October 20, 2011

Agilent Technologies and Datang Telecom Group Establish Joint Research Lab to Accelerate Development of Next-Generation Wireless Technology in China


Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Datang Telecom Group announced they have established the TD-LTE-Advanced Joint Research Lab. TD-LTE-Advanced is a follow-on phase for the current TD-LTE (4G) standard. The joint research lab will focus on developing new technologies and test standards to promote TD-LTE-Advanced technologies.

As the initiator of the TD-SCDMA international 3G mobile communication standard, the owner of core patents and a leader in the telecom equipment market, Datang Telecom has been playing a key role in the creation and global deployment of TD-SCDMA and TD LTE-Advanced.

The new lab is the second project created by the two firms. Engineers from both organizations will work together to develop TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE and TD-LTE-Advanced solutions. The work will support Datang Telecom's research on technologies, systems and chipsets, as well as Agilent's instrument test technologies.

In March 2009, Agilent and Datang signed a memorandum of understanding stating that both firms would collaborate on TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE-Advanced, and related technologies and standards development. The goal of the collaboration was to further the deployment of the TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE-Advanced standards in China with the intent to significantly impact future wireless technologies. The projects completed today have successfully achieved those objectives.

"Agilent has made significant investments in TD-LTE-Advanced test solutions to support its deployment in China," said Ron Nersesian, president of Agilent's Electronic Measurement Group. "This continued joint research will allow our firms to work closely to further the development of the next generation of wireless technologies in China, our second largest market."

Shanzhi CHEN, the vice president and chief engineer of Datang Telecom Group, said, "We are very excited to be able to work closely with Agilent and participate in this leading-edge technology research to support the development of TD-LTE-Advanced. We expect to improve our innovative capacities, management efficiency and technological skills by deepening this international cooperation in technology development. Our successful strategic cooperation with Agilent expands TD-LTE-Advanced global market opportunities for the next generation wireless technologies."

About Datang Telecom Group and TD-LTE-Advanced
Datang Telecom Group is a large-scale, high-tech state-owned corporation specializing in the development, production and sales of electronic information systems and equipment. They are an industry leader in high-tech enterprise operations and information markets. Information about Datang is available at www.datanggroup.cn

TD-LTE-Advanced (LTE-Advance TDD system) is China's proposed proprietary intellectual property rights for the new generation of mobile communications technology after TD-SCDMA standard. It takes in the main elements of TD-SCDMA and embodies the latest Chinese innovations in broadband wireless mobile communication. As one of the pioneers advocating TD-LTE-Advanced, Datang has been collaborating with mobile network operators, system and terminal manufacturers as well as leading test and measurement suppliers on development of TD-LTE-Advanced. At present, TD-LTE-Advanced has gained recognition of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and support from the Asia Pacific enterprises.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. 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 www.agilent.com