Novatel Wireless has successfully interoperated with the Spirent 8100 LTE RF Performance test solution. The testing system will be used on all devices before they go to market.
The Spirent 8100 utilizes the LTE Network Emulator that sets up a small, test network that could help test user devices.
“It is critical that LTE-capable devices integrate effortlessly with legacy networks, as user satisfaction with device performance will play an important role in the future success of LTE deployments,” said Nigel Wright, vice president of marketing, Spirent Communications. “We look forward to working with Novatel Wireless to help ensure market-leading performance of their LTE devices.”
The device tests all types of LTE, CDMA/EV-DO and UMTS performance in a lab before devices are commercially launched. Novatel Wireless will work with operators that want to put LTE on their 3G networks to improve the increase in data usage.
This is an important step because it uniformly tests all devices for LTE devices, making it easier to get to the market. It also helps regulate the device market and prevents manufacturers from simply releasing devices that don’t pass the interoperability tests. LTE launch dates are still unknown, but devices are going to be the key in adapting LTE. LTE’s speed advantage helps and its simplistic upgrade for most 3G networks means that carriers need to install new equipment.
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