Tektronix Brings First Dynamic Monitoring Solution to Market, Speeding UMTS Network Development

7/24/2002 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), an innovator in test, measurement and monitoring solutions for mobile equipment manufacturers and operators, today announced a new solution for real-time monitoring and analysis of the latest Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) mobile networks elements.

UMTS network elements are much more complex to test than second generation (2G, 2.5G) components and continue to require fast, accurate verification at each interface. With this increased complexity and the evolving nature of UMTS element development, many of today's test solutions fail to completely address critical interfaces and protocols. Tektronix' newest software release for the K1297-G20 protocol tester, Version 2.01 (V2.01), adds important pieces to the UMTS "puzzle." Most significantly, V2.01 includes Dynamic Monitoring, an innovative feature that provides the first real-time analysis on the Iub interface, eliminating the need for post processing of data.

"By providing Dynamic Monitoring, Tektronix is paving the way for faster UMTS mobile network design, enabling operators' success in a challenging market," said Bob Agnes, Vice President, Monitoring and Protocol Test, Tektronix. "With this significant feature available only on the K1297-G20 protocol test platform, manufacturers and operators are closer than ever to successful UMTS deployment."

Dynamic Monitoring Accelerates UMTS Success
Prior to the release of Tektronix' V2.01, mobile equipment manufacturers and operators gathered data on the Iub interface and proceeded to process and analyze the information afterwards (post-processing). In this scenario, the user was unable to monitor traffic during post-processing, limiting the accuracy of compiled data and using up valuable time. With V2.01, Tektronix' Dynamic Monitoring feature provides the capability to monitor and analyze traffic moving through the Iub interface and identify which of more than 150 channels are being used in real-time. Users are able to skip the post-processing phase and gather timely information, increasing the user's confidence of the data received.

Extending the capabilities of Tektronix' K1297-G20 UMTS Solution Package announced earlier this year, V2.01 also adds call simulation on the Iub interface. This feature enables monitoring of data simulation over the high-performance online AAL2 (real-time) layer.

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 monitor simultaneously monitor and enable interoperability of GSM, GPRS and UMTS network elements. The existing GPRS-related features of the K1297-20 have made Tektronix the #1 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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