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02/25/2013 - European Space Agency Selects Spirent Hybrid Location Technology Solution

Spirent HLTS Provides Ultimate Flexibility for Location Testing in ESA R&D Labs

Sunnyvale, California — (February 26, 2013) — Spirent Communications, the leading provider of navigation, positioning and wireless test solutions, today announced that the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Spirent's Hybrid Location Technology Solution (HLTS) to expand the location testing capabilities in their R&D labs.

As the first test solution of its kind, Spirent's HLTS brings together all elements of hybrid positioning technology synchronously. It enables ESA to test positioning performance with a combination of Assisted Global Navigation Satellite System (A-GNSS), Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) sensor and cellular positioning technologies. ESA's initial use of HLTS is to test OTDOA (Observed Time Difference of Arrival), a cellular technology that enables accurate positioning indoors. HLTS provides the ability to test OTDOA performance metrics in the lab and assesses the technology's accuracy under a wide range of conditions, including various combinations of PRS bandwidth, muting patterns and impairments such as multipath and fading.

"Spirent navigation and positioning systems have been a big part of our R&D efforts over the years," said Massimo Crisci, Head of Radio Navigation Systems and Techniques Section of the Technical Directorate in ESA/ESTEC. "HLTS is a unique and powerful test platform that delivers repeatable and reliable lab-based testing while combining the key positioning technologies."

"We're excited that ESA continues to employ Spirent's location technology solutions in their leading-edge R&D initiatives," said Spirent vice-president Nigel Wright. "The collaboration between our companies demonstrates our joint commitment to lead and accelerate the development of next-generation location technologies for the wireless industry."

Visit Spirent's booth in Hall 6 Stand #6D85 during Mobile World Congress, February 25 – 28 in Barcelona for more information.

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.

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