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Agilent Technologies Introduces Multi-Band Mobile WiMAX(tm) Receiver to Help Accelerate Global Network Deployments

 

BARCELONA, SPAIN, GSMA Mobile World Congress, Booth D45, Feb. 11, 2008

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced a measurement receiver for Mobile WiMAX, extending the technology support of its existing drive test receiver platform. This Agilent receiver enables network equipment manufacturers and wireless operators' RF engineering teams to effectively deploy, optimize and troubleshoot Mobile WiMAX networks by quickly identifying coverage and interference problems. The Agilent W1314A platform has options to support GSM, UMTS, IS95, cdma2000, 1xEVDO, iDEN and WiMAX(tm) technologies.

As WiMAX technology matures and more advanced network designs are realized, it is important to maximize the effectiveness of drive-test teams by providing them the ability to quickly and accurately collect RF measurement data. The new receiver integrates with the industry-leading Agilent E6474A network optimization software to provide a core of RF coverage data, technology-specific interference and optimization measurements.

"As Mobile WiMAX begins to compete head on with other 3G and 3.5G technologies, there is even greater need to validate the network design and performance targets as quickly as possible," said Jonathan Dunbar, general manager of Agilent's Drive Test business. "Unlike a standard Mobile WiMAX subscriber device, the network independent receiver measurements enable users to clearly see individual sector coverage areas and validate that they meet the design criteria."

Benefits of the Agilent W1314A-E01 receiver include:

  • the ability to quickly troubleshoot handover and missing-neighbor issues, confirm coverage and pinpoint interference sources;
  • support of up to eight frequency bands, which allows 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5 GHZ Mobile WiMAX networks to be monitored by a single, compact solution;
  • small form factor and rugged casing, which makes the solution easy to carry and able to withstand the rough environment of field-based testing; and
  • a built-in high sensitivity GPS that offers significantly enhanced position-reporting performance in dense urban environments and in many indoor situations.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent W1314A receiver platform is available now with pricing varying with configuration. More information about the W1314A can be found at www.agilent.com/find/e6474a.

Product photos are available at www.agilent.com/find/w1314a_images.

Agilent in WiMAX

A principal member of the WiMAX Forum(r) (www.wimaxforum.org), Agilent is an active participant in the development of WiMAX Radio Conformance Test (RCT) documents and procedures. Agilent was the first to provide standard-compliant 802.16 physical layer (PHY) design and test tools for Fixed and Mobile WiMAX applications including WiBro, allowing users to efficiently simulate, troubleshoot and verify designs. Today, Agilent offers a range of WiMAX test and measurement solutions that span the entire WiMAX lifecycle -- from R&D and design verification to manufacturing, conformance and interoperability test. Thanks to their reliability, repeatability and consistency, these solutions provide engineers with a level of performance and functionality not currently available with competing solutions. Information about Agilent's WiMAX test solutions is available at www.agilent.com/find/wimax.


About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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Contact:

Janet Smith
+1 970 679 5397
janet_smith@agilent.com

Johanna Vallecillo
Weber Shandwick, for Agilent
+1 408 685 0615
jvallecillo@webershandwick.com