January 18, 2011 07:00 ET

Ixia Announces Comprehensive, High-Scale, High-Performance Femtocell Testing Solution

End-to-End Ecosystem Validation Ensures Scalability, Security, and Ease of Deployment

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, 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 innovative, 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 manufacturers and operators with 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 operate in licensed spectrum to connect standard mobile devices to a mobile operator's network using residential DSL or cable broadband connections. 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 that are ready to handle high-quality next-generation mobile data services (such as live conversational video).

Key Facts:

  • Ixia's IxCatapult testing solution can emulate UEs, HeNBs, HeNB GWs, HeNB management systems, serving gateways (S-GW), and mobility management entities (MME).
  • IxCatapult completely validates the femtocell ecosystem end-to-end (including, HeNB, HeNB gateway, MME, and S-Gateway) or isolates the individual components.
  • According to recent research by the Yankee Group, 65 percent of carriers expect to build at least some of their LTE coverage using femtocells "from the bottom up" starting late 2012.
  • Informa expects the femtocell market to experience significant growth, reaching just under 49 million femtocell access points (FAP) in the market by 2014 and 114 million mobile users accessing mobile networks through femtocells.

Supporting Quotes:

"Femtocells are already revolutionizing 3G networks, improving coverage, handling the increased data traffic generated by smartphones, and offering consumers more personalized services," said Paul Neil, LTE product manager at Picochip. "We believe that small cells will be even more important in LTE networks, which is why we devised our PC960x to give our customers a flying start in their infrastructure designs. Ixia's IxCatapult test solution provides end-to-end system-level validation -- a further valuable contribution to speeding deployment and ensuring carrier-class quality."

"The continual demand for more and more data over wireless networks is fueling HSPA+ and LTE technology roll-outs. With this growth comes an increase in femtocell use in order to provide access in places that are not suited for traditional wireless deployments and to offload congested macro cells," said Joseph Zeto, senior manager, market development at Ixia. "Ixia's IxCatapult femtocell testing allows vendors and service providers to overcome important market challenges and significantly lowers the risk of femtocell deployment issues."


About Ixia
Ixia is a leading provider of converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for wireless and wired infrastructures and services. Ixia's test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex networks, devices and applications. Ixia's multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

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