Comarco Tests UMTS

Comarco Wireless Test Solutions launches Seven.Five for UMTS, the industry's first comprehensive 3G drive-test system

June 24, 2003

3 Min Read

IRVINE, Calif. -- Seven.Five(TM) for UMTS, from COMARCO (Nasdaq:CMRO) Wireless Test Solutions, marks an industry milestone for operators deploying 3G service. Seven.Five for UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone System) provides the world's first drive-test tool that combines an integrated tri-band RF scanning receiver with complete voice, data and video Quality of Service (QoS) tests.

These fully-integrated features make Seven.Five for UMTS the only drive-test tool that can measure QoS from the perspective of the wireless subscriber while providing the root cause for any QoS problems. Launched by COMARCO, Inc. through its Wireless Test Solutions (WTS) group, in partnership with SwissQual AG of Zuchwil, Switzerland, Seven.Five for UMTS will be used by infrastructure providers and cellular carriers worldwide, speeding network deployment and optimization, as well as benchmarking of the UMTS wireless infrastructure.

The ongoing trials and commercial launches of UMTS networks in Europe are the culmination of billions of dollars in spending in anticipation of ever-growing demand for data services in a mobile phone environment. It is believed that the high speed data capability of UMTS (up to 2 megabits per second) will drive innovation for the "killer applications" which will, in turn, bring an ever increasing number of subscribers willing to pay more money for service. Current applications for UMTS include traditional voice, full capability Internet access, MMS and streaming video.

"Our exclusive voice-quality algorithms and the industry's only video-quality algorithm combined with our class-leading RF scanning receiver provide a very accurate measure of network QoS integrated with a wealth of engineering data," says Greg Maton, senior vice president of COMARCO. "With our powerful post-processing software, customers will be equipped to rapidly analyze problems that occur in their UMTS networks, and find solutions to those problems."

Seven.Five for UMTS is a member of the Seven.Five test family. The test family is a mobile test platform that is adaptable to virtually any test application. It provides wireless infrastructure analysis, benchmarking and optimization for 2G, 2.5G and 3G network deployments.

The Seven.Five family consists of the following five members:

  • Seven.Five for UMTS Solo: Ideally suited for network deployment activities, Solo is the only single Calling Module product available with a family of audio and data QoS algorithms. It's the perfect entry-level product, capable of seamless migration to the Seven.Five Duo.

  • Seven.Five for UMTS Duo: As networks mature, the power of a Calling Module plus a scanner is necessary to quickly and efficiently optimize them. Duo supports up to two Calling Modules, which can have mixed technologies, and one Multi-Band, Multi-Technology RF Scanner. A Portability Kit is available for in-building needs.

  • Seven.Five for UMTS Multi: Designed for ultimate flexibility and scalability, Seven.Five for UMTS Multi can house up to any combination of six Calling Modules or Scanners in each chassis. Multiple chassis can be combined to allow for up to 96 Calling Modules. The customer can mix and match technologies for benchmarking applications or configure a system with similar technologies for optimization activities. Multi does it all, and is also available with a Portability Kit for in-building and pedestrian testing needs.

  • Seven.Five for UMTS Multi-Band, Multi-Technology RF Scanner: The most advanced and accurate scanner for field-test applications. Capable of lightning-fast scans (over 3000 channels per second) in multiple frequency bands, with multiple technologies, doing DVCC, BSIC and PN decoding simultaneously. The scanner offers spectrum analyzer-type measurements and full baseband decoding for UMTS, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, EDGE, IS-136, CDMA2000 and WCDMA.

  • Seven.Five for UMTS Data Extractor (DX): A very complete and easy-to-use software application that allows operators to produce comprehensive benchmarking reports, as well as perform desktop network optimization using all of the data collected by the Seven.Five hardware. The Data Interface includes a variety of features for data administration, filtering capability, analysis, statistics, integrated mapping and generation of reports, as well as an interface (ODBC) for third-party software.

Pricing for Seven.Five for UMTS starts at around $15,000. Availability is six to eight weeks from receipt of order.

Comarco Inc.

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