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02/27/2012 - Spirent First in the Industry to Put Performance of Wi-Fi Offload Gateways to the Test

Solution Enables Mobile Operators to Reduce Network Costs, Boost Quality of Experience

Barcelona — (February 27, 2012) — Spirent Communications today announced the addition of Wi-Fi Offload Gateway testing capability to its Spirent Landslide solution. Landslide is the industry's first and only solution to test the performance of Wi-Fi Offload Gateways which handle offloading of data from sources such as Over-The-Top video, as well as traditional services such as voice calling and SMS, from a 3G/4G/LTE cellular network to a Wi-Fi network.

As mobile operators face overwhelming bandwidth demands from data-hungry subscribers, Wi-Fi offloading is an important approach to helping ease congestion and control capital expenditure. It helps ensure subscriber quality of experience (QoE) by freeing up mobile spectrum for users who are truly mobile and by offering all users higher bandwidths. The Wi-Fi Offload Gateway is a critical element in ensuring seamless and secure service handoff from the mobile network. Unlike competitive products, Spirent's solution tests the performance and scalability of the Wi-Fi Offload Gateway and the mobile core network, enabling authentication and security scenarios to be verified, as well as handoffs.

Capable of emulating thousands of access points and millions of users, as well as mobile applications and the 2G/3G/4G core network, Spirent's Wi-Fi offload testing capability on Spirent Landslide supports the testing of authentication, inter/intra Access Point Mobility and cellular-to-Wi-Fi network mobility at scale under real-world conditions.

"In addition to the home and office, Wi-Fi access is well suited to work at large venues such as sporting events," said Jeff Schmitz, vice president of Networks & Applications group at Spirent. "For example, at the upcoming Olympic games in London or at regularly scheduled sporting events such as soccer, football and baseball, fans can have a tremendous impact on wireless networks. Smartphone users at these locations are looking to enhance their experience of these events by accessing such related bandwidth-hungry video services as online instant replay, live viewing of other games, and so on. Wi-Fi offloading not only helps to alleviate network access bottlenecks but presents an opportunity for operators to introduce unique and value-added location-based services."

Spirent is showcasing its 3G/4G/LTE testing solutions, including the market leading Landslide mobile broadband network testing solution, on booth #1C14 at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. To learn more about Spirent’s solutions for data offload, including Wi-Fi gateway testing, visit www.spirent.com/Solutions-Directory/Landslide

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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