Kineto Wireless, the key innovator and leading supplier of UMA technology, and Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the companies are collaborating on 3G and 2G UMA/GAN handset testing to bring a comprehensive solution to their customers. The companies will focus on expanding Agilent’s 8960 “real world” UMA/GAN test capabilities to provide a full-featured, non-scripting test solution for mobile operators, handset vendors and platform developers in the UMA/GAN market. The first phase of collaboration will result in a robust 3G/2G UMA/GAN development and engineering validation tool that Kineto will showcase at its UMA Labs in Milpitas, Calif.
“Agilent is committed to enhancing the 8960 wireless communications test set portfolio to meet the needs of wireless developers,” said Niels Faché, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Mobile Broadband Division. “Working with Kineto will further enhance our 3G and 2G UMA/GAN test solutions – providing our mutual customers with unique solutions to help them produce high-quality devices that capitalize on and support the fixed mobile convergence.”
As part of the collaboration, Kineto will use the Agilent solution to develop and validate its own client software, as well as support Kineto’s platform and handset customers in bringing new UMA-enabled products to market.
“Bringing Kineto’s field-proven expertise in UMA software development to Agilent’s leading test platform will result in a best-of-breed solution,” said Mark Powell, co-founder and vice president of Kineto’s client business unit. “We expect to bring 3G and 2G UMA-enabled handsets to market faster to meet the increasing demand from mobile operators.”
About UMA/GAN Technology
UMA technology is commercial name for the global 3GPP ‘GAN’ standard for fixed-mobile convergence. UMA enables secure, scalable access to mobile voice, data and IMS services over broadband IP access networks. By deploying UMA technology, mobile operators can deliver a number of compelling fixed-mobile convergence services. The most well-known applications of UMA include dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi handsets and 3G femtocells access points. Leading operators around the world have embraced UMA technology as the foundation for their fixed-mobile convergence strategy, including France Telecom/Orange, T-Mobile US, Rogers Wireless, TeliaSonera, British Telecom and Cincinnati Bell.
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.
About Kineto Wireless
Kineto Wireless is the key innovator and leading supplier of UMA technology, the 3GPP standard for fixed-mobile convergence. As the leading provider of UMA technology, Kineto supplies core network solutions through OEM partnerships with leading network infrastructure providers, and also provides UMA-compliant software, development tools and support services to mobile platform suppliers, mobile handset developers, and other consumer electronics vendors.