Nokia and Racal combine efforts to develop test equipment

Racal Instruments and Nokia are to work together to deliver test equipment for the new third generation CDMA2000 1xEV-DV networks.

This test equipment, which will combine Racal Instruments’ physical layer hardware with Nokia’s Integration Test Platform and test script library, is expected to be available for industry trials by the second half of 2003.

The early availability of test equipment will allow wireless operators and infrastructure and handset vendors to implement advanced CDMA2000 1xEV-DV networks more quickly.

‘The sooner that manufacturers can have access to test equipment, the sooner the industry will be able to reap the benefits of CDMA2000 1xEV-DV technology including the ability to offer advanced 3G services to end-users,’ said Soren Petersen, senior vice president and general manager of CDMA for Nokia.

For end users, CDMA2000 1xEV-DV offers peak data rates of 3.1 Mbps, a typical throughput rate of 1 Mbps in a 1.25 MHz radio frequency channel, and allows them to perform two high-value tasks simultaneously on a single RF section device.

For operators, CDMA2000 1xEV-DV offers the flexibility to dynamically balance voice and data traffic by allocating bandwidth on demand.