Westell Technologies Releases Optima to Manage Multiple DAS Networks from a Single Platform

  Westell Technologies Releases Optima to Manage Multiple DAS Networks from a
  Single Platform

Business Wire

AURORA, Ill. -- June 12, 2014

Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), a global leader of intelligent site
management, in-building wireless, cell site optimization, and outside plant
solutions, releases the integration of Westell’s Optima Management System^®
with the ClearLink^® Universal DAS Interface Tray (UDIT™) by Cellular
Specialties, Inc. (CSI), a division of Westell. The integration enables the
viewing and management of multiple distributed antenna system (DAS) networks
and UDITs from one management platform.

The Optima Management System provides comprehensive site monitoring,
management, and control of entire DAS networks including its site
infrastructure. The ClearLink UDIT is an active radio frequency (RF) DAS
conditioner that optimizes signal performance between a small cell or high
power base transceiver station (BTS) and a DAS. The new integration provides
enhanced management to optimize the health of all DAS equipment across every
site within the network. Optima provides remote monitoring of DAS alarms, RF
parameters, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and configurations via a
web-based graphical user interface (GUI). This helps improve response time to
issues, maintain operating efficiency, and improve technician productivity.

The key features of the Optima integration to the ClearLink UDIT include the
following:

  *A complete view of multiple DAS networks and UDITs from a single platform
  *KPIs to verify the operational status of DAS components such as
    input/output power for each UDIT Point of Interface (POI) module
  *Common alarm management across heterogeneous DAS equipment
  *Ability to remotely adjust power settings and attenuation
  *An operational view of the subscribers’ user experience
  *Easy and remote access to the source of actionable alarms/faults

“With the rapid growth of in-building wireless deployments and demand for a
quality and reliable communications experience, understanding and optimizing
DAS and small cell networks is critical,” explains Ben Stump, Senior Vice
President and Chief Technology Officer of Westell. “The integration of the
ClearLink UDIT into Optima enables wireless service providers and neutral host
operators to actively monitor and manage their entire DAS and small cell
network from one location. Operational efficiency is improved by providing
remote monitoring and management, minimizing site visits. Network reliability
and availability are optimized by using Optima to provide a comprehensive view
of the entire DAS deployment, from the head end to the antenna, and monitoring
the KPIs to validate peak performance.”

About Westell

Westell Technologies, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is a global leader of
intelligent site management, in-building wireless, cell site optimization, and
outside plant solutions focused on wireless innovation at your network's edge.
The comprehensive solutions Westell provides enable service providers, tower
operators, and other network operators to reduce operating costs and improve
network performance. With millions of products successfully deployed
worldwide, Westell is a trusted partner for transforming networks into high
quality, reliable systems. For more information, please visit www.westell.com.

Contact:

Westell Technologies
Cathy McFadden
Director of Public Relations
+1 (971) 226-8487
cmcfadden@westell.com
 
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