3/19/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the addition of Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) capabilities to its market-leading handheld NetTek Base Analyzer, the only base station tester to offer a toolbox feature set. This addition enables Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) operators to easily meet the new measurement requirements presented in deployed EDGE networks.
EDGE technology provides operators with a cost-effective way to offer advanced data services within existing spectrum. Deployment cost is low because EDGE doesn't require a 3G license, and it utilizes the existing frame structures and carrier bandwidths from Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks. However, once the EDGE network is deployed, operators must ensure it is successfully maintained in order to retain and increase mobile subscribers and achieve return on investment. To effectively enable operators to meet these requirements, Tektronix has added EDGE support to its proven handheld NetTek Analyzer's portfolio of daily maintenance measurement capabilities. Tektronix is the first manufacturer to offer EDGE measurements in a handheld toolbox form factor.
"With the addition of EDGE capabilities, Tektronix continues to offer the most comprehensive set of standards for wireless maintenance activities," said Mark Kulper, General Manager, Wireless Field Test, Tektronix, Inc. "The toolbox characteristics of Tektronix' NetTek Analyzer enables operators to meet the technical demands of the newest technologies and subscriber expectations."
Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) Measurements Critical for EDGE Networks
The NetTek enables operators to evaluate the RF interface for EDGE services, which helps ensure a positive subscriber experience with data throughput. By measuring Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) and Carrier to Interference (C/I), essential measurements in EDGE networks, technicians can determine if the RF portion of the network is performing optimally and immediately address any degradation issues.
About The NetTek BTS Field Tool
The NetTek Analyzer is a rugged portable platform with multi-standard measurement capability. The NetTek fills the gap between expensive, full-compliance testing tools and low-cost instruments designed to perform only one measurement. The instrument's modular architecture supports a range of BTS transmitter measurements for standards including UMTS/WCDMA, EDGE, GSM, CDMA2000 1x EV-DO, CDMA2000, cdmaOne (IS-95), and IS-136. The instrument's Windows-based user interface simplifies operation and minimizes training needs. The compact battery-powered tool, which weighs just over 12 lbs (4 kg), is lightweight and rugged for transport to remote sites.
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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