MANHASSET, N.Y. Testing specialist Spirent Communications and certification company SGS have agreed to have SGS provide validation and testing services for Spirent's UMTS Location Test System.
The deal calls for SGS to provide Spirent with validation services to test and validate assisted-GPS devices and basestations. SGS will use the test system to provide A-GPS testing services for the handset industry.
SGS will provide validation services for existing PCS Type Certification Review Board and Global Certification Forum certified tests.
PCS certification is required for A-GPS products sold in the North American market. Forum certification is used for gear outside North America.
Nigel Wright, Spirent's vice president of product marketing, said: "We needed a lab partner to guarantee validation of A-GPS devices and basestations. We chose one of the largest independent labs to work with."
Spirent has provided A-GPS test systems for GSM, WCDMA and CDMA handsets. SGS Wireless operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.
Separately, Spirent has been selected by AT4 Wireless Inc.'s to provide an RF channel emulation capability to AT4's WiMax interoperability lab. AT4, the first North America-based certification test laboratory, is accredited by the WiMax Forum in 2008.