With many mobile operators adapting to a data-centric world, LTE (News - Alert) (long term evolution) has gained lot of recognition in the cellular network technology arena. Its mobile voice capability, Voice over LTE (VoLTE), is slowly gaining momentum too, as many operators are encouraging the development and deployment of advanced integrated services.
Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless is one among the many operators around the globe preparing to launch its value-added services commercially over its LTE network.
Nonetheless, the implementation of VoLTE/IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) services brings along many challenges too. Thus, these technologies have to be tested and cleared to meet those challenges accordingly.
With this in mind, Intertek's (News - Alert) wireless device testing business has chosen Spirent's 8100 mobile device test system for its Verizon Wireless VoLTE/IMS testing.
Intertek is an authorized Verizon Wireless (News - Alert) test lab, and its primary task is to ensure that mobile devices comply with industry standards and operator certification requirements. It adds value to customers' products, processes and assets by providing auditing and inspection; testing; training; advisory; quality assurance; and certification.
Prior to launching its value-added services over its LTE network, Verizon Wireless wanted to complete the VoLTE/IMS service-related tests in order to provide glitch-free services.
The Spirent’s 8100 mobile device test system will allow the Intertek test lab to leverage Spirent's test coverage, including areas of exclusive coverage, and expertise in critical test areas to provide best-in-class testing services.
Spirent’s 8100 mobile device test system is a mobile device and chipset testing system that supports a wide range of application, location and radio access test areas. Featuring a flexible option-based design, it provides unique capabilities for simultaneous emulation of multi-technology and multi-cell networks.
The 8100 mobile device test system also provides test coverage of LTE multi-mode device performance including IMS/VoLTE and rich communication suite (RCS), RF/MIMO (radio frequency/multiple-input and multiple-output), data throughput, and extensive call reliability or stress testing.
"With the aggressive rollout of LTE networks, we understand the challenges in successful deployment of VoLTE/IMS services and the corresponding connection of device compliance to carrier-specific test requirements," said Ron Bernot, wireless engineering manager at Intertek, in a statement. "We are responding to the time-sensitive needs of Verizon Wireless by choosing Spirent's 8100 solution and being one of the first commercial labs ready to test VoLTE/IMS."
"The successful validation of Spirent's test platform against the Verizon Wireless test plans for VoLTE/IMS emphasizes Spirent's commitment to serving the Verizon Wireless ecosystem," said Rajat Agarwal, director of product management at Spirent Communications (News - Alert), in a statement. "We are pleased Intertek recognizes the need to support these critical test areas and we see great value in continuing our long-standing collaboration."
Edited by Blaise McNamee