EB Upgrades Virtual Drive Testing Application for LTE Technology Verification Minimized field testing yields reduced development cost and faster time-to-market for new LTE base station products

OULU, Finland, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With network equipment manufacturers seeking shorter roll-out schedules, more effective test environments and minimized launch times for LTE products, EB, Elektrobit Corporation (NASDAQ-OMX: EBC1V), a developer of cutting-edge embedded technology solutions for automotive and wireless industries, today announced its EB Wireless Environment Solution (EB WES) upgrade. EB WES is a virtual drive test software application running on the EB Propsim F8 radio channel emulator that re-creates a real world, live network in laboratory environment. It is used for testing and optimizing networks in laboratories minimizing the need for field testing. This testing solution shortens roll-out schedules as the products are more mature at the time of field testing. It is more productive to use a day in-lab than in-the-field. With EB WES, you have a reliable, repeatable and traceable test environment where identification, tracking and problem solving is faster than in the field. This is due to the ability to fix bugs immediately, instead of sending devices back and forth from the lab to the field.

For network vendors, more realistic testing scenarios allow faster product introduction. LTE products tested with EB WES enables higher call connection rates, a higher Base Transceiver Station (BTS) capacity, minimal dropped calls and decreased spending on Quality of Service – all of which would increase profits for vendors while increasing satisfaction among end-users. As such, testing with EB WES solution enables better product performance in the live network. Real product performance testing goes beyond test cases defined in 3GPP LTE specifications. Hence, operators often have specific testing requirements to ensure better performance in live network.

"Understanding the radio channel behavior is a key success factor in achieving optimal performance in wireless networks and devices. With wireless systems, field-testing is labor intensive, time-consuming and expensive, and test results are typically non-repeatable as external interference and uncertainties often affect the results," said Janne Kolu, vice president, Test Tools at EB. "EB WES virtual drive test solution plays back the real-world measured data, which allows vendors to accurately verify equipment faster and more reliably, translating to faster market introduction combined with enhanced product performance."

LTE technology enhances networks by enabling high capacity mobile broadband applications and services while providing cost efficient ubiquitous mobile coverage. As more people require broadband for their mobile data needs, the wireless industry needs to be prepared with solutions that can adequately handle large amounts of data. The development of LTE technology creates increasing demand for sophisticated testing solutions. EB Propsim F8 with EB WES application is designed to meet these testing requirements.

For more information on the EB WES, please visit:

http://www.elektrobit.com/what_we_deliver/wireless_communications_tools/applications/virtual_drive_testing

Further information:
Joakim Granholm
Director, Marketing
EB Wireless Segment
Tel. +358 40 344 3733
Email: joakim.granholm@elektrobit.com

Meghan Callaghan
Ruder Finn Public Relations for EB
Tel. +1 212 715 1608
Email: callaghanm@ruderfinn.com

EB, Elektrobit Corporation

EB develops advanced technology and transforms it into enriching end user experiences. EB specializes in demanding embedded software and hardware solutions for the automotive industry and wireless technologies. The company's net sales for the year 2010 totaled EUR 161.8 million. Elektrobit Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. www.elektrobit.com

About EB Propsim

The first EB Propsim radio channel emulator was introduced in 1995. EB's philosophy in designing radio channel test solutions has always been uncompromised technical performance for the best emulation accuracy and realistic propagation environment. EB's competence in radio channel test equipment is achieved with a long involvement at the forefront of international radio channel research and solid experience in designing and developing state-of-the-art wireless products and systems. The continuous development of EB Propsim radio channel emulators and their patented technology runs at the forefront of the new requirements set by the wireless industry development, in which EB is actively participating to.

SOURCE EB (Elektrobit Corporation)



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