10 February 2011

Spirent launches new mobile network testbed

Jeff Schmitz, vice president, Networks & Applications group at Spirent. Communications told journalists at NetEvents in Barcelona today about its new test product TestCenter HyperMetrics neXt. The product helps carriers and equipment vendors test data and application workloads on the mobile Internet, according to Schmitz.

Customers include service providers those with networks accessed by millions of mobile and fixed subscribers using a variety of devices while delivering a high quality of service, said Spirent. Examples include FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games and other major world events, which can generate large pulses in video streaming and multimedia applications to mobile devices. HyperMetrics neXt allows carriers can test their networks' ability to deliver these services, according to the company.

“As carriers prepare for the exponential growth in traffic across the mobile Internet they have to guarantee enough data capacity as well as application performance” said David Emberley, research manager, Telecommunication Infrastructure at IDC. “Carriers and equipment vendors need to invest in solutions that validate performance and scale of the mobile Internet to ensure quality of experience”

Spirent claimed that HyperMetrics neXt, when combined with Spirent TestCenter Cloud Core architecture, is the highest-performing and most scalable and energy efficient solution available for testing networks and applications. The Intel-powered product allows test engineers to validate support for more advanced services for more subscribers, to maximise return on investment and utilisation of test resources, and to expand test coverage without expanding test equipment footprint, reckoned the company.

Spirent said that its Cloud Core architecture allows the HyperMetrics neXt to optimise testing tasks, using parallel processing and pooling of resources across unlimited numbers of test ports. Spirent said that test beds built on the Cloud Core architecture provide scalable performance and realism, and enable the testing of complex converged IP systems, such as cloud datacentres and 3G/4G/LTE mobile networks.

"Applications such as Facebook, YouTube as well as streaming videos can have a major impact on the mobile Internet." said Schmitz. "To deliver these services, carriers need to ensure performance from the cloud datacentre, through the mobile broadband network to the application on a wide range of user devices. Spirent’s new solution is specifically designed to accurately measure performance of the mobile Internet with realism at scale."

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