Microwave Journal

AEROFLEX AND CETECOM SPAIN SIGN GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP

October 26, 2005

Aeroflex and Centro de TecnologĂ­a de las Comunicaciones (Cetecom Spain) have entered into a long-term, global distribution partnership under which Aeroflex will become the sole worldwide sales and support channel for Cetecom's highly regarded MINT (Mobile Communications Integrated Tester) RF conformance test platform for 2G/2.5G/3G mobile handsets. The distribution partnership with Cetecom places Aeroflex in the forefront of the global market for mobile terminal RF conformance testing. The partnership complements Aeroflex's existing leadership position in protocol conformance testing, providing Aeroflex customers with a single source for a complete handset conformance testing solution.

"The partnership between Aeroflex and Cetecom is great news all round," said Pete Nicholson, business unit manager for Aeroflex Test Solutions, Wireless Division. "From the customers' perspective, they now have access to an RF and protocol mobile conformance testing solution from a source they know and trust. From Aeroflex's point of view, it gives us an instant presence in the RF conformance market with a quality solution. For Cetecom, access to Aeroflex's established worldwide sales and support channel presents a real opportunity to maximize the global sales potential of its MINT RF conformance test platform."

Andres Moreno, CETECOM Wireless Division director, said, "This is important news for the mobile communications market because we will be able to offer the most innovative and complete product portfolio for conformance testing. We will also have the opportunity to lead this fast-changing market thanks to our combined efforts in R&D, worldwide sales and technical support."

The MINT RF conformance tester is a highly scaleable, modular and automatic platform ideally suited to both mobile handset and chipset manufacturers to ensure their products comply with the applicable GCF Certification Criteria test cases and also to network operators for quality assurance purposes. It is currently the only complete, dual-mode test system that supports RRM, GSM850/900/1800/1900, GPRS, E-GPRS, AMR and W-CDMA mobile terminal development and certification testing according to 3Gpp TS 51.010-1 and 3GPP TS 34.121.