The company headquarters and regional presence will be retained and it will be referred to as: SwissQual AG – A Rohde & Schwarz Company, in external communications.

The product portfolios of both companies complement each other: Rohde & Schwarz, with its expertise in RF test equipment, is well positioned in the network optimization and network engineering segments. SwissQual, the market leader for benchmarking systems, contributes solutions for network benchmarking and network monitoring. The product portfolio will offer a full range of solutions for QoS testing, end-to-end testing, drive test systems, scanners and wireless network optimization. The two companies already have a sales partnership for the R&S ROMES2GO smartphone-based test mobile phones that were developed by SwissQual.

Dietmar Vahldiek, Director of the Systems and Projects Subdivision at Rohde & Schwarz, said: "SwissQual will significantly increase the Rohde & Schwarz market share in the drive test segment. Together, we have excellent customer contacts, and we will, of course, take advantage of the synergies in R&D, marketing and sales. We are very much looking forward to the closer cooperation."

After years of substantial investment and rapid growth, the SwissQual shareholders were seeking a strong partner who would support continued growth. "I am very pleased that SwissQual is now part of the Rohde & Schwarz group of companies," said John May, CEO of SwissQual AG. "Our company cultures are a perfect fit. Both companies are known for their precise, superior development services and high-quality products. The acquisition provides an excellent platform for the company’s future."