Agilent Unveils First Active-call Test System for 3G W-CDMA Services

10/14/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the North American availability of the industry's first active-call test system for real-time management of advanced 3G W-CDMA (wide-band CDMA) services. The proven Agilent OSS Wireless QoS Manager enables North American communication service providers to quickly identify and isolate 2G, 2.5G and now 3G service problems across multitechnology networks, minimizing downtime while providing higher quality of service (QoS) and faster time to market for new services.

W-CDMA, the next-generation standard for GSM/GPRS services, supports expanded data-transfer rates necessary for advanced wireless services such as video telephony and multimedia streaming.

The Agilent OSS Wireless QoS Manager allows unattended, remote testing from geographically distributed locations of voice services, low-level protocols and advanced services using centralized USIM (universal subscriber identity module) multiplexing. The solution performs active test calls on an extensive range of wireless services, such as video telephony, multimedia streaming, mobile instant messaging, unified messaging, voice, SMS (short message service), e-mail, Web and MMS (multimedia message service). Automated tests identify service problems, such as slow download speeds in a particular region, delayed MMS messages and poor performance of video streaming, while operator-initiated tests verify problem resolution.

"The new infrastructure required for 3G services introduces a new level of complexity to network and service operations," said Giorgio Dina, Agilent OSS vice president and general manager. "To simplify service testing, troubleshooting and continuous monitoring -- both before commercial launch and during operation -- service providers require an industrial-strength, proven management solution. With this announcement, we are bringing to North America a solution that seven of the top 10 European wireless carriers already depend on to ensure high-quality 2G, 2.5G and 3G services. Agilent is now uniquely positioned to help carriers effectively move to 3G networks in North America."

Additional information about Agilent OSS Wireless QoS Manager is available in an online media kit at

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