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Anritsu Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy for its MasterClaw Solution and NetClaw Analyzer


Frost & Sullivans recent analysis of world wireless network monitoring systems and protocol analyzer markets selected Anritsu as the recipient of the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy in recognition of its proficient products in the mobile wireless network monitoring market.

Anritsu, which recently acquired NetTest, is a leading global provider of end-to-end network monitoring systems, service assurance solutions and test and measurement products. Anritsu's chief area of expertise in wireless is the centralized and distributed monitoring of mobile wireless networks. Their product suite for this market includes both the MasterClaw solution (formerly known as MasterQuest) and the NetClaw (formerly known as InterQuest) analyzer.

With its flexible design and ability to leverage existing product iterations in newer generation products, Anritsu has designed for its customers and itself a 'win-win' strategy and thus is positioned for growth, which gives it an advantage over its competitors, says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sankara Jambulingam. Anritsu's wireless monitoring solutions help network operators reduce customer churn rates, lower network operating costs, assures smooth rollout of new services and ensures performance of networks at peak efficiency.

The MasterClaw solution is Anritsu's probe-based non-intrusive monitoring system designed to provide full end-to-end monitoring of GSM, GPRS, UMTS, and VoIP/SS7 networks. The solution enables operators to increase profits by optimizing the use of existing network capacity, increase average revenue per user by improving service quality and launch new access and subscriber services faster. Moreover, the MasterClaw effectively links parallel 2G, 2.5G and 3G networks to support an operator's transition strategy.

As wireless networks become more complex, there is increasing demand for end-to-end troubleshooting and monitoring solutions that ensure optimal network performance, said Thomas Jensen, vice president and head of the Service Assurance Business Unit of Anritsu. We are honored to be recognized by the industrys leading experts for closely aligning our product line strategy with customer needs, which has resulted in continuous significant market penetration.

The MasterClaw integrates network monitoring, troubleshooting, as well as service and customer quality monitoring of converged networks into one platform. This integrated environment enables service providers and network operators to monitor their networks as a unified service platform rather than treating service and network segment as a separate entity.

The NetClaw is an advanced network and service performance analyzer to troubleshoot and optimize new and existing services across GSM, CDMA, GPRS/EDGE, UMTS, SS7 and IP networks in a single box. Apart from using NetClaw to capture data, monitor and troubleshoot in a single unit, efficient testing of the interoperability of different technologies can be performed, reducing operational costs, as networks get increasingly complex. With the innovative NetClaw multi-user capability, it is possible for up to eight users to analyze different parts of the monitored network simultaneously and independent of each other, thus optimizing work routines while minimizing investment in other test solutions.

"Apart from the early adoption factor, Arnitsu's products are highly competent to address needs for powerful and seamless migration path, allowing operators to scale current monitoring and test solutions from a single location, to local networks, and onto the entire network across UMTS, GPRS and GSM domains in a cost-efficient manner," adds Jambulingam.

Anritsu, a true pioneer in the wireless network and service monitoring market, is forecast to further increase its market share in the coming years, and is a worthy recipient of Frost & Sullivan's 2005 Product Line Strategy Award in the World Wireless Network Monitoring Market. Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to a company that has demonstrated the most insight into customer needs and product demands. The recipient company should have optimized its product line by leveraging products with the various price, performance, and feature points required by the market.