10/21/2005 - Aeroflex and Centro de Tecnología de las Comunicaciones (Cetecom Spain) have entered into a long-term, global distribution partnership under which Aeroflex will become the sole worldwide sales and support channel for Cetecom's highly regarded MINT RF conformance test platform for 2G/2.5G/3G mobile handsets. The distribution partnership with Cetecom firmly places Aeroflex in the forefront of the global market for mobile terminal RF conformance testing and complements its existing leadership position in protocol conformance testing, providing Aeroflex customers with a single source for a complete handset conformance testing solution.
Commenting on Aeroflex's move into RF conformance testing, Pete Nicholson, business unit manager for Aeroflex Test Solutions, Wireless Division said: "The partnership between Aeroflex and Cetecom is great news all round. From the customers' perspective, they now have access to a RF and protocol mobile conformance testing solution from a source they know and trust. From Aeroflex's point of view, it gives us an instant presence in the RF conformance market with a quality solution. For Cetecom, access to Aeroflex's established worldwide sales and support channel presents a real opportunity to maximise the global sales potential of its MINT RF conformance test platform."
Andres Moreno, CETECOM Wireless Division Director, said: "This is important news for the mobile communications market because we will be able to offer the most innovative and complete product portfolio for conformance testing. We will also have the opportunity to lead this fast-changing market thanks to our combined efforts in R&D, worldwide sales and technical support."
The MINT (Mobile Communications Integrated Tester) RF Conformance Tester is a highly scaleable, modular and automatic platform ideally suited to both mobile handset and chipset manufacturers to ensure their products comply with the applicable GCF Certification Criteria test cases and also to network operators for quality assurance purposes. It is currently the only complete, dual-mode test system that supports RRM, GSM850/900/1800/1900, GPRS, E-GPRS, AMR and W-CDMA mobile terminal development and certification testing according to 3GPP TS 51.010-1 and 3GPP TS 34.121.
Aeroflex Incorporated is a global provider of high technology solutions to the aerospace, defence, cellular and broadband communications markets. The company's diverse technologies allow it to design, develop, manufacture and market a broad range of test, measurement and microelectronic products. The company's common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol ARXX and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 index.
About Aeroflex Test Solutions, Wireless Division
Aeroflex Wireless offers a full range of protocol, physical layer and parametric test solutions for the cellular communications industry. Its products address infrastructure and mobile handset testing and support all stages of mobile phone and radio access network equipment development and deployment. Applications include R&D, conformance, production, installation and commissioning, field service, and network optimization. Aeroflex's wireless products test all key 2G, 2.5G and 3G wireless technologies including UMTS, cdmaOne, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, GSM, GPRS, and EDGE worldwide.
About CETECOM Spain
Centro de Tecnología de las Comunicaciones, S.A. (CETECOM Spain) is a global supplier of Testing Solutions for wired and wireless technologies (GSM/GPRS, EDGE, W-CDMA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, RFID, DECT and PSTN). It services portfolio ranges from conformance, regulatory and interoperability testing services to test systems development, world-wide compliance services, training and consulting.
CETECOM underwent a share restructuring process in June 2004, led by the Council for Innovation, Science and Enterprise (Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa), with the objective of expanding the international scope of the company. The shareholders of CETECOM are currently distributed between the Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia - (49.05%), the Andalusian savings bank El Monte (24.53%), Andalusia´s Industrial Verifications, Veiasa (24.53%) and Sadiel (1.90%)
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