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Aeroflex expands line of LTE and LTE-A simulators

11 Nov 2013

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Aeroflex has added Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) handset simulation capability to its family of TM500 Test Mobile products for functional as well as LTE and LTE-A capacity testing. The new feature is intended to help small cell vendors and mobile network operators keep up with the growing test demands of the 3G technology industry.

The new WCDMA handset simulator, which supports real data service emulation, shares a common platform with the TM500 LTE and LTE-A simulators. Aeroflex's TM500 Test Mobile and E500 Capacity Test solutions are widely used as reference simulators for testing LTE and LTE-Advanced base stations and network infrastructure.

"The Aeroflex reference simulators have a proven ability to closely track the evolving 3GPP standards roadmaps that wireless network operators are following, enabling rigorous and timely testing of the networks at every stage of their deployment," said Tim Beard, WCDMA product manager at Aeroflex.

Despite all the activity surrounding LTE and LTE-A, current industry forecasts from both Ericsson and Cisco predict that 3G connections and devices will continue to grow faster than those for 4G until beyond 2017, and that 3G will still be the dominant technology in 2018 in all market regions except North America. This means that there is a continuing high level of investment in growing and improving 3G infrastructure, both to cope with this additional capacity requirement and to offer the higher data rates afforded by multi-carrier technology.

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