Spirent Communications and Anue Systems Tuesday introduced a mobile backhaul testing solution designed to validate timing and synchronization as well as carrier Ethernet protocols including SyncE, IEEE 1588 / PTPv2, and EthOAM. The new Spirent Anue 3500 provides carriers and network equipment manufacturers with a comprehensive test impairment and analysis platform for mobile backhaul.
The Spirent Anue 3500 enables the verification of multimedia as well as legacy TDM services over next-generation wireless backhaul systems including LTE networks. Combined with Spirent TestCenter Mobile Backhaul, this offering delivers the industry's most complete solution for testing and validation through an intuitive, easy-to-use interface which provides automatic and real-time pass/fail results, according to the companies' press release.
"As the industry continues to witness the emergence of new and complex protocols required to support increasingly data and video-centric wireless networks and associated traffic, the ability to ensure the performance and quality of experience of all-IP/Ethernet systems required to scale and meet these needs is critical," said Elisabeth Rainge, research vice president, NGN Operations at IDC. "A complete end-to-end mobile backhaul test solution plays a significant role in the successful introduction and continued operation of 4G networks that must live up to the expectations of service providers and their subscribers."
The flexible Spirent Anue 3500 platform supports a wide variety of port configurations providing users with a means, for example, to test PTP and SyncE technologies simultaneously at 1G and 10G Ethernet, allowing validation of mobile backhaul solution performance under real-world conditions.
"Gaining an advantage in today's hypercompetitive wireless environment is a must for both equipment manufacturers and wireless operators," said Andrew Armstrong, senior manager at Spirent. "The ability, through testing, to simulate dropped packets, emulate and analyze synchronization wander and understand how protocols operate and respond to different conditions plays a key role in the successful adoption of Ethernet technologies and the deployment of mobile backhaul networks."
"Through our partnership with Spirent we are able to provide customers worldwide with superior, comprehensive test solutions," said Jason Nutt, Anue Systems director of test and measurement. "The combination of the Spirent Anue 3500 and Spirent TestCenter provides our customers with a unique solution that covers both physical layer and protocol layer synchronization performance analysis along with protocol conformance and validation."