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Test & Measurement: Anite launches commercial carrier aggregation testing

Anite announced two recent firsts, one of which is support for commercial LTE-A and carrier aggregation testing for mobile network operators and infrastructure vendors using its Nemo Outdoor testing platform.

Carrier aggregation allows operators to combine spectrum resources in order to increase network speeds. Anite’s Nemo Outdoor platform provides information about the primary and secondary component carriers for CA, including physical cell ID, signal levels and quality; plus link adaptation and radio resource allocation, among other LTE parameters. Anite said the new CA testing feature complements existing testing for 2G, 3G and LTE, while supporting analysis and optimization of heterogeneous networks that include small cells.

“Key industry players are already preparing for LTE-A and carrier aggregation deployments,” said Petri Toljamo, managing director for Anite’s network testing business. “With our help, operators can make sure their networks are optimized for providing the high data rates their customers are demanding.”

Anite also announced that it is the first vendor to support POLQUA voice quality testing with the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505) on a handheld measurement tool. The company also announced several new features with the latest release of its Android-based Nemo Handy-A measurement solution, including Wi-FI offload and HetNet monitoring in real time and a transaction log view.

JDSU has upgraded its Certifier 40G for measuring frequencies for all current and future cabling standards for new enterprise copper and fiber. New benefits include fully testing MPO connectivity links, and troubleshooting for 10G, 40G and 100G; plus inspecting fiber end-faces with automated pass/fail analysis.

Agilent Technologies was recognized by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan with its 2013 New Product Innovation Award for handheld general-purpose test equipment, for its FieldFox handheld radio frequency and microwave analyzers. Equipment was judged on criteria including innovative elements, leveraging leading-edge technologies, value-added features and benefits, increased customer return on investment, and the potential for customer acquisition/penetration.

“Our evaluation revealed that since FieldFox’s introduction, it has delivered in each of these key areas and as a result, gained market share,” said Sujan Sami, program manager with Frost & Sullivan. “FieldFox’s unique features and innovativeness stem from its ability to incorporate the capabilities of multiple test equipment in a single compact package, while also providing bench-top-level performance, high robustness and durability.”

 

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Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Kelly reports on network test and measurement, as well as the use of big data and analytics. She first covered the wireless industry for RCR Wireless News in 2005, focusing on carriers and mobile virtual network operators, then took a few years’ hiatus and returned to RCR Wireless News to write about heterogeneous networks and network infrastructure. Kelly is an Ohio native with a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on science writing and multimedia. She has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and The Canton Repository. Follow her on Twitter: @khillrcr

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