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Agilent boosts wireless test sol'ns with AT4 buy

Posted: 19 Jul 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:test systems  acquisition  LTE 

Agilent Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the test systems business division of wireless communications testing services and solutions, AT4 Wireless.

The financial details of the acquisition, expected to be completed by early August, were not disclosed.

The Test Systems business includes 130 employees in Malaga, who will transfer to Agilent when the acquisition is final. AT4 wireless' other businesses—Testing & Certification Services and IT Services & Solutions—are not part of the pending acquisition by Agilent.

The wireless test portfolio from AT4 wireless will enable Agilent to offer its customers an even broader set of test solutions, especially in the rapidly growing LTE market. In addition, the acquisition will expand Agilent's wireless test footprint by adding NFC/RFID and Bluetooth test solutions for conformance and R&D.

"We are very excited to further extend our lead in wireless test by adding products, test coverage and critical talent through this acquisition," said Guy Séné, president of Agilent's Electronic Measurement Group. "LTE represents the future of wireless communications, and AT4 wireless has a proven track record of delivering innovative conformance and R&D test solutions to the market, when the market needs them."

"We have worked successfully with Agilent for many years, and see this acquisition as a natural fit for both parties," said Luis Fernando Martinez, general director of AT4 Wireless. "Going forward, AT4 Wireless will continue growing internationally, investing in new testing services to better serve the wireless industry, expanding services for carriers globally and building new testing services in emerging wireless markets."

The Test Systems business has combined the experience gained from 17 years of certification testing activities with advanced system designs and architectures. These test platforms are widely used in the industry, from test houses to chipset manufacturers.

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