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Wi-Fi Alliance, CTIA launch Wi-Fi/mobile phone test program

Posted: 14 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wi-Fi Alliance? CTIA? Wi-Fi? mobile phones? RF?

Wi-Fi Alliance and CTIA jointly developed a testing program for Wi-Fi/mobile phones and released a test document for laboratory tests that provide RF performance mapping in a mixed-network environment.

The program is a key milestone in the widespread adoption of Wi-Fi/mobile convergence, the company says. Until now, carriers had no independent source of data about converged devices. This industry-supported program will provide detailed information about the performance of the Wi-Fi radio in a converged handset, as well as how the cellular and Wi-Fi radios interact with one another. Testing for this program will be conducted in top-tier independent laboratories authorized by CTIA and Wi-Fi Alliance.

"The new test program is another indicator of Wi-Fi's widespread acceptance and growth from a traditionally PC technology to one that is now common in a variety of consumer devices, including mobile phones," said Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Carriers have long relied on CTIA test programs to ensure that subscribers have the best user experience with the handsets they offer, and this program will provide important support as carriers launch their convergence offerings."

"This program is an important step in the development of the convergence market," said CTIA vice president of operations Robert Mesirow. "Without this test program, carriers couldn't be sure that a Wi-Fi/mobile phone would meet their rigorous specifications, but now they will have the data they need to select the handsets best suited for their networks."

Leading manufacturers have begun releasing converged wireless phones, which include both traditional cellular and Wi-Fi capabilities. In-Stat forecasts that more than 200 million Wi-Fi/mobile handsets will have shipped by 2010.

The comprehensive testing program provides detailed measurements on key parameters, including transmit power, receive sensitivity, emitted power, and desensitization in the dual-mode environment. In addition, to complete the testing a device must also be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for core Wi-Fi interoperability and CTIA certified for core cellular performance.

CTIA and Wi-Fi Alliance will continue to explore future areas for jointly- developed programs. "There are several technology challenges in converged networks where cross-industry collaboration is the only approach that makes sense," said Hanzlik.

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