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octoScope Fully Automated Test Suite Brings the Latest Broadband Forum Standard to Wi-Fi Router Testing
Customer care calls and truck rolls associated with Wi-Fi are a big pain point for service providers. They are looking for testing solutions that help them quantify the performance of a Wi-Fi router prior to releasing it on the market...

April 8, 2021

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Software console helps automate wireless testbed tasks
The scriptMachine is a console for controlling one or more octoBox testbeds. The scriptMachine also includes a development environment for test automation and runs scripts supplied by octoScope or third parties.

March 18, 2021

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Spirent Communications announces acquisition of octoScope to establish it as 'market leader' in the wi-fi space
The company has bought octoScope for an initial cash consideration of $55 million on a debt and cash-free basis from founder Fanny Mlinarsky, management and other investors, funded from existing cash resources.

March 5, 2021

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Spirent boosts Wi-Fi testing with $55M deal
UK-based Spirent Communications struck an agreement to acquire US market rival octoScope to boost its Wi-Fi and 5G testing capabilities.

March 5, 2021

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Wi-Fi 6E Preview With ASUS' GT-AXE11000 ROG Rapture
Testing was done on an octoScope top-of-line STACK-MAX test system generously loaned by the company. I'll have more details about the system when I publish the Revision 11 process description.

February 2021

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octoScope Instrumento de pruebas con soporte para Wi-Fi 6E
Una gran parte del nuevo espectro se encuentra disponible por parte de los reguladores para wifi y otros usos sin licencia. Un total de 1200 MHz en la nueva banda de 6 GHz aumenta el número de canales de 80 MHz disponibles para wifi de seis a veinte, lo que supone un incremento del 233 por ciento.

December 23, 2020

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octoScope Introduces Automated Wireless Personal Test Instrument for Wi-Fi 6E
Based on one of the most advanced Wi-Fi chipsets, octoScope’s Pal-6E functions as a traffic partner, sniffer, virtual station emulator, and load generator for testing throughput, capacity, roaming, band steering, and more. Pal-6E can be built into octoBox chambers or used stand-alone.

December 22, 2020

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Wi-Fi tester expands to cover 6 GHz
For functional testing, a single Pal-6E can emulate a network of up to 64 virtual stations. You can use up to four Pal-6E units to emulate up to 256 stations. As a station tester, the Pal-6E can emulate access points in a network.

December 21, 2020

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Wireless testbeds support new WiFi 6E standard
“We are excited to announce support for Wi-Fi 6E. Wi-Fi 6 already allows devices to operate much faster and with lower latency. Wi-Fi 6E now extends these benefits to the new 6 GHz band enabling a new wave of innovative devices and services,” said Fanny Mlinarsky, President of octoScope.
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December 21. 2020

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Wireless testbeds support new WiFi 6E standard
Based on one of the most advanced Wi-Fi chipsets, octoScope’s Pal-6E functions as a traffic partner, sniffer, virtual station emulator and a load generator for testing throughput, capacity, roaming, band steering and more. Pal-6E can be built into octoBox® chambers or used stand-alone.

December 21, 2020

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octoScope Introduces Support for Wi-Fi 6E in its Test Instruments
To create Pal-6E, octoScope added a 6 GHz capable radio to its existing Pal-6 instrument. With the addition of this radio, the Pal-6E now supports all Wi-Fi standards, 802.11b/g/a/n/ac/ax.

December 21, 2020

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OctoScope Expands Its Wi-Fi 6 Access Point And Infrastructure Testing Capacity For New Scenarios With High Density Of Stations And IoT Devices
octoScope now supports 64 virtual stations, vSTAs, per radio in its Wi-Fi instrument, Pal-6. The total number of vSTAs per Pal-6 has doubled from 96 to 192. octoScope’s STACK-MAX testbed with four built-in Pal-6 instruments now supports 768 virtual stations to support important test cases for enterprise APs or consumer IoT scenarios.

November 30, 2020

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WiFi6 access point and IoT test boost
The latest WiFi6 technology emphasizes usage scenarios with hundreds or thousands of devices connecting simultaneously in high density venues such as stadiums, factories, warehouses and office buildings. Similarly, in the home, applications such as Internet of Things (IoT) increases the number of Wi-Fi devices needing simultaneous connectivity.

November 30, 2020

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Laptop-based instrument records wireless environment and motion for playback in testbeds
Tracker is a Wi-Fi test solution that enables recording of an environment such as a house for playback in the octoBox personal testbed.

November 23, 2020

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Test instrument enables Wi-Fi testing, OFDMA wireless packet capture in the field
As a sniffer, fieldPal captures legacy 802.11abgnac packets as well as 802.11ax OFDMA (orthogonal frequency domain multiple access) packets in PCAP format to Wireshark in real-time. The fieldPal supports octoScope’s multiPerf traffic tool and can be used as a traffic end point in field test scenarios. It also allows for insightful visualization of OFDMA performance.

November 16, 2020

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Test instrument enables Wi-Fi testing, OFDMA wireless packet capture in the field
The fieldPal is a precision Wi-Fi test instrument that enables Wi-Fi testing and OFDMA wireless packet capture in the field.
To test performance of the new wireless technologies and applications, engineers use controlled fieldpallaboratory testbeds like the octoBox in combination with field testing. New types of test tools are needed that allow testing in the field as well as replication of usage scenarios in a laboratory testbed. Built on the same technology as octoScope’s lab test instrument, STApal, and running the same software, the fieldPal can perform many of the same tests in the field as in the octoBox testbed.

November 16, 2020

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Wi-Fi tester takes to the field
For years, octoScope has focused on Wi-Fi testing in the lab through its octoScope test chamber and accessories known as “Pals.” The FieldPal, takes octoScope’s Wi-Fi measurements out of the box and into the field. With FieldPal, you can run the octoScope’s software on a Linux-based laptop with an M.2 Wi-Fi card. Thus, you can perform many of the tests performed in the octoBox test bed, plus you can test the performance of Wi-Fi mesh networks.

November 20, 2020

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octoScope Achieves 70% YoY Growth in 2019
octoScope® completed 2019 with an impressive year-over-year (YoY) company growth of 70 percent. Supporting this evolution, the company released a number of new products, expanded its office and production space, added several strategic new hires, continued to increase its IP portfolio with new patent filings and registered trademarks and participated in events across the globe.

January 9, 2020

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octoScope Equipment: Performance & QoE Testing for Wireless Technology
Learn about our wireless testing here at the lab with our state of the art octoScope Test Bed. Our wireless testing focuses on performance and quality of experience for the 802.11 WiFi technologies. Our octoScope testbed includes two 26” octoBoxes, and one 38” ...

Deccember 2019

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Schnellere HF-Verifikation
Jeder HF-Ingenieur kann mit dem Testsys-tem von octoScope sein persönliches Test-system flexibel aufbauen – wenn er will, direkt im Büro. Dazu hat octoScope die octoBox mit Zubehör entwickelt. Sie besteht aus Messboxen verschiedener Bauformen – klein, mittel, groß – die sich auf einem Rack-System je nach den anfallenden Messanforderungen zusammenstellen lassen. Die Boxen sind untereinander und zur Außenwelt sehr effektiv mit 90 dB HF isoliert.

January 2019

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Software tests Wi-Fi mesh-network handoffs over the air
Mesh networking is gaining popularity as organizations look to improve coverage at minimal cost. Mesh networking, based on IEEE 802.11s, has been in existence for some 10 years but new interest has ignited a need for test. To that end, octoScope has added synchroSniffer packet probe capture and analysis…

July 2018

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Wi-Fi Roaming Secrets Revealed - Part 1
How To Fix Wi-Fi Roaming tried to explain the whys and wherefores of Wi-Fi roaming. The key intended takeaway was that the wireless device, not the AP/router/mesh point, is the biggest factor in how a device moves between APs. But Wi-Fi marketeers continue to promise "seamless" roaming and frustrated Wi-Fi users continue to believe them, especially when vendors promise their products use special techniques to bend Wi-Fi devices to their will.…

April 24, 2018

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Wi-Fi Roaming Secrets Revealed - Part 2
Part 1 of this series looked at how a device with known roaming behavior worked with a NETGEAR Orbi router and satellite. Since the octoScope Pal device supports 802.11v BSS Transition Management Requests, we got to see how that feature was used in band steering the Pal.…

May 1, 2018

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Wi-Fi Roaming Secrets Revealed - Part 3
Part 2 of this series was a deep dive into using Wireshark filters to determine device support for 802.11k,v and r roaming assistance technologies. This third and final part will wrap things up with a look at the roaming behavior of Windows and Android devices.…

May 8, 2018

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How We Test: SmallNetBuilder's Wireless Testbed V10
We once again worked with our test partner octoScope to design the testbed for the Revision 10 process. The new testbed got moved up all the way to Revision 10 to line up with the name of the process it is used with. It can handle both single point routers and DW products of up to three modules. The top box is unchanged; it's still octoScope's Box-38 anechoic RF test chamber equipped with turntable and four octoScope high-gain antennas. Below that, however, everything is new.

June 6, 2017

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octoScope automates throughput performance testing
Manual throughput testing in open-air environments can be time consuming, error prone, and not repeatable—a point emphasized by octoScope. To overcome these limitations, the company offers the octoBox wireless testbed and has just released a video on throughput performance testing using the octoBox…

February 14, 2016

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Testing 1Gbps for everyone
Testing MIMO devices means the days of using wires between test equipment and DUTs for development and characterization are over. You simply can’t emulate what the devices will encounter in the real world. But, you need repeatability and that's difficult to achieve…

December 2, 2013

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octoScope, UNH receive $150K NSF grant
A Marlborough company that sells devices to test wireless devices has received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a smaller, cheaper wireless certification test methodology for the next generation of mobile phones.

July 6, 2012

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octoScope Introduces Industry's First Stackable Anechoic Chamber
With nearly perfect isolation and damping of reflections in each stackable chamber, octoBox Stackable enables multiple wireless devices to be flexibly interconnected in a variety of topologies and with controlled emulation of wireless channel conditions.

March 22, 2012

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Wireless Technology: Where we’ve been and where we’re going
Following is a New Tech Press interview with Fanny Mlinarsky, President of octoScope. We discuss next generation OFDM and MIMO techniques and how they are evolving from the LTE and 802.11n technologies to the emerging technologies being developed for LTE-Advanced and 802.11ac solutions

January 24, 2012

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Wireless Technology: Where we’ve been and where we’re going
NTP: Does the new spatial multiplexing feature mean that we are NOT now running out of spectrum space as previously reported?
FM: Due to the scarcity of licensed spectrum, LTE-A has different challenges from those of 802.11ac that has over 400 MHz of spectrum in the unlicensed 5 GHz band. Licensed spectrum typically comes in slivers of a few MHz. Thus, to increase throughput, LTE-A has introduced spectrum bonding of non-contiguous bands.

January 20, 2012

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OctoBox from OctoScope Widely Used for Conducting Wireless Product Automation Tests
This chamber is much lower in cost when compared to conventional anechoic chambers.

November 3, 2011

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octoScope's Customers Use octoBox For Wireless Product Production Test; Demos Scheduled At RoboBusiness Leadership Summit
Our OEM customers are now successfully using octoBox for repeatable and reliable production test of their wireless products

November 2, 2011

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OctoScope’s Customers Use OctoBox for Wireless Product Production Test
OctoBox revolutionizes the way multi-radio devices such as smartphones are designed, tested and verified.

November 2, 2011

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octoScope's Customers Use octoBox for Wireless Product Production Test; Demos Scheduled at RoboBusiness Leadership Summit
It offers accurate Over The Air (OTA) testing of conventional and MIMO wireless devices in a customizable refrigerator-sized anechoic (non-echoing) enclosure that replaces more expensive walk-in anechoic chambers.

November 1, 2011

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octoScope’s Customers Use octoBox for Wireless Product Production Test, iRobot Among Customers
…wireless test product, octoBox™ has shipped to customers for wireless product production testing. Customers include iRobot® Corporation…

November 1, 2011

octoScope’s Customers Use octoBox for Wireless Product Production Test; Demos Scheduled at RoboBusiness Leadership Summit

November 1, 2011

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Customers Use octoBox for Wireless Product Production Test
octoBox revolutionizes the way multi-radio devices such as smartphones are designed, tested and verified. It offers accurate Over The Air (OTA) testing of conventional and MIMO wireless devices in a customizable refrigerator-sized anechoic (non-echoing) enclosure that replaces more expensive walk-in anechoic chambers.

November 2, 2011

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Software for Adding IEEE 802.11n Channel Emulation Logic to Wireless Test Equipment
octoScope has announced its newest product, octoFade software. octoFade includes a library that implements IEEE 802.11n standard channel models enabling test equipment manufacturers and integrators to cost effectively and easily add channel emulation to test instruments used to test MIMO (up to 4x4) or conventional radios. octoScope is also developing 802.11ac channel models and welcomes inquiries about this offering.

October 13, 2011

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Portable Anechoic Chamber Eases MIMO Testing
Dropped calls on cell phones due to faulty antenna placement have been selectively publicized, as in the case of the Apple iPhone 4G, but have been a common occurrence in all phones released in the past two years. Mobile carriers are putting heavy pressure on manufacturers to avoid, if not eliminate the problem as soon as possible. No, actually they want it done now.

October 19, 2011

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OctoBox eases MIMO testing
[Video with Fanny Mlinarsky] A small company in Boston, octoScope, has pulled the wraps off a refrigerator-sized anechoic chamber, the octoBox, that can test mobile devices without having to solder coax directly to the device antennae and deliver more real-world results.

October 17, 2011

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octoScope Announces Software for Adding IEEE 802.11n Channel-Emulation Logic to Wireless Test Equipment
octoFade allows testing of MIMO radios in an emulated environment where the radios are subjected to controlled hostile conditions such as motion and multi-path

October 11, 2011

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octoFade Software Library for Adding IEEE 802.11n Channel Emulation Logic
octoScope introduced octoFade software, which includes a library that implements IEEE 802.11n standard channel models. The software library enables test equipment manufacturers and integrators to add channel emulation to test instruments used to test MIMO (up to 4×4) or conventional radios.

October 13, 2011

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octoScope Announces Software for Adding IEEE 802.11n Channel Emulation Logic to Wireless Test Equipment
octoFade allows testing of MIMO radios in an emulated environment where the radios are subjected to controlled hostile conditions such as motion and multipath.

October 12, 2011

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Software for Adding IEEE 802.11n Channel Emulation Logic to Wireless Test Equipment
“octoScope has done it again, this time with a novel approach to channel emulation that is both powerful and cost-effective,” said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. “Users of octoFade will produce the next generation of MIMO products more quickly and at lower cost than has ever been possible before.”

October 12, 2011

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Using FPGAs to add IEEE 802.11n channel emulation capabilities to wireless test equipment
If you are already a hero with regard to designing and testing wireless systems, then today’s announcement from octoScope will make perfect sense. For myself, it made me realize just how little I know…

October 11, 2011

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octoScope adds IEEE 802.11n channel emulation capabilities to wireless test equipment
octoFade includes a library that implements IEEE 802.11n standard channel models enabling test equipment manufacturers and integrators to cost effectively and easily add channel emulation to test instruments used to test MIMO (up to 4x4) or conventional radios. octoScope is also developing 802.11ac channel models and welcomes inquiries about this offering.

October 11, 2011

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Work on Mission-Critical Voice over LTE Under Way, but Indefinite Timeline
Earlier this year, octoScope and Covia Labs each received about $100,000 contracts from the DHS S&T Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to research and develop handset and infrastructure components for the nationwide 700 MHz public-safety LTE network.

September 29, 2011

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OTA Test Platform Does It All Fast And Precise
The octoBox over-the-air (OTA) test platform promises to reduces test time for multi-radio devices such as smartphones and USB dongles. It offers accurate OTA testing of conventional and MIMO wireless devices in a customizable refrigerator sized anechoic (non-echoing) enclosure that replaces walk-in anechoic chambers.

September 28, 2011

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4G/LTE Brings Changes In Wireless Test Approaches
The advent of 4G/Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna schemes in the wireless realm has brought significant changes in the way wireless devices and networks are tested.

August 17, 2011

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octoScope unveils small-footprint OTA test enclosure
According to RF and wireless product-development company octoScope, its octoBox OTA (over-the-air) test station will transform the way multiradio devices, such as smartphones and USB dongles, are designed, tested, and verified. octoBox enables OTA testing of conventional and MIMO wireless devices in a customizable refrigerator-sized anechoic enclosure that replaces expensive walk-in anechoic chambers.

August 9, 2011

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octoScope Unveils octoBox OTA Testing Platform for Wireless Devices
It was revealed by the wireless solutions and services company that the octoBox can enable accurate OTA testing of conventional and MIMO wireless devices in a customizable refrigerator sized anechoic (non-echoing) enclosure. This will eliminate need for expensive walk-in anechoic chambers and facilitates test setup.
August 5, 2011

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Wireless test platform offers accurate OTA
octoScope Inc. has introduced a new wireless testing device, the octoBox. The device promises to revolutionise the way multi-radio devices such as smartphones and USB dongles are designed, tested and verified, octoScope said. octoBox offers accurate OTA testing of conventional and MIMO wireless devices in a customisable refrige......
August 4, 2011

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octoScope Introduces Smartphone Industry's First Small Form Factor Over-The-Air (OTA) Test Platform
As the world becomes more connected, multiple radios (2G/3G, LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS) are incorporated into a variety of products. Devices such as smartphones and pads with multiple integrated antennas require rigorous OTA testing. octoBox enables OTA testing with the accuracy and repeatability of conducted testing.
August 3, 2011

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Smartphone test platform in reduced footprint
A test system that claims to revolutionize the way multi-radio devices such as smartphones and USB dongles are designed, tested, and verified has been developed by OctoScope.

August 3, 2011

 
Smartphone test platform in reduced footprint
A single unit enables simultaneous parallel testing of eight or more fully assembled smartphones through their antennas.
August 3, 2011

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octoScope Demos New Smartphone Test Platform at NIWeek
octoScope, an RF and wireless company, announced it will attend NIWeek, National Instruments 17th annual technology conference, and demonstrate a new platform for smartphone testing in National Instruments RF Pavilion. octoScope president Fanny Mlinarsky will also speak on Over-The-Air (OTA) test methods and metrics.
July 29, 2011

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Executive Profile: Fanny Mlinarsky
Ms. Mlinarsky, who speaks English, French and Russian and holds five patents, brings a powerful combination of in-depth technical knowledge and business acumen to the company she started in 2006.
July 29, 2011

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octoScope Demonstrates New Smartphone Test Platform: President Fanny Mlinarsky Speaks on OTA Test Methods and Metrics at NIWeek
Modern smart phones with cellular, 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS radios cry out for OTA test methods due to their sheer number of connections. This session will review OTA test methods and metrics being developed for 3GPP and CTIA and discuss practical approaches to fast and accurate OTA-based production testing.
July 26, 2011

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octoScope Awarded DHS Contract for Public Safety Voice Service Solution for Broadband Wireless Infrastructure and Handsets
octoScope, Inc. today announced that it has received a contract from the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to research and develop handset and infrastructure components for the nationwide 700 MHz public safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.
July 1, 2011

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Wireless to go
Each of your successive generations will also probably need to remain compatible with earlier versions. “A general trend in the industry is that we are adding new standards and protocols but not subtracting the old ones as quickly,” says Fanny Mlinarsky, founder and president of consulting company OctoScope, using the cellular industry as an example. “They linger, and we have to be backward-compatible. So as the whole cellular industry is reinventing itself with broadband wireless 3G [third generation] and 4G [fourth generation], it has to carry that baggage of GSM [global system for mobile communications] in Europe and CDMA [code-division multiple access] here. Even WCDMA [wideband CDMA], which is 3G, is barely making it to market now, only to be replaced soon by LTE.”
February 4, 2010

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Fanny Mlinarsky, on shifts in the wireless world
So there are two things that are happening. There are applications, but there are also smartphones with multiple radios that are coming on the market. About five years you had on the phone one radio - it was a GSM phone in Europe or a CDMA phone in the U.S. Then they stared coming out with GSM/CDMA duo-mode phones. But now, you have a have a dozen radios in the phone.
July 24, 2009

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3Com spawns a startup legacy, 30 years later
One entrepreneur in the area that twice narrowly missed being a 3Com employee through its local acquisitions is Fanny Mlinarsky, a Mass High Tech Women to Watch Honoree in 2004 and founder of Azimuth Systems Inc. in 2001 and her latest endeavor, octoScope in Marlborough.
July 2, 2009