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Femtocell testing solution ensures scalability and security

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 4:37am


Ixia announced the availability of a comprehensive, end-to-end femtocell test solution that fully validates the entire femtocell ecosystem, including access points and gateways.

Ixia’s innovate, powerful, and comprehensive femtocell test solution assesses all network aspects and femtocell devices both individually and as part of an end-to-end system. Ixia’s test solution provides equipment manufactures and operators the ability to test major deployment challenges by emulating any node in the femtocell ecosystem, including user equipment, home eNodeBs (HeNBs), HeNB gateways (HeNB GW), and HeNB management systems.

Femtocells are low-power wireless access points that connect standard mobile devices to a mobile operator’s network using residential DSL or cable broadband connections using licensed spectrum. Femtocells offer many potential benefits to both consumers and operators, including increased performance, better coverage, and traffic offload from congested macro cells.
Small cell – or femtocell – deployments have great market promise, but bring a number of important challenges that must be overcome before products and services can become fully viable. Major challenges include scalability, security, mobility, ease of deployment, and interoperability.These areas must be fully validated to prevent product and service delays, which can ultimately impact small cell market growth.

Ixia’s femtocell solution addresses all major market challenges by emulating and testing all femtocell network devices. In addition, Ixia’s market-leading, real-world subscriber modeling and sophisticated quality of experience (QoE) measurements provide the ultimate use case scenarios – proving femtocell designs are ready to handle high-quality next-generation mobile data services (such as live conversational video).

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