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September 29, 2006

Tektronix Adds TD-SCDMA Support to RF Field Tester

By Laura Stotler, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Tektronix Inc. has announced the addition of TD-SCDMA as an option for its NetTek Wireless RF Field Tester. The enhanced solution offers TD-SCDMA RF field test and measurement capabilities in handheld form, which enables network providers, contractors and equipment manufacturers to easily diagnose Node B transmitter problems and more efficiently manage the roll out of the new technology.

Tektronix (News - Alert) collaborates with a number of mobile network operators and equipment manufacturers to offer test and control of their networks and applications, which enables reduced business and technology risk associated with new standards development and deployment.

The Tektronix RF field test solution offers a handheld spectrum analyzer, GPS location information and internal mapping capabilities to offer a field ready frequency clearing tool for spotting and dealing with erroneous RF signals. Other capabilities include demodulation measurements for technologies like HSDPA and W-CDMA. Support for TD-SCDMA is also available through the Tektronix Mobile Protocol Test solutions, offering customers a suite of mobile protocol test tools for the next generation of multi-service networks.

“The timely availability of accurate and cost effective solutions for base transceiver station maintenance and antenna test is an essential element of a successful TD-SCDMA roll out,” said Wensheng Xu, senior technical manager, product testing department, Datang Mobile. “Tektronix’ NetTek suite of RF field test applications will help us deliver the quality and reliability that our customers have come to expect from the new standard, leading to increased 3G services adoption and subscribers' satisfaction.”

“Tektronix is focused on enabling customers to rapidly develop and deploy new technologies, such as TD-SCDMA,” said Bob Hiebert, general manager, Wireless Field Test, Tektronix. “With the addition of the TD-SCDMA measurements to the NetTek Tester, Tektronix continues to offer the most comprehensive set of tests for wireless RF field test activities. This builds upon the easiest to use RF field test platform in the industry, where once again Tektronix offers the right applications when our customers need them.”

Fixed-mobile convergence is no longer a matter of “if” but “when” and although projections vary on timing, everyone knows the it is now inevitable. How can service providers capitalize on it? What do enterprises and end-users to need to do to prepare for it? Be sure to attend the Mobility Summit taking place at INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & Expo, WEST, which runs October 10-13, 2006, in San Diego.


Laura Stotler writes about IP Communications and related topics for TMCnet. She has covered VoIP and related technologies for seven years, contributing to Internet Telephony magazine and TMCnet, and as a freelance writer. To see more articles, please visit: Laura Stotler’s columnist page.


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