Spirent Communications, a leader in testing wireless networks, services and devices, and Bluetest AB, a leading supplier of reverberation test systems, today announced their collaboration to advance Over-The-Air (OTA) test methods for mobile devices. Through their collective research and development, these two industry leaders will dramatically improve the time and reduce the cost required to deliver a superior user experience to mobile subscribers.
To further speed up the pace in the rapidly growing company Bluetest, based in Gothenburg, ALMI Invest Västsverige (ALMI Invest West Sweden) makes a second investment together with K-Svets Venture of 6 MSEK in the company.
Earlier this year Apple´s Steve Jobs talked about the widespread difficulties that the wireless industry suffers in verifying the performance of smartphones. Bluetest's patented solution is up to 10 times faster and much more cost-effective than traditional technologies.
Bluetest has been selected from over 100 wireless companies to be highlighted at the upcoming Telecom Council Innovation Showcase @ CTIA Enterprise & Applications in San Francisco October 6 - 8. Innovative companies were selected by judges from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Nokia, NTT Docomol, Huawei, Qualcomm, Motorola and others based standard Telecom Council criteria – innovation, momentum, viability, and management. Telecom Council
Today Bluetest received its first order, from a world-leading wireless company, of the new LTE MIMO option. This option for the Bluetest HP 700 chamber is the first of its kind to be able to do high speed and repeatable active MIMO/LTE measurements in minutes for LTE enabled devices. The option includes new switch hardware and software modules for LTE TRP, TIS and throughput measurements.
Bluetest is the Gold Sponsor of the 2010 International Workshop on Antenna Technology iWAT in Lisbon, Portugal, March 1 - 3, www.iwat2010.it.pt. Bluetest's founder Prof. Per-Simon Kildal will give a keynote presentation on "OTA measurements of wireless stations in reverberation chamber (RC) versus anechoic chamber (AC): from accuracy models to testing of MIMO systems". Bluetest will give a presentation on "Active Throughput Measurements for Complete MIMO WLAN Systems using Dual Reverberation Chamber Technique".
Bluetest Received a new order for one HP700 System from Japan. The customer is one of the biggest player in the mobile handset area. With this order Bluetest has delivered 9 systems to Japan.
The interest in using Bluetest chambers for very fast measurements of antenna efficiency, TRP, TIS and MIMO/antenna diversity gain is increasing rapidly worldwide. This was confirmed by 4 orders during the last 3 weeks of the Bluetest HP chamber to be installed in Sweden, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Three of these orders were from new customers, while one was a repeated order from an already existing customer.
An article about the Bluetest reverberation chamber technology has been published in the German magazine Elektroniknet. Click here to access the article (German only).
The Bluetest chambers are the fastest and most cost effective OTA test chambers for SISO and MIMO devices using small antennas. They are also the most easy to use and maintain. The sales growth over the last three years has been about 500%.
Kjell Olovsson has joined Bluetest as Vice President for sales and business development. He will use his long international experience in the RF testing field to expand the Bluetest business around the world.
Bluetest has recieved two orders for Bluetest HP chambers in June from our Japanese distributor TOYO. These are our sixth and seventh orders from Japan in little over a year. The Japanese market is usually difficult to break into unless you have a product and distributor of high quality. Seven orders of a product using a new technology, in little over a year, is solid proof that Bluetest has both.
"GIGACOMP is one of the leading RF specialists in Central Europe and we are very happy to add GIGACOMP as a Bluetest distributor for Germany, Switzerland, and Austria" says Mats Andersson, CEO of Bluetest AB.
"The revolutionary Bluetest technology will give our customers a significant cost and time to market advantage. The performance of wireless devices with small single and/or multiple (MIMO and/or diversity) antennas can be evaluated in minutes in a very compact, cost effective, and easy to use system." says Dr. Bernd Fleischmann, Managing Director of GIGACOMP GmbH.
Bluetest sales are accelerating despite the economic turmoil on the world markets. The turnover for the fiscal year May 2008 - April 2009 has increased by 177% compared to the previous year and by about 450% compared to two years ago.
Bluetest's US distributor MI Technologies recieved today a Bluetest HP chamber order from a large US based wireless company. This is MI Technologies first Bluetest order in the US and it will be Bluetest chamber no. 8 to be installed in North-America. The interest in the Bluetest reverberation chamber technology has accelerated during the last year as more and more companies have become aware of the significant cost and time savings that can be made in using this technology for extremely fast OTA measurements of devices with small single or multiple antenna configurations.
The 22nd annual meeting of SAMS (Swedish Antenna Measurement Society) will take place at Lindholmen Science Park May 14th. There will be technical presentations before lunch, followed by visits to Bluetest AB and some other places of interest after lunch.
For those interested in giving a presentation or attending SAMS 2009, please follow the instructions in the SAMS 2009 invitation that can be found here.