Aeroflex, w2bi to Develop Network Certification Platform for LTE Handset

Aeroflex and w2bi have announced that they have entered into an agreement under which they will pool their test expertise and technology for the joint development of a network certification platform for LTE mobile devices. The new certification platform for LTE mobile devices will be available for initial delivery in Q3 2009.

“LTE is fast becoming the mobile broadband technology of choice worldwide for next-generation networks and our agreement with Aeroflex gives us access to essential technology from the recognised leader in LTE test,” said Ron Parmar, CEO of w2bi. “The quality deployment of mobile devices requires thorough testing both during development and for certification. Since LTE is a new and complex technology, certification testing assumes even greater significance. The new certification platform for LTE mobile devices is being developed to meet this challenge.”

The combination of Aeroflex’s highly successful 7100 LTE test system integrated with w2bi’s Q-GENERIC automated test solution will create a versatile LTE handset certification platform for network operators, device manufacturers and test labs worldwide. Complementing w2bi’s existing certification platforms for 2G and 3G networks, it will bundle all the elements needed for effective LTE network certification test to enable network operators to deliver the expected quality of customer experience and bring LTE handsets to market faster. Providing a complete turnkey solution, it will automate testing based on industry standards (3GPP and 3GPP2) as well as operator-specific LTE network implementations.

The incorporation of the Aeroflex 7100 provides a fully integrated RF interface, baseband and protocol stack to simulate the network from the physical layer to the core network IP infrastructure. It uniquely offers both parametric analysis and protocol logging and diagnostics. End-to-end IP connectivity allows the data throughput performance and latency to be assessed. With a base frequency range of up to 6GHz, the Aeroflex 7100 is designed to cope with both current and potential future spectrum allocations. It also features 2×2 MIMO and built in ‘fading’ simulation, allowing device throughput to be assessed in real-world conditions. A second RF carrier is also available for handover test scenarios, a major challenge for mobile device designers and a critical feature for new network roll-out.

“Our agreement with w2bi reinforces our leadership position in LTE test,” said Bill Burrows, Business Development Director for Aeroflex Test Solutions. “Quality of service is critical to the success of LTE. To guarantee the ideal customer experience, network operators need to ensure that certification test for mobile devices features strongly within their overall LTE test plans. With the Aeroflex 7100’s proven LTE test technology at its heart, the new platform delivers this vital capability.”

About w2bi
w2bi, Inc (Wireless to Business Integration) headquartered in New Jersey, develops innovative software solutions focusing on wireless communications. w2bi’s product portfolio includes solutions for automated device testing for wireless service providers and handset manufacturers, mobile device management and enhanced features for Microsoft® SCMDM. Since 1997, w2bi has been deploying solutions globally addressing the needs of service providers, device manufacturers and enterprises.

About Aeroflex
Aeroflex Incorporated is a global provider of high technology solutions to the aerospace, defence, cellular and broadband communications markets. The Company’s diverse technologies allow it to design, develop, manufacture and market a broad range of test, measurement and microelectronic products. Aeroflex Incorporated was founded in 1937 and today has more than 2,600 employees worldwide.

About Aeroflex Test Solutions
Aeroflex Test Solutions is a global leader in the Test and Measurement Instrumentation marketplace. Its products support a wide range of industries including aerospace, defense and wireless mobile and broadband communications. Its proven solutions encompass a full spectrum of instrumentation from turnkey systems, stand alone boxes and modular components that provide customers with highly reliable, customised, innovative and cost effective tools for solving their test and measurement requirements.