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Agilent Technologies to Participate in Next-Generation Radio Access Network

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 8:42am
Janet Smith, Agilent Technologies

Santa Clara, CA –Agilent Technologies [NYSE: A] has announced it will participate in a joint demonstration of the next-generation radio access network as part of the C-RAN collaboration project with China Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. Research Institute (CMRI) at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain. 

Agilent and CMRI signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing in August 2012 to initiate a collaboration to focus on developing technology and test methods for a next-generation, cloud-based radio access network, or C-RAN. Since then, teams from both companies have been working closely on several technical areas, such as TD-LTE/TD-LTE-Advanced Radio Frequency testing, new test requirements for C-RAN architecture, and parallel computing, and software-defined radios.

C-RAN is a new approach to network design, using a centralized, collaborative, cloud-based radio access network to build an environmentally friendly, cost-effective, intelligent network. Agilent and CMRI believe the areas they have been working on could lead to a new network design standard for China and for the global wireless network industry.

Agilent will participate in the joint demonstration of the next-generation radio access networking with IBM and China Mobile, focusing on the software defined radio (SDR) and network function virtualization (NFV). It will demonstrate a pure, software-based LTE base station using the IBM server and cloud platform to set up a live connection to a commercial LTE mobile phone, and then make the baseband IQ signal measurements using the Agilent 89600 VSA software as an application in the baseband pool of the new radio access network. This demonstration will show how the test and measurement capabilities can be used in the next-generation radio access network.

“As a leader in test and measurement, Agilent will continue working on C-RAN with CMCC’s research institute and others to define and provide test tools to CMCC and the greater market,” says Andy Botka, Agilent vice president and general manager, Microwave and Communications Division. “We are excited to work with CMCC to strengthen the technical leadership position of both companies.”

For more information, visit www.agilent.com.

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