Agilent Joins MWC Fun

New assureME apps accelerate deployment of VOIP for mobile softswitch networks; introduces functional tester for MIPI D-PHY standard interconnects

February 12, 2008

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BARCELONA -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the most comprehensive solution for monitoring and troubleshooting new mobile soft switch (MSS) networks and the Voice over IP (VoIP) services they deliver. Agilent's enhanced QoS analyzer and session trace applications further extend the assureME application portfolio by simplifying the process of managing MSS networks. Network and service quality is ensured through rapid identification and analysis of potential issues, and in-depth troubleshooting for early problem resolution.

Deploying mobile soft switches is a critical step to ensure that mobile operators remain competitive in their key service, voice telephony. Mobile soft switches reduce service delivery costs to address increasing threats from other operators but also from an ever-growing number of low-cost virtual operators and most recently, from free Internet service providers. As mobile service providers deploy MSS networks, they look for familiar ways to manage the network. As this takes place, the network is extremely susceptible to configuration, quality and interworking issues. Agilent's QoS analyzer prioritizes the most critical service and network problems for rapid diagnosis. The solution enables mobile operators to track a new extensive set of key performance indicators (KPIs), including voice quality, to manage soft switch infrastructure, and to deliver an acceptable service experience.

Agilent's session trace has evolved to provide critical new capabilities to help operators troubleshoot soft switch networks. Customer, service and network problems are detailed from session down to packet decode of signaling and voice channel analysis. Combined, these solutions provide rapid problem resolution in three clicks: notification, context and troubleshooting. Further extending their industry-proven capabilities, both solutions are integrated into operations and engineering workflow, enabling the easy transfer and sharing of information, and problem diagnosis across departments.

"Agilent has the longest history of monitoring signaling networks in the industry and leads the market in this area," said Ann Marie Zimmerman, Agilent vice president and general manager, Assurance Solutions. "We've leveraged that experience and technology to provide two new applications for mobile soft switch networks and VoIP: QoS analyzer and session trace for mobile soft switch, which simplify MSS network management and greatly accelerate real-time deployments. The solution has already gained significant industry acceptance with the placement of a major order by a key European mobile operator."

In a separate release:

BARCELONA -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the industry's first MIPI D-PHY (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) protocol test solution, supporting Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) and Display Serial Interfaces (DSI) for mobile devices. This solution, which is based on Agilent's 16900 logic analyzer platform, facilitates MIPI D-PHY hardware and software debug and reduces interoperability testing.

The emergence of standard high-speed serial, protocol-based interconnects between components in mobile devices is driving changes in the debug and test methodologies, where compliance and interoperability test become increasingly important. Simultaneously, as power requirements must be kept to a minimum, it is difficult to test the nature and operation of these interconnects with traditional tools; specific test solutions are required.

As a contributing member of the MIPI Alliance, Agilent is committed to the development of test solutions that address these emerging needs and help accelerate the adoption of MIPI D-PHY-enabled devices. The MIPI Alliance promotes standardized interconnects for mobile devices.

"The introduction of this solution illustrates Agilent's commitment to use its expertise in logic, serial protocol and wireless test to help our customers transform mobile device architectures to digital technologies with a new set of tools that are well integrated into the wireless use model," said Sigi Gross, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Digital Test Division.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A)

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