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February 16, 2010

Anritsu to Test Sierra Wireless Dual-Carrier Modem at Mobile World Congress


Anritsu (News - Alert), a provider of communications test and measurement solutions, announced that its MD8480C Signaling Tester with Dual-Carrier HSPA Evolution support has been selected by Sierra Wireless (News - Alert) to demonstrate performance of the Sierra Wireless AirCard 312U mobile broadband modem at Mobile World Congress.

 
Tony Paredes, general manager of Anritsu Canada, said that the company is pleased to work with Sierra Wireless to demonstrate the exceptional performance of the AirCard 312U HSPA Evolution modem.
 
“The MD8480C is the only dual-carrier HSPA Evolution solution on the market, and was developed based on Anritsu being actively involved in standards organizations and working with HSPA Evolution chipset and device manufacturers,” Paredes said.
 
According to Pierre Teyssier, senior vice president of Engineering for Sierra Wireless, developing successful technology-leading products involves much more than building demonstration prototypes.
 
“Sierra Wireless has a proven process for getting these products to market quickly and meeting customer requirements,” Teyssier said. “Having capable test equipment available is critical to this process, and Sierra Wireless depends on Anritsu to provide that test capability for its HSPA Evolution AirCard products.”
 
The demonstration will show maximum download speeds from a simulated Rel. 8 HSPA Evolution network to the Sierra Wireless AirCard 312U modem, with the MD8480C Signaling Tester serving as the HSPA Evolution base station and network simulator. Anritsu's solution supports the latest HSPA data rates of 42.2 Mbps in the downlink and 11 Mbps in the uplink.
 
The MD8480C W-CDMA Signaling Tester is a base station simulator with layer 1 to layer 3 protocol development and application test functions for GSM/W-CDMA mobile devices supporting Release 99 to Release 8. It has an air interface conforming to 3GPP specifications and supports a full range of tests, including coding and decoding, protocol sequence testing, voice and data communications testing, such as circuit switch, packet switch, and UE end-to-end testing. The MD8480C is highly configurable, and is available with up to 4 base stations and 2 RFs simultaneously.
 
The Sierra Wireless AirCard 312U supports Dual-Carrier HSPA Evolution functionality for downlink data rates of up to 42.2 Mbps, and is based on the Qualcomm (News - Alert) MDM8220 chipset. This product expands Sierra Wireless’ industry-leading AirCard product portfolio, providing reliable, high-quality performance to consumers and network efficiency to operators.
Recently, Anritsu announced the addition of new capabilities to its E series Spectrum (News - Alert) Masters - MS2712E and MS2713E and Site Master Analyzers - S332E and S362E. According to officials with Anritsu, the company has expanded measurement capability to these analyzers by adding signal analyzer capabilities.

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Edited by Kelly McGuire










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