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PIM testing: best practices in a nutshell

PIM testing

When it comes to PIM testing, the necessary steps to identify passive intermodulation (PIM) and locate its source are similar to interference hunting. In the end, PIM is an internal source of interference and can have a significant impact on network performance. Before starting with PIM measurements, however, it is recommended to test return loss. The PIM analyzer transmits high power;…

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NB-IoT: scanners are a must for coverage measurements (part 2 of 4)

NB-IoT scanner

In part 1 of our series about NB-IoT, an “Overview of Internet of Things technologies with a focus on NB-IoT”, we described typical use cases and current technologies pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT). We also identified that networks for IoT applications will be optimized for highest availability, particularly with regard to IoT applications under extreme receive conditions such…

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Device integration: detective work for mobile network testing solutions

Device integration

Have you ever thought about device integration? Surely, you’ve heard or read about it; for example, in our recent press release announcing the complete integration of the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones into our product portfolio of mobile network testing solutions. Didn’t you then wonder what exactly device integration means? Unlike competitors’ claims, device integration is everything but simply connecting user and…

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NB-IoT: Overview of Internet of Things technologies with a focus on NB-IoT (part 1 of 4)

Internet of Things

Use cases for the Internet of Things (IoT) are virtually unlimited. They include smart homes and buildings, wearables and smart fabrics, healthcare, telematics, smart cities, smart factories, and so on. This post provides an overview of current technologies with a focus on IoT developments made by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).  When it comes to mobile network testing in…

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Mobile Network Testing Forum 2017 event video

mobile network testing forum

The 7th international Mobile Network Testing Forum (MNT Forum) at Rohde & Schwarz headquarters in Munich, Germany, attracted more telecom professionals than ever before: over 180 attendees from 33 countries took part in the unique bi-annual mobile network industry event made by experts for experts. The forum provided an ideal opportunity to discuss the most pressing topics in the cellular…

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Monitoring network performance is key to accessing 5G enterprise market

Service Quality Monitoring

Whilst the ITU and 3GPP may still be finalizing the 5G specifications and it is not yet clear there what the 5G network will actually look like, at least we know the 3 target use cases for 5G: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC), and massive machine type communications (mMTC). For operators, monitoring network performance in real…

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Democratizing network monitoring – independent performance reporting using service quality monitoring

Service quality monitoring

As services aimed at enterprise and industry verticals increase in number and diversity, growing importance is placed on the ability of those customers to verify that they are receiving the throughputs, latencies, coverage, and capacities they have paid for. Moreover, operators need to demonstrate they are delivering according to their service level agreements and have real-time awareness of network performance issues. A…

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How temperature affects system design: the basics (part 1 of 3)

system design

In system design, temperature is a crucial factor to be considered. It can affect signal integrity, user equipment, and ultimately user experience. Our systems have to work at -40°C (-40°F) for our customers in Canada and Russia as well as at +45°C (104°F) for our customers in Dubai. This wide temperature range of 85°C (144°F) is very demanding on any…

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What is the market for voice telephony in 2017?

voice telephony

In competition with messaging services and Facebook and Instagram timelines, is voice telephony at all relevant in 2017 and beyond? We believe: yes, absolutely! Telephony is still the most direct and most efficient way of telecommunication. Apart from being an auditory interaction, voice still transports much more emotion – and opportunity for clarification – than any emoticon ever could. Or,…

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Smart macro network enhancements: higher-order sectorization

Higher-order sectorization for optimized network capacity

The various macro network enhancements available today offer a cost-efficient and smart approach to increase the capacity in mobile networks. In the previous 3 parts of this series, we discussed the two hardware-related capacity-enhancing features carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO, and we covered antenna tilt optimization. The final part of this series looks at yet another antenna approach to optimize…

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