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Agilent Technologies First to Extend Real-Time Wireless Network Protocol Analysis to Support Femtocells



Proven SART Platform Speeds Successful Deployment of Wireless Networks that Incorporate Home NodeBs Using Consumer Broadband Connections 

LAS VEGAS, International CTIA Wireless 2009, Booth 7518, March 30, 2009

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced its Signaling Analyzer Real Time (SART) for Femto. This first-to-market technology extends the test industry's most complete, end-to-end wireless analysis and troubleshooting solution to femtocells, which access wireless networks via consumer broadband connections. The platform supports both standards-based and proprietary femtocell implementations.

"Femtocell technology is sure to become quite popular in the near future because it will significantly improve both outdoor and indoor wireless communication," said Steve Urvik, protocol analysis and diagnostics marketing manager for Agilent's Network Solutions Division. "However, since the technology is still emerging, network equipment manufacturers and service providers face formidable development challenges and need a comprehensive test tool to incorporate femtocells into existing UMTS networks."

SART for Femto enables users to move quickly from the lab through trials to successful deployment, and then manage operations and scale for subscriber growth. The solution provides an unprecedented combination of detailed real-time diagnostics, troubleshooting and historic analysis.

Femtocells benefit both operators and subscribers in several ways. For example, it allows carriers to offload traffic from an outdoor macro network, which provides that network with more capacity and thus higher performance for subscribers. It also allows operators to reach subscribers in previously uncovered rural areas. Femtocells eliminate the attenuation that inevitably occurs as signals from macro towers pass through walls and surfaces such as the silver-coated windows characteristic of modern buildings. But there are many deployment and maintenance challenges. To meet these challenges, Agilent's SART for Femto enables users to:

  • properly dimension deployment and core network services;
  • evaluate femtocell performance in relation to third-party broadband connections;
  • interpret, correlate and analyze protocol messages on both sides of the gateway that connects femtocells to mobile networks in IuH implementations;
  • monitor within the IMS framework to identify calls related to femtocell access points in SIP-based IMS implementations;
  • identify femtocells in large structures with multiple cell phones that overload the core network by attempting unauthorized access through femto; and
  • examine problems that important customers have experienced in the past.

Agilent's SART for Femto is already in use by several top-tier service providers around world on both standards-based and proprietary implementations. For additional information, visit www.agilent.com/find/SART.


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 $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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