Agilent Tools Selected to Optimize U.S. Cellular's Network Performance

4/22/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that U.S. Cellular (AMEX: USM) has selected its Base Station Test Set and Wireless Network Optimization Platform to optimize its network performance, obtain data test measurements and manage the company's conversion to next-generation technology.

"Agilent's technology has made our network test processes easier and more cost-effective," said Hichem H. Garnaoui, vice president of national network operations for U.S. Cellular. "Agilent's tools and services will help us continue to offer our customers the advanced technology and voice quality they expect from their wireless service provider."

The Agilent Base Station Test Set is a portable, easy-to-use solution that combines wireless and wireline measurements into a single, rugged instrument, eliminating the need for technicians to carry, manage and learn multiple test tools. This solution dramatically increases technician productivity and reduces U.S. Cellular's training costs as well as the time and expense of commissioning and maintaining new base stations.

The Agilent Wireless Network Optimization Platform enables U.S. Cellular to proactively address challenges with wireless voice and data networks by identifying problems quickly and accurately, minimizing the required number of drive tests and maximizing engineering efficiency.

"We are pleased that U.S. Cellular has selected Agilent's innovative network solutions," said Eric McHenry, vice president of Agilent's Wireless Network Test Division. "Our goal is to provide tools that increase productivity, cut operating and deployment costs, and enhance customers' lives."

Additional information about Agilent's wireless network test solutions and services is available at

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular Corporation, the nation's eighth-largest wireless service carrier, provides wireless service to approximately 4.1 million customers throughout 149 markets in 25 states. The Chicago-based company operates on a customer satisfaction strategy, meeting customers' needs by providing a comprehensive range of wireless products and services, excellent customer support and a high quality network. For more information about U.S. Cellular, visit the company's Web site at

Agilent in Communications
Agilent Technologies is a leading provider of components, test, measurement, monitoring and management solutions for the communications industry. Agilent enables designers, manufacturers and service providers to accelerate the delivery of next-generation devices, networks and services. Agilent's broad set of solutions and services includes optical, wireless, Internet and broadband technologies that span the entire communications life cycle.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 35,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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