Mobile Metrics Announces Torrent 7200 WTS to Test WiMAX Base Stations

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Mobile Metrics has released the Torrent 7200 for WiMAXTM Base Station testing system. The 1.0 release of the Torrent 7200 offers the most strenuous application traffic testing of WiMAX Base Stations available, saturating a Base Station with the traffic of thousands of simulated mobiles.

Mobile Metrics has released the Torrent 7200 for WiMAXTM Base Station testing system. The 1.0 release of the Torrent 7200 offers the most strenuous application traffic testing of WiMAX Base Stations available, saturating a Base Station with the traffic of thousands of simulated mobiles.

"We are pleased to offer a WiMAX Base Station product that takes advantage of the Torrent platform's unique traffic testing capabilities," said Asa Atallah, CEO of Mobile Metrics, Inc. "The Torrent 7200 builds on the Torrent 7100 foundation, which already features an extensive range of WiMAX test capabilities."

The Torrent 7200 WTS is designed to test WiMAX Base Stations in two major ways: application traffic testing over real or simulated R1 airlinks, and R6 testing to verify conformance against the March 2007 version of the WiMAX Forum NWG Specifications. Mobile Metrics' other WiMAX product, the Torrent 7100 WTS, was released in September 2006 as the world's first commercial tool to provide traffic and conformance testing of the ASN (Access Service Network) Gateway and the CSN (Connectivity Service Network).

"Mobile Metrics' theme is 'First. Focused. Flexible.', and the Torrent 7000 series is a great example," said Cecil Taylor, Vice-President of Sales and Product Management. "The 7100 was first to market, and we're showing WiMAX leadership again with the 7200. While most tools vendors advertise the ability to simulate the application traffic of 100 or fewer mobiles over the airlink, the 7200 leads the way by simulating thousands. The 7200 emerges from our company's specialized focus on wireless data. Finally, the 7200 offers three ways to simulate airlinks into R1, demonstrating the tool's flexibility. Also, our Torrent software is flexible enough to run on any Linux-based PC, so our customers can quickly ride the technology curve for greater performance."

The 1.0 release of the 7200 also includes the patent-pending filtering layer, a method by which messages entering and exiting nodes can be manipulated to create various success and error scenarios. In May, a 1.1 release will add built-in testcases to exercise Base Station R6 conformance against the March 2007 version of the NWG Specification.

Mobile Metrics offers a powerful mobile traffic simulator, the MTS-7200, which can simulate hundreds of thousands of mobiles. These mobiles can be designated to load an individual Base Station and/or a network of Base Stations. The MTS-7200 can be configured in three different ways:

  • Using the API of a customer's own R1 device that provides airlink support.
  • Connected directly to a Base Station via a custom interface (perhaps via Ethernet) without using R1.
  • Using the API of a Mobile Metrics-specified R1 device that provides airlink support.

Mobile Metrics offers the first two variants in the 7200's 1.0 release, and plans to offer the third variant later this year.

The Torrent 7200 realistically simulates a wide variety of protocols such as HTTP, WAP, MMS, PTT, MIP, SIP, RTCP, RTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, TCP, UDP, ICMP, DNS, EAP, and RADIUS.

Test results are accurately characterized with high-resolution histograms and over 450 hierarchically organized statistics. The Torrent platform includes sophisticated remote debugging capability and other diagnostics to make sure Mobile Metrics' personnel can respond quickly to any issues or questions regarding the product, the system under test, or the network environment.

About Mobile Metrics
A technology leader in its field, Mobile Metrics focuses exclusively on providing test solutions for wireless data networks. Mobile Metrics offers test tools for WiMAX, WiFi, Mobile IP and GPRS/UMTS. To learn more about Mobile Metrics, read an interview with CEO Asa Atallah and VP of Sales Cecil Taylor at http://www.wimax.com, and visit our CTIA booth (# 828) in the Testing Solutions Pavilion. You can contact Mobile Metrics at 877-404-2600, or visit http://www.mobilemetrics.net.

Mobile Metrics is a member of the WiMAX Forum®. WiMAX is a trademark of the WiMAX Forum.

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