Tektronix Supports Latest UMTS Release, Enabling Developers To Move Forward With Implementation

12/5/2002 - Tektronix, a leading provider of test, measurement, and monitoring solutions for mobile equipment manufacturers and operators, announced its protocol test support feature for the newest Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) standard release.

UMTS Release 4 (R4) is the next step in the migration towards full implementation of third-generation (3G) UMTS networks. In order to meet the requirements of each new release and to meet delivery deadlines for UMTS elements, mobile equipment manufacturers are challenged to test the compliance of their existing products against the newest specifications; a proven test tool that supports the latest standard is mandatory. Tektronix' K1297-G20 protocol tester Version 2.40 (V2.40) delivers compliance testing of UMTS R4 in a proven, comprehensive tool.

"Mobile equipment manufacturers depend on their test tools to support the latest standard as soon as it is released," said Bob Agnes, Vice President, Monitoring & Protocol Test, Tektronix. "Tektronix answers this customer requirement with a proven platform that leverages technical innovation in both 2.5G and 3G networks to support for the latest standards as soon as customers need it."

Mandatory Tests Quickly Accomplished with Tektronix V2.40
When a new standard is introduced, equipment manufacturers are challenged to perform a variety of mandatory tests to comply with the new specifications. The K1297-G20 protocol tester, a proven tool for 2G/2.5G/3G testing, is positioned to address these mandatory measurements quickly and with the confidence of test engineers.

The K1297-G20 V2.40 is equipped with test case development tools to enable definition and modification of messages and message sequences and to create scenarios that examine specific functions of network elements. In addition, the test automation feature enables engineers to quickly perform essential regression tests to ensure intended standards specifications have been implemented correctly and that no unintended changes have been introduced. The monitoring capabilities of the K1297-G20 V2.40 provide a full set of processing applications and allows decoding to the bit level, enabling engineers to observe behavior in selected interfaces in the network as they implement UMTS R4 specifications.

Equipped with Emulation and Simulation Capabilities, Tektronix' Platform Saves Time, Costs
In order to get network elements out the door on time, equipment manufactures are pressured to run new specification tests quickly and without additional expenditures. With the K1297-G20 protocol tester, manufacturers simply upload Tektronix' new V2.40 to enable UMTS R4 support, saving time and the expenses associated with the use of additional test equipment. Moreover, with the simulation and emulation capabilities of the K1297-G20, manufacturers can replace the use of network elements during test, enabling test scenarios to be performed even before the elements are available. This further cuts costs and time from delivery schedules.

About the K1297-G20 Protocol Tester
About the K1297-G20 Protocol Tester The K1297-G20 is a full-featured, compact protocol tester that can be configured for a wide range of protocols. It supports multi-channel and multi-port protocol testing and incorporates a broad selection of conformance test suites. The K1297-G20 is set apart by its ability to simultaneously monitor and enable interoperability of GSM, GPRS and UMTS network elements. The existing GPRS-related features of the K1297-20 have made Tektronix a leading supplier of GPRS signaling protocol test equipment.

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is www.tektronix.com.

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