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12/05/2011 - Spirent Leads the Industry in A-GPS Over-the-Air Testing


SGS deployment brings the number of leading labs choosing Spirent to more than 15

Sunnyvale, California — (December 5, 2011) — Spirent Communications, a leader in testing wireless networks, services and devices, today announced that the SGS wireless testing laboratory in Seoul, Korea has become the latest among the world's leading wireless testing laboratories to deploy Spirent's 8100 A-GPS Over-the-Air (OTA) test solution. Spirent leads the industry by a wide margin, with installations at more than 15 of the world's top test labs capable of providing OTA testing services. The Spirent 8100 solution is also widely used by leading labs to offer A-GPS conformance testing as part of device certification to GCF, PTCRB and CCF requirements.

"Spirent's industry leadership in both navigation satellite emulation and over-the-air testing made them the low-risk choice," said Nicky You, Lab Operation Manager at SGS. "However, we still asked them to prove that the 8100 system could allow us to offer our customers the most accurate OTA A-GPS testing available, and they delivered."

Shipments of GPS-capable GSM/WCDMA handsets have continued to grow rapidly - by 97% to 295 million units in 2010, according to analyst firm Berg Insight. But to ensure that the technology delivers as promised in the real world, the performance of A-GPS in devices needs to be tested over the air in a large chamber under precisely-controlled conditions. The CTIA has made A-GPS OTA testing an integral part of its certification process for wireless devices.

"Winning at more than fifteen of the world's top OTA labs is a great milestone for us," said Spirent vice president Rob Van Brunt. "We've worked hard to apply our subject matter expertise to this important area, enabling us to offer low-risk, high-return solutions to our customers."

Spirent's expertise in A-GPS OTA testing is further highlighted in a white paper titled "A-GPS Over-The-Air Test Method: Business and Technology Implications." The white paper explains the technical advantages and requirements of OTA testing methodology for A-GPS enable devices. For more information on Spirent's A-GPS OTA test solutions visit www.spirent.com/Devices-and-Equipment/Over_the_air.aspx

About Spirent Federal Systems
Spirent Federal Systems was formed in July 2001 by Spirent Communications as a wholly owned subsidiary and United States proxy company. Spirent Federal markets and sells products in North and South America with value-added features and ongoing customer support. Spirent Federal Systems is headquartered in Yorba Linda, California, with support and sales offices throughout the US.

About Spirent's Positioning Technology Division
Spirent is the first choice of major manufacturers, integrators, test facilities and space agencies worldwide for GNSS testing and simulation solutions. Today, Spirent simulation systems are used throughout the world through a broad range of clients in more than 30 countries. Spirent delivers navigation and positioning test equipment and services to all sectors of the navigation and positioning community, from government agencies through to high volume commercial markets.

About Spirent Communications plc
Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations to enable customers to deploy communications networks, services & applications, and devices that enrich life. Our extensive portfolio of solutions test data centers, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network security, and global navigation satellite systems. With solutions used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, the world’s largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprise and governments rely daily on Spirent to help ensure their success. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,300 employees worldwide.

Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: SPT). The Company operates a Level 1 American Depositary Receipt ("ADR") program with each ADR representing four Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares. The ADRs trade in the US over-the-counter ("OTC") market under the symbol SPMYY and the CUSIP number is 84856M209. Spirent Communications' sales to the United States government are made through Spirent Federal Systems Inc (www.spirentfederal.com).

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