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Agilent unveils multiband Mobile WiMAX receiver

Posted: 15 Feb 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mobile WiMAX networks  measurement receiver 


Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a measurement receiver for Mobile WiMAX, extending the technology support of its existing drive test receiver platform. This Agilent receiver enables network equipment manufacturers and wireless operators' RF engineering teams to effectively deploy, optimise and troubleshoot Mobile WiMAX networks by quickly identifying coverage and interference problems. The Agilent W1314A platform has options to support GSM, UMTS, IS95, cdma2000, 1xEVDO, iDEN and WiMAX technologies.

As WiMAX technology matures and more advanced network designs are realised, it is important to maximise the effectiveness of drive-test teams by providing them the ability to quickly and accurately collect RF measurement data. The receiver integrates with the Agilent E6474A network optimisation software to provide a core of RF coverage data, technology-specific interference and optimisation measurements.

"As Mobile WiMAX begins to compete head on with other 3G and 3.5G technologies, there is even greater need to validate the network design and performance targets as quickly as possible," said Jonathan Dunbar, general manager of Agilent's drive test business. "Unlike a standard Mobile WiMAX subscriber device, the network independent receiver measurements enable users to clearly see individual sector coverage areas and validate that they meet the design criteria."

Benefits of the Agilent W1314A-E01 receiver include the ability to quickly troubleshoot handover and missing-neighbour issues, confirm coverage and pinpoint interference sources, as well as support of up to eight frequency bands, which allows 2.3-, 2.5- and 3.5GHZ Mobile WiMAX networks to be monitored by a single, compact solution. The receiver also features small form factor and rugged casing, which makes the solution easy to carry and able to withstand the rough environment of field-based testing. The device's built-in high sensitivity GPS offers significantly enhanced position-reporting performance in dense urban environments and in many indoor situations.

The Agilent W1314A receiver platform is available now with pricing varying with configuration.

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