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Spirent Updates Test Center

Spirent introduced significant improvements in switch and router testing technology

May 2, 2006

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ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Spirent Communications (NYSE: SPM; LSE: SPT), a worldwide provider of integrated performance analysis and service assurance systems for next-generation network technologies, introduced significant improvements in switch and router testing technology. The Spirent TestCenter 1.20 accurately diagnoses multi-function switch and router faults 10 times faster than current testing processes, significantly increasing productivity and reducing service time to market.

"The growing complexity coupled with heavy competition is placing significant pressure on network equipment manufacturers to quickly bring to market high quality systems." said Zeus Kerravala, VP of Enterprise Software with the Yankee Group. "Test systems that are focused on improving the testing cycle and reducing time to market are critical for the success of system vendors."The Spirent TestCenter 1.20 network performance analysis system is effectively addressing rapid changes in switching and routing technology through three key testing elements: white-box testing for routers to quickly discover and diagnose faults; Integrated System Testing to uncover switch faults; and automation to give testers the ability to write scripts for repetitive test cases.

Spirent's white-box test approach for routers provides unprecedented visibility into device under test (DUT) internals to quickly and effectively isolate router faults and trouble shoot in real time. White-box testing allows organizations to easily extend their traditional testing to include proprietary diagnostics from their DUT and use this time-correlated information to easily isolate dynamic failure conditions.

Spirent's Integrated System Testing capability goes beyond quality assurance by single feature testing. This new testing capability allows Switch manufacturers to assess the performance of their equipment in an environment similar to a real network where QoS and Security are enabled while operating at extreme scale. This significantly reduces the time it takes to find switch faults and reduces the risk of faults being revealed in turn-up testing by a customer validation lab.

"With the complexity of switches and routers constantly increasing, it's critical that equipment manufacturers enable enterprises and carriers to effectively deliver high-quality services in the fastest time-to-market possible," said Chris Bohrson, vice president of marketing with Spirent."The Spirent TestCenter 1.20 speeds troubleshooting time by a factor of 10 and significantly increases productivity because entire test cases can be duplicated among functional groups."

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