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Aeroflex 6113 base station tester supports A5/3 encryption

Posted: 03 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Aeroflex has added an A5/3 encryption capability option to its 6113 base station tester for GSM base stations. The Aeroflex 6113's support for the latest A5/3 GSM encryption algorithm provides a field portable and easy-to-use base station test solution for installation and commissioning, routine maintenance and fault finding, as well as final unit production testing. Support for the A5/3 encryption algorithm complements the 6113's existing support for the A5/1 and A5/2 algorithms.

The A5/3 encryption algorithm supplies signaling protection so that voice calls, user-generated data and other sensitive information, such as telephone numbers, are protected over the radio path. The algorithm was designed by the Security Algorithms Group of Experts within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, based on the requirements of the 3GPP's Working Group SA3. A5/3 was further developed with the support of the GSM Association, 3GPP and the U.S. T1 Standards Committee.

"With over 2,000 units already deployed worldwide, the Aeroflex 6113 base station is regarded by most GSM operators as the industry-standard base station test tool," said Ross Broadhurst, product marketing manager, Aeroflex Test Solutions, Wireless Division. "The addition of A5/3 algorithm support further extends the wide range of test and measurement functions available on the Aeroflex 6113 that facilitate the fast manual or automatic testing of all major base station types."

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