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10/21/2008 - Spirent® Communications and SGS Wireless Partnership Agreement Advances Assisted GPS Handset Testing


Spirent ULTS Supports Full Range of RF and Signalling Conformance Test Cases on a Single Platform

Sunnyvale, Calif. - (October 21, 2008) - Spirent Communications plc, a global provider of performance analysis solutions and service management solutions and SGS Wireless, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company have signed an agreement to provide validation and testing services on the Spirent UMTS Location Test System (ULTS) at the SGS Wireless laboratory in Cambridge, UK.

Under this agreement SGS will provide Spirent with validation services to ensure that the Spirent ULTS stays at the cutting edge of Assisted-GPS (A-GPS) testing capability. This will ensure that the Spirent ULTS test case coverage continues to expand and address the industry's future testing needs. In addition, SGS will use the world-leading Spirent ULTS to provide A-GPS testing services to the cellular handset industry.

SGS will provide on-going validation services for existing PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) and Global Certification Forum (GCF) certified test cases, as well as for new test cases for the forthcoming OMA Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) Version 2.0 Enabler Test Specification. PTCRB certification is required for A-GPS-enabled products sold into the North American market. GCF certification is needed before many network operators outside North America will consider a product for deployment on their networks.

SGS will use the Spirent ULTS to provide A-GPS certification and other testing for its many cellular handset and network operator customers. The Spirent test system allows the full range of RF and signalling conformance test cases required by the GCF and the PTCRB to be run using a single platform.

"SGS is very pleased to be providing these services to Spirent Communications and the cellular industry," said John Midwood, Engineering Manager of SGS Wireless Europe. "It enables Spirent to take advantage of the specific expertise SGS has in testing GPS enabled devices, while advancing the wireless industry's deployment of the new SUPL V2.0 standard. SGS Wireless Europe has a strong reputation for quality, being accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO 17025 standards."

"We are delighted to be working with a leader like SGS. In addition to the validation work that SGS will be providing to us, this will also enable them to provide Certification services to their customers using ULTS," said Richard Catmur, Location Product Segment Manager at Spirent Communications. "The Spirent ULTS is recognised as the leading test platform for A-GPS and is used by every major handset manufacturer, network operators and independent certification labs worldwide."

Spirent had been the leading provider of A-GPS test systems since the beginning of this decade for GSM, WCDMA and CDMA handsets. Spirent A-GPS test systems are used by all the world's leading A-GPS chipset developers, handset manufacturers, network operators and certification labs to test the conformance and performance of mobile A-GPS technology.

For more information visit www.spirent.com/go/ults

About SGS Group
The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 50,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.

About SGS Wireless
The Wireless group of SGS (www.sgs.com\wireless) operates a number of dedicated laboratories at strategic locations around the globe. These laboratories are ISO 17025/GCF/PTCRB accredited.

About Spirent Communications plc
Spirent Communications (www.spirent.com) is a global provider of integrated performance analysis and service assurance systems that enable the development and deployment of next-generation networking technology such as Internet telephony, broadband services, 3G wireless, global navigation satellite systems, and network security equipment. Spirent Communications' solutions are used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, including the world's largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprises and governments. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,500 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") programme 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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Contacts

Sailaja Tennati
Spirent Communications
PR Manager
Direct: 770-432-3225
Business: 240-291-6044
sailaja.tennati@spirent.com

Stewart Cripps
SGS Wireless Europe
Business Development Manager
Direct: 44-1763-262524
stewart.cripps@sgs.com

Kate Innes
Zonic Corporation Ltd for Spirent Communications
Direct: 44 (0)1672 550123
kinnes@zonicgroup.com





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