Ascom Network Testing Selected by TIM Brasil to Provide Wireless Network Benchmarking Platform

  Ascom Network Testing Selected by TIM Brasil to Provide Wireless Network
  Benchmarking Platform

Solution Supports Drive and Indoor Testing, and Automated Post Processing, of
Voice and Data Services over Brazil’s 2G and 3G Networks

Business Wire

RESTON, Va. -- November 16, 2012

Ascom Network Testing today announced that TIM Brasil, the Brazilian
subsidiary of Telecom Italia Mobile, has selected its TEMS™ Symphony
all-in-one mobile network benchmarking platform as the baseline for a
quality-driven initiative aimed at ensuring that TIM Brazil’s network quality
of service is the country’s premier offering.

TIM Brasil chose TEMS Symphony for its performance, reliability and for its
dual-mode capabilities, which enable simultaneous testing of 2G and 3G
services both active on Brazilian GSM and WCDMA mobile networks. The selection
was made by TIM Brasil’s Quality Assurance Department, which has as its
charter the continuous maintenance and improvement of the TIM Brasil network
to assure that the quality of service they deliver is second-to-none in the
nation.

The TEMS Symphony order complements a broad range of solutions used by TIM
Brasil from the TEMS portfolio. TIM Brazil also makes extensive use of Ascom
Network Testing’s flagship drive testing solution, TEMS™Investigation.
Additionally, TIM Brasil also measures network quality of service throughout
the network lifecycle using TEMS™ Pocket, a handheld network testing tool that
delivers quality of service measurements from the smartphone users‘
perspective.

Since Ascom’s portfolio architecture ensures that customers using multiple
solutions can integrate and evaluate all collected data within a single view
and platform, the TEMS products work in a seamless configuration. Data
collected from the TEMS Investigation drive testing and TEMS Pocket walk
testing is automatically uploaded to TEMS Discovery, Ascom’s premier
post-processing solution. This process automation significantly reduces the
high cost of manually collecting and uploading RF network test data.

TIM Brasil achieves significant cost savings for indoor benchmarking of data
and voice services using automated collection and data processing features in
TEMS Pocket. Since the TEMS Pocket units can use a "master/slave“
configuration, TIM Brazil can send a single engineer to pinpoint and map a
location, which is uploaded to TEMS Discovery – automatically merging location
data for TEMS Pocket units – eliminating the need for this to be done manually
in the field, one engineer at time. In this way, one RF engineer can test and
benchmark all Brazilian mobile networks in a single test by simply carrying
four TEMS Pocket units, each equipped with the SIM card of a different
operator for 2G or 3G testing.

“The TEMS Symphony systems provided a great value to our organization by
enabling us to test more frequently, with greater accuracy, a much lower cost
basis,” said Fernando Renz, Service Quality Assurance Manager for TIM Brasil.
“Our first tests of the system enabled us to increase our drive test quantity
by a factor of ten, and we look forward to the continued success of the MTP 4
platform to validate the superior quality of the TIM Brazil network from the
subscriber’s point of view.”

“We are very pleased to continue to enhance TIM Brasil’s TEMS platform to
enable a full range of efficient, automated test systems,” said Arnt Arvik,
Vice President Americas, Ascom Network Testing. “We are dedicated to ensure
that TIM Brasil meets its objective of top network quality of service in
Brazil,” Arvik said.

ABOUT ASCOM NETWORK TESTING

Ascom Network Testing offers the TEMS portfolio, the world’s most widely used
network testing, monitoring and optimization platform. Ascom Network Testing
is a division of Ascom, an international solution provider with comprehensive
technological know-how in Mission-Critical Communication. The company focuses
on the areas of Wireless Solutions (high-value, customer-specific on-site
communications solutions) and Network Testing (a global market leader in
optimization solutions for mobile networks). The company is headquartered in
Switzerland, has subsidiaries in 17 countries and a workforce of some 1,900
employees worldwide. Ascom registered shares (symbol ASCN) are listed on the
SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (Switzerland).

Contact:

Ascom Network Testing
Erika Collins, Marketing Communications
+1 703-956-5355
erika.collins@ascom.com
 
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