Tektronix Launches New Network Monitoring Tools for GSM Operators

2/12/2003 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading provider of test, measurement, and monitoring solutions for mobile network operators, announced new network monitoring tools for operators in the vital GSM market, where a majority of revenue is currently derived.

Being profitable in the established GSM market is critical to network operators, because the rollout of next-generation (2.5G and 3G) networks is dependent on revenue generated from GSM services. To be profitable, GSM operators rely on statistical data of network traffic, network element performance and Quality of Service (QoS). Tektronix' new Planet and Intelligent Roaming Monitoring Application (IRMA) software features leverage the proven NET-7 monitoring system to enable efficiencies in network planning and network performance estimations in roaming scenarios, enabling operators to maintain a high-level of QoS and maximize GSM revenue.

"Operators rely on their existing GSM networks for steady revenue and must devote critical resources to maintain network performance and profits," said Bob Agnes, Vice President, Monitoring & Protocol Test, Tektronix. "By leveraging our expertise in 2G, 2.5G and 3G mobile networks, we've been able to design the new NET-7 features to automatically detect performance problems and report data, enabling operators to easily maintain the profitability of GSM networks."

NET-7 Planet Network Planning Software Automates Activities, Aids Decision-Making
The new NET-7 Planet feature provides a steady, reliable supply of statistical data which allows expert planners to verify and modify routing tables at various nodes to handle peaks, bypass problem nodes and adapt to network reconfiguration. This is done with NET-7 Planet's four main elements: Planet/TR Core, Planet/TR BSC-BSC, Planet/Sig, and Handover Matrix. These tools integrate into the NET-7 monitoring system and together address multiple protocol layers to provide comprehensive information about network traffic. The data correlates down to the individual call level and spans the whole network, from origin to destination. The result is an analytical view of traffic flow across the network. This level of detail, unique among network monitoring solutions, gives planning engineers the support they need as they make decisions about sharing traffic loads among available network resources.

NET-7 IRMA Measures Network Performance, Detects Poor QoS
The IRMA feature provides clear, definable measurements of the inter-working performance among different networks. The application extracts raw data from the transmission trunk at the interconnection level of the network. Analysis is then taken by combining both Mobile Application Part (MAP) and ISDN User Part (ISUP) signaling data, which support the mobility of roaming users. The comprehensive set of measurements includes real-time analysis of all MAP transactions and the Mobile Terminated Calls (MTCs). These measurements provide a constant view of the service being provided to roamers and quickly disclose QoS degradation in order for operators to take immediate action, minimizing impact on users. In addition, the application immediately alarms network planners to QoS issues via specific parameters set by the software tool. This allows operators to assess dropped calls experienced by visitors to the network.

About the NET-7 Monitoring System
The NET-7 is a full-featured SS7/GSM network analysis platform that houses a wide range of applications specifically designed to meet the most demanding troubleshooting and business analysis needs. It is a non-intrusive monitoring system that consists of a central unit and remote probes that connect to the signaling network. The NET-7's Windows®-based user interface provides a familiar operating environment and compatibility with office applications and analysis tools. The NET-7 is seamlessly integrated with NET-GPRS to provide a complete SS7/GSM/GPRS solution.

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.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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