Smart macro network enhancements: carrier aggregation
The popularity of app services among smartphone users poses a serious challenge to mobile operators: data consumption is soaring; and with an expected 10-fold increase in the next 5 years, investments to merely transfer the sheer amount of data are inevitable. So, how can network operators best address these increasing network capacity and performance demands? Carrier aggregation is one option….Read More
VoLTE is real, VoLTE is now – the latest measurement results
In early 2015, the first operators enabled Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for their customers in Europe. This requires LTE coverage, a VoLTE-capable phone and – at least in the first months – a dedicated subscription. Today, LTE coverage is widely available and state-of-the-art devices support VoLTE natively. Now is the time to answer some questions: Does VoLTE improve telephony for…Read More
Challenges of mobile video services for network operators
Mobile video services by far demand the biggest chunk of data in today’s mobile networks. According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast 2016, by 2020, video services will account for 75% of all data consumption. The performance of video services has a large influence on customer satisfaction. For the mobile network operator, the decision to deliver higher or…Read More
Webinar report: mobile video quality testing
Video is ubiquitous. The performance of video services in mobile networks is fundamental to customer satisfaction and quality of experience. Video quality testing in mobile networks is challenging; but with the right tools and measurement approaches, it proves highly successful. Today, there is a general tendency towards higher resolutions. This is in line with increasing transport capacities of networks, high-resolution…Read More
Cut costs and save time benchmarking at remote locations
Say, you’re a field engineer working for a service provider or mobile network operator, and you’ve just been assigned to conduct an ad hoc drive test campaign to analyze voice and data services. The location of the networks to be verified and benchmarked, however, requires you to take a plane and rent a car locally. In most cases, a costly…Read More
Collected information is only as good as its assessment and management
When it comes to operational efficiency, a mobile network testing system’s management and usability are equally important as its reliability and accuracy. Say, for example, when monitoring and optimizing network performance and service quality. A continuous stream of the most accurate data is imperative. But the collected information is only as good as its assessment and management. A smart monitoring…Read More
The world’s first 5G NR network measurement solution
Rohde & Schwarz is pioneering 5G New Radio (5G NR) network measurements with the world’s first commercially available 5G NR network measurement solution. This solution enables users in the 5G network ecosystem as well as regulators to measure the 5G NR network coverage accurately – one of the biggest challenges in network planning. more...
Introducing SmartBenchmarker – Benchmarking tests made easier
In the fast-paced and highly competitive world of mobile network operators and service providers, performing regular benchmarking tests is an essential and future-proof investment. To make smart decisions about future expansions and deployments, reliable and reproducible network performance data is essential. With SmartBenchmarker, you can perform accurate and advanced benchmarking tests that not only are in line with the latest... more...