Tektronix Enhances Network Monitoring System to Ensure Service Quality in UMA Networks
Unified Assurance® Offers Core-to-Access Visibility to Help Operators Effectively Launch UMA Networks
PRNewswire
RICHARDSON, Texas

Tektronix Communications, a leading worldwide provider of communications network management and diagnostics solutions, today announced it has enhanced its network assurance monitoring system to include Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) support. The addition of UMA support to the Unified Assurance® solution for mobile networks enables end-to-end monitoring of voice and data sessions across fixed and mobile networks with a single platform.

UMA technology allows GSM/GPRS operators to add Wi-Fi as a fixed access technology to their network, allowing seamless roaming and handover between local area networks and wide area networks using a dual-mode mobile phone. With multiple networks and technologies involved, maintaining the quality of a UMA session is not an easy task. With Tektronix' Unified Assurance UMA solution, service providers have a comprehensive view of voice and data service performance from access to core, including handovers between UMA and GSM/GPRS networks. With this end-to-end visibility, operators can manage the performance of their UMA networks and the quality of their end users' experience as they roam seamlessly between cellular, public and private networks.

The Tektronix UMA offering is fully integrated with the existing GeoProbe and Advanced Performance Monitoring™ (APM) applications and features. All are part of Tektronix' industry-leading Unified Assurance™ suite of applications for management of next generation converged networks.

The GeoProbe UMA monitoring solution provides a complete set of solutions for monitoring 2G/2.5G/3G mobile networks from access to core, giving service providers real-time, end-to-end visibility into their customers' service experience. The solution's multi protocol call trace provides end-to-end views for troubleshooting complex call scenarios such as IRAT handover. Proactive, customer-centric call tracing provides real-time tracing capabilities and historical trace recall. APM's UMA Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) enable operators to track voice and data service performance by access point, media access control and UMA network controller. APM's analysis of historical KPIs and statistics enable service providers to identify customer QoS degradation before problems result in customer trouble reports.

"Tektronix partners with its customers to provide solutions that enable them to deploy, troubleshoot, manage and optimize new technologies such as UMA to maintain competitiveness," said Mark Driedger, Vice President and General Manager, Network Management, Tektronix Communications. "We are enthusiastic about being on the cutting-edge of this new technology, providing an offering that will enable leading companies to seamlessly deliver new innovations in mobile communications."

About Tektronix' Unified Assurance Portfolio

Tektronix' industry-leading Unified Assurance (UA) network management suite provides integrated, end-to-end performance monitoring solutions for customer, service and network assurance. UA supports a full range of monitoring capabilities across next generation mobile and IP networks, including active test solutions that provide active troubleshooting, provisioning and automated service quality monitoring. The Tektronix solutions quickly identify, localize and quantify service and network issues, giving customers an integrated, end-to-end next generation network.

The GeoProbe product provides network engineers with the information needed to solve network and service problems across technologies, applications and element vendors. APM enables engineers to manage network services by associating network events into functional groups for more focused and effective troubleshooting. More information can be found at: http://www.tektronix.com/networkmanagement.

About Tektronix Communications

Tektronix Communications provides network operators and equipment manufacturers around the world an unparalleled suite of network diagnostics and management solutions for fixed, mobile, IP and converged multi-service networks. This comprehensive set of solutions support a range of architectures and applications such as LTE, fixed mobile convergence, IMS, broadband wireless access, WiMAX, VoIP and triple play, including IPTV. Tektronix Communications is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. Learn more about the company's test, measurement and network monitoring solutions by visiting http://www.tek.com/communications.

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.

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FCMN Contact: jgibbs@golinharris.com

SOURCE: Tektronix Communications

CONTACT: Alisha Goff of Tektronix Communications, +1-469-330-4405,
alisha.goff@tek.com; or Jeniece Gibbs of GolinHarris, +1-972-341-2506,
jgibbs@golinharris.com, for Tektronix Communications


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