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iBwave Announces Stronger Integration of iBwave Design with Collection Tools

Solution Developed in Collaboration with Ascom Network Testing

BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, 28 February 2012 - iBwave and Ascom Network Testing today announced a jointly developed interface for collection tools that enables the seamless integration of iBwave flagship software, iBwave Design, with Ascom's TEMS mobile network testing solutions.

The new integration streamlines the ability for RF network engineers to test signal strength within facilities, where GPS positioning is not possible, by importing iBwave detailed floor maps to their TEMS collection tools.  In one quick and easy step, the integration enables engineers to use building coordinates to align their in-building presence and provide a baseline for route planning and walk testing.  Additionally, the data enriches the TEMS application by enabling engineers to display the location of antennas on floor plans, validate their DAS configurations, and much more.

iBwave Design is the most comprehensive, and widely used software in the world for in-building wireless design-planning and deployments, helping to speed up processes and reduce costs. "This new interface, which provides an important link between the wireless network planning and testing domains, is just another example of iBwave's ongoing commitment to improve the overall in-building wireless design and deployment process," says iBwave CEO, Mario Bouchard.

Based on the new "IBWC" open standard for information exchange, the interface simplifies the process of exchanging files from one tool to another, bringing added value to both applications.  Ascom Network Testing is one of the first mobile network optimization  tool manufacturers to include embedded support for IBWC in three key products:  TEMS Pocket, a mobile phone/smartphone and advanced test tool-in-one for wireless network verification, maintenance, and troubleshooting; TEMS Investigation, the industry-leading solution for wireless network drive testing, troubleshooting, verification, optimization, and maintenance;  and TEMS Discovery, a wireless network reporting and analytics tool for indoor test post-processing, drive test analysis and network diagnostics.

"With more than half of all data traffic being consumed by subscribers indoors, operators and services providers know that their ability to meet subscriber quality expectations increasingly relies  on how well they can test, optimize and troubleshoot  in-building coverage," says Ascom Network Testing General Manager, Rikard Lundqvist.   "By co-developing an open standard for information exchange between our platforms, Ascom and IBwave are helping operators meet this demand with greater efficiency and economy, than ever before."

Ascom (Booth 1C109) and iBwave (Hall 2, Booth 2A56) are both exhibiting their product suites at Mobile World Congress. Their executive teams are also on hand for interviews and live product demos at their respective booths.

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). Ascom Group has subsidiaries in 20 countries and a workforce of about 2,300 employees worldwide. The registered shares of the Ascom Group (symbol ASCN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich. (www.ascom.com).

About iBwave
iBwave, the global in-building standard, serves over 300 leading telecommunication firms in more than 70 countries worldwide, with innovative indoor wireless solutions. Its leading software suite empowers operators, system integrators and OEMs to provide optimum network coverage and capacity inside buildings, where 80 percent of all wireless traffic occurs, while also boosting efficiency and productivity through the in-building project value chain. iBwave also offers quality hands-on training and certification programs, instilling awareness and proficiency in in-building wireless network design.