Spirent supports testing Wi-Fi Access Points

Network and services testing vendor Spirent Communications  announced support for testing Wi-Fi Access Points through an RF interface on Spirent Landslide.

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The support extends capability of Landslide from testing core network and Wi-Fi offload gateways to access points. It is aimed at helping mobile operators to deliver seamless services to subscribers even under full load.

With the help of the new support solution, mobile operators and equipment vendors can validate subscriber experience as they travel between nationwide mobile networks, carrier Wi-Fi hot-spots and private wireless networks, a company statement said.

Spirent expects the projected increase in traffic over Wi-Fi networks (up to 60 percent) by next year to create new opportunities and challenges for carriers gearing up for the next-generation mobile infrastructure. The company believes its new offering would give carriers a helping hand in their progress.

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The Wi-Fi access point and offload gateway help to ensure seamless and secure service from a mobile network. The access point allows wireless devices to connect to the wired network, while the offload gateway provides the bridge to the mobile packet core and is the relay point for authentication and carrier services.

John Baker, general manager of Mobility Infrastructure business unit at Spirent Communications, said. “Carriers can now employ a single, integrated platform to fully verify network performance end-to-end—including the critical handoff from a cellular to a Wi-Fi network.”

Spirent Landslide tests performance and scalability of Wi-Fi access points, offload gateways and core networks providing quality of experience metrics, including network availability, call setup time, call drops and voice quality for Voice over Wi-Fi testing. The solution emulates millions of mobile subscribers traversing the network and using a mix of real-world of applications and services.

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