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.