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[June 26, 2013]

PCTEL Launches SeeHawk® In-Building Test Suite (IBTS)

AMSTERDAM --(Business Wire)--

PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), a leader in simplifying wireless and site solutions for private and public networks, announced today at the LTE (News - Alert) World Summit the availability of its SeeHawk® In-Building Test Suite (IBTS). The SeeHawk IBTS helps carriers, neutral host providers, venue owners, DAS integrators, and RF engineers visualize and characterize their in-building wireless environments.

The SeeHawk IBTS is a complete solution for in-building baseline and optimization testing for planning, building, and maintaining in-building wireless systems. At its core is a PCTEL (News - Alert) SeeGull MX or EX scanning receiver (new or previously purchased) configured to customer requirements. PCTEL's SeeHawk 2.4 software with Indoor Mode Option makes it easy to collect and visualize data on a tablet or laptop. Finally, PCTEL's In-Building Walk Test Kit includes a backpack, battery and accessories designed to enable engineers to easily walk test in-building venues.

The SeeHawk IBTS solution makes in-building testing faster and easier, with more reliable results. Instead of manually entering channel numbers provided by third parties, test engineers can use Blind Scan to automatically identify all active channels in and around a test site. Missing or incomplete channel lists will result in inaccurate baseline surveys, leading to in-building network design errors. Network design errors can also result from a loss of GPS time alignment for CDMA/EV-DO networks due to the absence of GPS line-of-sight in an in-building environment. GPS Holdover maintains accurate time alignment and allows the reporting of accurate cell identification. This capability is crucial to the in-building testing of CDMA/EVDO networks. SeeHawk IBTS also has the ability to simultaneously collect measurements across a series of bands and technologies from multiple carriers - in a single walk test - eliminating unnecessary costs for additional data collections. For LTE MIMO networks, SeeHawk IBTS parameters help customers to accurately identify throughput issues, which are critical to improving network efficiency and alleviating the spectrum crunch. SeeHawk IBTS's dvanced measurement capabilities will become increasingly relevant as carriers use LTE networks to deploy high-definition voice services, which require consistently high data throughput rates.

SeeHawk and the SeeGull EX and MX simplify both in-building data collection and on-site problem solving. The SeeHawk IBTS allows users to load and register floor plans, establish "landmarks," and save testing routes. Intuitive charting and highly illustrative "before and after" propagation maps can be used to quickly judge a network's performance and make adjustments on the fly, while SeeHawk's real-time event reporting and mapping enables users to instantly identify problem areas and issues.

"PCTEL is committed to providing in-building wireless solutions," said Marty Singer, PCTEL's Chairman and CEO. "Our MIMO antennas, cabling, and enclosures deliver coverage and capacity. Our network engineering team provides network analysis and design guidance, and our SeeHawk IBTS enables efficient, accurate, and essential in-building network analysis," added Singer.

PCTEL's network engineers used the SeeHawk IBTS on a recent service project at a Texas convention center. PCTEL was able to collect and report data from 39 different band/channel combinations simultaneously across AT&T, Sprint (News - Alert), Verizon, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS networks. Using a conventional solution, it would have taken up to four times as long to collect the same data.

PCTEL will showcase its SeeHawk IBTS along with its portfolio of scanning receiver products in Booth #35 at the LTE World Summit 2013, June 25-26 in Amsterdam.

About PCTEL

PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), develops antenna, scanning receiver, and engineered site solutions and services for public and private networks. PCTEL RF Solutions specializes in the design, optimization and testing of today's wireless communication networks. The company's SeeGull® scanning receivers, SeeHawk® visualization tool, and Clarify® system measure and analyze wireless signals for efficient cellular network planning, deployment, and optimization. PCTEL develops and supports scanning receivers for LTE, TD-LTE, EV-DO, CDMA, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, GSM, and WiMAX (News - Alert) networks.

PCTEL Connected Solutions™ simplifies network deployment for wireless, data and communications applications for private network, public safety, and government customers. PCTEL Connected Solutions develops and delivers high-value YAGI, Land Mobile Radio, WiFi, GPS, In-Tunnel, Subway, and broadband antennas (parabolic and flat panel) through its MAXRAD®, Bluewave™, and Wi-Sys (News - Alert)™ product lines. PCTEL also designs specialized towers, enclosures, fiber optic panels, and fiber jumper cables to deliver custom engineered site solutions. The company's vertical markets include SCADA, Health Care, Smart Grid, Positive Train Control, Precision Agriculture, Indoor Wireless, Telemetry, Off-loading, and Wireless Backhaul. PCTEL's products are sold worldwide through direct and indirect channels. For more information, please visit the company's web sites www.pctel.com, www.antenna.com, www.rfsolutions.pctel.com, or www.towerworx.com


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