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By | January 17, 2019 | 444 views
 

Network Performance Score: initiate improvements with a QoE-centric score

There are various scores, as in scoring methods, claiming to measure the performance of mobile networks on the market. Some scores are based on plain technical metrics, others on quality of experience (QoE) measurements or surveys. Which score should a mobile network operator (MNO) choose? The one providing the highest score? The cheapest one? The one based on technical scores…

 
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By | April 5, 2018 | 1,340 views
 

Combined engineering and benchmarking measurements add value

Different mobile network measurement tools target different measurement scenarios. One might be the preferred choice for collecting mass data for benchmarking; another might offer extensive possibilities for engineering and troubleshooting. Do we always know how the collected measurement data is being evaluated when we are performing the actual measurement? Most probably not. But wouldn’t it be great if we could…

 
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By | March 19, 2018 | 1,461 views
 

Measuring QoE of mobile data apps for network optimization (part 3 of 3)

How can mobile app testing support network optimization? In previous posts, we explained how you could assess the QoE of data applications on smartphones by measuring the success rate and duration of a series of actions. Based on large-scale real field measurement data, we showed how the duration saturates at higher available network speeds and examined the causes of this…

 
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By | December 11, 2017 | 1,422 views
 

HetNets/Small cells: verifying indoor deployments (part 4 of 4)

HetNets and small cell indoor deployments are an effective means to deal with the exponentially increasing data consumption in mobile networks. After the careful planning and actual installation of a new small cell network, it’s time to verify the commissioned indoor deployments and ensure quality of experience (QoE). Both are best achieved with a commercially available smartphone, designed for reliable…

 
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By | April 20, 2017 | 1,413 views
 

Smart macro network enhancements: higher-order sectorization

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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By | March 23, 2017 | 1,585 views
 

HetNets/Small cells: reliable small cell planning (part 2 of 4)

Reliable planning of small cells is essential for important and critical deployments. Consider hospitals, manufacturing facilities or VIP (CxO) office floors and meeting rooms (the list of examples is endless). Successful and cost-effective planning, and with it small cell deployments, require planning tools that ensure highest reliability and accuracy. This, however, is not always the case as floor plans might…

 
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By | March 16, 2017 | 1,773 views
 

HetNets/Small cells: indoor deployments overview (part 1 of 4)

The series “HetNets/Small cells” explains how indoor deployments help operators meet the exponentially growing data demands in mobile networks in the coming years. In this overview, we’ll deliberate the pros and cons of different types of indoor deployments, such as distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells, and outline the indoor deployment process as the basis of the series’ next…

 
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By | February 23, 2017 | 2,119 views
 

Proofing and optimizing a network’s readiness for video transmission

In previous entries of this blog series about the challenges of mobile video services, we discussed video quality as a perceived metric, how it can be measured, and how quality measuring algorithms work. To conclude the series, this post focuses on how to apply a video quality measure to quantify video services as consumed by subscribers. What are the challenges…

 
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By | December 29, 2016 | 13,230 views
 

Smart macro network enhancements: 4×4 MIMO

The various macro network enhancements available today offer a cost-efficient and smart approach for capacity increase in mobile networks. In the first part of this series, we provided an overview of the hardware-related capacity enhancing features and discussed carrier aggregation in detail. The second part of this series discusses higher order MIMO antenna configurations, particularly 4×4 MIMO. The potential of…

 
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