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Protocol testing platform aids UMTS designers in 3G quest

Daniel Thomas
Tektronix has released a protocol analysis platform that enables telecommunications equipment designers to develop and test Universal Mobile

Telecommunication System (UMTS) network elements - the emerging third generation (3G) mobile communications standard, writes Daniel Thomas.

Tektronix, a provider of test, measurement and monitoring equipment for the computer and telecommunications industries, produced the K1297-G20 protocol analyser to enable users to make use of the combined voice, video and data services supported in the UMTS 3G mobile communication infrastructure.

The protocol tester is a multi-interface, multi-protocol instrument that combines a configurable hardware platform with software that is compliant with Windows. The system implements features ranging from subscriber simulations to endurance tests.

The K1297-G20 is already used for the conformance testing and monitoring of diverse second-generation network equipment and the added UMTS functionality enables mobile network operators to deploy extended features such as global roaming and Internet access.

"Network equipment manufacturers are developing UMTS-based systems now, with the goal of launching products as soon as 2001," said Scott Bausback, vice-president of the communications business unit at Tektronix.

Since its release, the K1297-G20 protocol analyser has already been put to use by the Siemens information and communication mobile division.


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