March 28, 2011

Agilent Technologies Introduces Automation Software for Network Operators' LTE to CDMA Inter-RAT Compliance Test Plan

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) enhanced its N5971A CDMA Interactive Functional Test (IFT) software, introducing the N5973A IFT automation for LTE to CDMA Inter-RAT compliance test plan. This solution enables developers and operators to quickly and repeatedly generate measurement reports in accordance with leading operators' LTE-CDMA handover test plan.

Testing handover between different radio access technologies (RAT) is becoming ever more important in the verification of LTE user equipment. When out of the LTE service area the equipment will typically fall back to the network's 2G or 3G infrastructure. For a positive end-user experience, equipment needs to transition smoothly between these technologies, which leads operators to increase their focus on testing the real-world performance of each device before deployment on their networks. Such performance testing goes well beyond the more traditional conformance tests defined by the industry's standards bodies.

"Inter-RAT handovers are particularly demanding for today's user equipment," said Guy Séné, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Microwave and Communications Division. "With Agilent's inter-RAT test automation, our customers can make reliable measurements without having to create complex code or program test equipment."

As an established solution for stress-testing equipment, Agilent's IFT supports a host of capabilities, including equipment control voice-calling, web browsing, SMS and MMS. It also supports Verizon's battery-drain compliance test plan. The new N5973A automation scripts implement the LTE-CDMA inter-RAT compliance test plan, running on the IFT platform. The software is used in conjunction with the PXT Wireless Communications Test Set and 8960 Wireless Communications Test Set, bringing realistic network test scenarios into the lab environment.

The N5973A IFT Automation for LTE to CDMA Inter-RAT Compliance Test Plan and N5971A CDMA Interactive Functional Test Software are available to order now, pricing based on configuration. For information about the N5971A, go to
For information about the PXT and 8960 go to and

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, electronics and communications. The company's 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2010. Information about Agilent is available at

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