Spirent plc and UbiNetics announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership to expand their test solutions for the 3G market
Under the terms of the agreement Spirent has acquired UbiNetics' CS100 product line and rights to associated intellectual property for 6.5 million in cash. In addition, under the agreement Spirent and UbiNetics will partner for the further development of the CS100 product line and future test platforms. The CS100 3G base station emulator product is used by leading mobile phone manufacturers and chip set developers for the test and verification of wideband CDMA (WCDMA) user equipment and provides a flexible multi-cell simulation of the physical layer of a WCDMA network.
The partnership brings significant strategic benefits to both parties. Spirent's Communications group has already developed a strong global presence with its test solutions for 3G wireless networks based on CDMA technology and this relationship will extend Spirent's expertise into WCDMA air interface testing. UbiNetics is a market leader in the development of WCDMA Test Mobiles and will benefit from the application of Spirent's data generation and analysis capabilities and its expertise in the integration of complex wireless test solutions. As a result of the partnership, both parties will be able to develop complementary advanced solutions for testing and managing complex WCDMA infrastructure and user equipment. Current partners and customers will benefit from increased development efforts, better global reach and greater breadth of expertise.
Commenting on the partnership Geoff Zeidler, President of Spirent Communications - Europe and Wireless, said:
"Wideband CDMA technology will enable the deployment of new wireless services in the majority of the world's markets. I am delighted that this partnership with UbiNetics will enable Spirent to extend its reputation for delivering market leading solutions to meet the demanding development requirements of its wireless customers."
Bjorn Krylander, Chief Executive of UbiNetics, commented:
"UbiNetics has, by leading the development of WCDMA technology, been able to supply efficient test solutions to infrastructure suppliers and network operators. By partnering with Spirent we will be able to create a broader range of more capable systems for network testing."