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May 07, 2007

VoIP Test Solutions Company Tektronix Expands Relationship with Indonesian Carrier Telkomsel

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Associate Editor

With the increasing unification of different communications technologies, it is becoming more challenging for providers to stay on top of managing service quality, and even to distinguish between test solutions geared toward wireless deployments and those for IP-based offerings.



 
Tektronix (News - Alert), Inc., is at the forefront of this convergence. The worldwide provider of network management and diagnostics tools now offers a broad spectrum of monitoring solutions—from VoIP test solutions to wireless signal analyzers. The company has been in business for 60 years, and today has offices in 19 countries.
 
The global reach of Tektronix’s portfolio was evidenced by an announcement from the company on Monday, highlighting the newly expanded nature of its long-standing association with Indonesian cellular carrier Telkomsel.
 
Tektronix is now providing additional protocol analyzer solutions for Telkomsel’s new test lab. The carrier expanded its existing Tektronix test infrastructure (K12, K15, and Spectra products for GSM/GPRS testing) by adding a test platform made up of Tektronix’ K1297-G35 and Spectra2 solutions. These tools help Telkomsel perform mobile network element simulation and load testing before live networks are rolled out.
 
Marfani Hasan, manager of switching operations at Telkomsel, said that the company has been using multiple Tektronix protocol analyzers for years to test 2G/2.5G networks.
 
“We want to ensure high-performance levels of our network elements before we introduce next generation technology services to our customers,” Hasan said in a statement. “We are confident Tektronix' G35 and Spectra2 solutions will help us perform the required network element simulation and load tests before going live in the networks.”

Tektronix’s K1297-G35 solution lets providers test 3G networks by performing simulations that mimic realistic, real-world conditions. Test applications for this solution include user-plane traffic (simulated voice, data, circuit-switched video) and control-plane traffic (e.g. signaling messages sent during network transactions). K1297-G35 is a scalable platform that supports multi-interface, high-performance and high-capacity test applications.
 
Spectra2 is a VoIP test solution that also covers IMS and converged networks. Support is included for passive monitoring, protocol testing, and large-scale load generation. It represents a versatile and flexible, integrated application. Tektronix designed Spectra2 to meet the challenge of optimizing converged and next-generation networks.
 
"Today's mobile market is highly competitive, and our customers need robust and innovative test solutions that enable them to launch new services and network elements in the most effective and reliable way while reducing time to revenues,” explained Arif Kareem, vice president of network diagnostics at Tektronix.
 
Kareem continued: “Telkomsel has been a valuable Tektronix customer for many years, and we are pleased to extend our association with them as they begin the next stage of their advanced technology introduction.”

To learn more about Tektronix’s VoIP test solutions and other network monitoring equipment, please visit the company’s TMCnet.com channel, VoIP Test Solutions.
 

For more about wireless services, check out this white paper: Succeeding with SMS Today—just one of the reference documents available in TMCnet’s White Paper Library. After perusing the library, make sure you hop on over to the Communications Developer Conference site to register and get additional info about the event (May 14-17, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, California)—where you can learn how to build the next generation of IP-based communications products and services.

 
Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page. Also check out her Wireless Mobility blog.

(source: http://www.tmcnet.com/channels/voip-test-solutions/articles/6699-voip-test-solutions-company-tektronix-expands-relationship-with.htm)






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