Vodafone Germany Implements Tektronix Unified Assurance for Network-Wide GPRS and UMTS Surveillance
System for End-to-End Monitoring and Troubleshooting is Fully Integrated Into OSS and BSS Landscape
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BEAVERTON, Ore.

Tektronix, Inc. , a worldwide provider of communications network management and diagnostics solutions, announced that Vodafone Germany, the country's leading mobile telecommunications carrier, has chosen GeoProbe and Advanced Performance Monitoring (APM) from the Tektronix Unified Assurance (UA) suite for its network-wide, real-time GPRS and UMTS monitoring system.

Vodafone's GPRS & UMTS Surveillance System (G&USS) enables the carrier to deliver enhanced customer service and reduce operational costs by providing end-to-end performance monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities. These include comprehensive statistical tools for the identification and rectification of service degradations and failures in real-time. Furthermore, the Tektronix solution, which is now fully operational across the German Vodafone network, has been completely integrated into the carrier's OSS and Service Management infrastructure.

The G&USS monitoring system collects, analyzes and reports on the signaling plane and bearer packets enabling faster time to problem resolution. Key performance indicators (KPIs) and key quality indicators (KQIs) generated from the data collected on the network indicate the health of monitored nodes and application servers. From here, Vodafone network operations personnel can drill down to specific call records or events to further analyze problems. In addition, the Tektronix solution provides engineering and planning personnel with the information they need for the strategic planning of network capacity growth and optimization.

"Real-time, end-to-end surveillance of our GPRS and UMTS infrastructure is an essential element in delivering optimal service quality to our customers," said Joerg Frankenberger, Head of Network Management Engineering, Vodafone Germany. "The Tektronix Unified Assurance suite has allowed us to roll out a solution that provides all of the necessary surveillance and troubleshooting capabilities and integrates fully into the Vodafone D2's OSS and Service Management infrastructure."

"We have worked closely with Vodafone Germany to ensure the success of the G&USS project," said Doug Dickerson, Vice President and General Manager, Network Management, Tektronix. "The Vodafone implementation clearly demonstrates how the Tektronix Unified Assurance platform can provide end-to-end network and service monitoring independent of network infrastructure and underlying technologies."

About Vodafone Germany

Vodafone Germany has more than 29 million subscribers, or around 40% of the German market. The company offers wireless services including mobile Internet access and access to the Vodafone live! mobile portal service. It has operations in eight German regions and markets its products and services through more than 200 branch retail locations through the country. Vodafone Germany is a subsidiary of Vodafone Holding, the German holding company of ultimate parent Vodafone Group, the wireless giant that is based in the UK.

About Unified Assurance

Tektronix' Unified Assurance solution, currently in operation in major networks throughout the world, is the established industry leader for managing next generation converged networks. Tektronix provides Service Providers a future proof, network infrastructure independent, highly scalable performance monitoring and management solution that supports services across legacy SS7, mobile 3G and IP multi-service and next generation networks all on the same platform.

The Tektronix GeoProbe product line addresses network assurance by providing network engineers with the information required to solve network and service problems across technologies, applications and element vendors. With GeoProbe products, network operations personnel can proactively monitor, manage, diagnose and troubleshoot the overall health of mobile, fixed and multi-service networks. In addition, GeoProbe empowers engineering and planning departments to improve network capacity growth and traffic management decision-making.

About Tektronix

Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With 60 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is www.tektronix.com.

NOTE: Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

SOURCE: Tektronix, Inc.

CONTACT: Amy Higgins of Tektronix, Inc., +1-503-627-6431, or
amy.l.higgins@tektronix.com


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