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Tektronix base analyzer offers EDGE capabilities

Posted: 24 Mar 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tektronix? enhanced data rates for global evolution? edge? nettek base analyzer?

Tektronix Inc. has announced the addition of Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) capabilities to its handheld NetTek base analyzer that enables Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) operators to meet the new measurement requirements presented in deployed EDGE networks.

Offered with a toolbox feature set, the NetTek enables operators to evaluate the RF interface for EDGE services, which helps ensure a positive subscriber experience with data throughput. By measuring Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) and Carrier to Interference (C/I), essential measurements in EDGE networks, technicians can determine if the RF portion of the network is performing optimally and immediately address any degradation issues.

The base analyzer's modular architecture supports a range of BTS transmitter measurements for standards, including UMTS/WCDMA, EDGE, GSM, CDMA2000 1x EV-DO, CDMA2000, cdmaOne (IS-95) and IS-136. The instrument's Windows-based user interface simplifies operation and minimizes training needs.

With multi-standard measurement capability, the portable platform fills the gap between expensive, full-compliance testing tools and low-cost instruments designed to perform only one measurement. The battery-powered tool, which weighs over 4kg, is lightweight and rugged for transport to remote sites.

EDGE technology provides operators with a cost-effective way to offer advanced data services within existing spectrum. Deployment cost is low because EDGE does not require a 3G license, and it utilizes the existing frame structures and carrier bandwidths from GSM networks. However, once the EDGE network is deployed, operators must ensure it is successfully maintained in order to retain and increase mobile subscribers and achieve return on investment.

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