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Agilent Technologies’ Cell-Based 3G Analysis Solution Enables Easier Monitoring, Faster Troubleshooting of UTRAN Performance


Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced its Cell-Based Analysis solution for monitoring, troubleshooting and optimizing UTRAN performance in 3G networks. This industry-first solution simplifies end-to-end management of complex 3G processes so that operators can repair network problems quickly, reduce reliance on high-paid experts, ensure high-quality customer experience, and plan the most efficient and cost-effective use of resources.

Cell-Based Analysis is a key element in Agilent’s Power of 3 service assurance strategy, which provides carriers with three-minute detection of key performance indicator (KPI) violations; three-click root cause identification; and three-dimensional business intelligence across networks, services and customers.

Agilent’s Cell-Based Analysis is specifically designed for 3G UTRANs, which are far more complex than 2G radio networks because they require many more cell sites and because 3G mobile phones communicate with multiple cell sites at once. The solution’s probes capture all UTRAN signaling and display real network traffic in near real time. The dashboard’s straightforward row-and-column format uses colors to signify when specific cell sites exceed KPI thresholds. Users simply click for detailed measurements and troubleshooting. The drill-down capabilities enable operators to analyze a variety of critical issues, including:

how to regulate signaling between adjacent cell sites;
why handovers fail, calls drop or calls drift onto competitors’ networks;
how to optimize cell sites for a high-quality customer experience;
how to allocate network equipment efficiently; and
when to purchase additional equipment.
The solution also complements Agilent’s Wireless Network Optimization Platform, a proven “drive test” tool, which measures network performance with respect to simulated calls. The Agilent Cell-Based Analysis helps operators determine where drive testing will be most effective.

“Agilent’s Cell-Based Analysis solution not only provides a complete view of actual customer traffic, it simplifies network management and can save carriers money and increase revenue,” said Neil Haydon, worldwide marketing manager, Assurance Solutions Division. “In particular, the solution monitors key UTRAN parameters and presents data in such an uncomplicated way that non-specialists can quickly respond when values exceed pre-specified thresholds. Higher-paid experts can devote themselves to the most complicated problems and network optimization. Operators pay less for employees, avoid unnecessary equipment purchases, fix problems faster, and provide the kind of service that attracts customers and encourages them to spend more.”


Agilent’s Cell-Based Analysis solution will be available Q4 2007. For more information, visit


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