Network Benchmarking

Network Benchmarking

Exceeding the standards

Network benchmarking evolution featuring Benchmarker 3

Our network benchmarking solution lets customers around the world reduce complexity, minimize risk and increase efficiency when improving mobile network performance. To master the ever-increasing challenges posed by technological innovation as well as the cost, time and competitive pressures, we proudly introduce our next generation network benchmarking solution: for deeper insights, getting more from collected data and higher productivity.

Gain more value from your data, maximize your network performance and exceed your own and customer standards.

Benchmarking: from efficient data collection to machine-learning assisted insights

Gain insights to outperform

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Our holistic benchmarking solution generates deep QoE and automated network insights, offers machine-learning assisted identification and prioritization of critical factors that degrade QoE, reveals how their network performance compares with competition, and minimizes complexity as part of systematic network performance optimization.

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Use quality products for optimum results

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Since the advent of cellular technology, R&S has been a pioneer and recognized market leader in RF and QoE test solutions. We are now introducing the next generation: Benchmarker 3. Designed and manufactured by Rohde & Schwarz experts for easy handling, reliable operation and accurate data.

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Reduce OPEX through automation

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Our new, smart end-to-end campaign automation management feature substantially increases operational efficiency, orchestrates data collection, fleet management and post processing. It does this all while automating background tasks along the entire workflow, from data base and file management to report generation and distribution.

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Gain more value from your data

Video: Gain more value from your data

We enhanced our high performant analytics suite with new features for more efficient management of big data and the multiple databases that result from continuous benchmarking campaigns. And we are introducing special data structures for long-term and historical trend analysis to gain more value from your data.

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A holistic, modular and future-proof solution

Benchmarking solution overview

Our next generation network benchmarking solution is a modular set of specialized products that can be tailored to individual needs for flexible, future-proof and multi-use case configurations and even provides backwards compatibility. The holistic solution helps reduce complexity and increase efficiency along the entire workflow to systematically assess and improve mobile network quality and performance.

For more information download our poster “Benchmarking & Optimization”.

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Benchmarking solution overview

Benchmarking process

Network benchmarking campaigns use highly structured processes. Rohde & Schwarz provides specialized equipment for all phases of network benchmarking campaigns and supports the ETSI* TR 103 559 harmonized methodology (Network Performance Score).

*European Telecommunications Standards Institute

For more information download our white paper “How to dimension a mobile network benchmarking campaign”.

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Benchmarking process

Data collection

We offer a modular, reliable and future-proof set of data collection hardware for all network benchmarking use cases, from large scale drive tests to walk tests and indoor measurement campaigns.

  • SmartBenchmarker is the web based software with customizable workspaces and an intuitive GUI that can be used to configure local campaigns.
  • Benchmarker 3 is the next generation drive-test hardware platform that replaces Benchmarker II. All Benchmarker 3 components are fully backwards compatible.
  • Freerider 4 is the portable hardware in a backpack for walk and drive test-based benchmarking.

For more information about our products visit our dedicated product pages

Modular range of hardware for data collection
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Modular range of hardware for data collection

Benchmarker 3

Benchmarker 3 is the next generation hardware for large-scale drive test-based network benchmarking campaigns. The compact, light-weight and energy-efficient hardware is designed for easy handling, reliable operation as well as uniform and stable measurement conditions. Benchmarker 3 supports up-to 12 QualiPoc probes and up-to 2 R&S®TSME6 RF scanners.

Benchmarker 3 including 12 QualiPocs, R&S®TSME6 RF scanner
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Benchmarker 3 including 12 QualiPocs, R&S®TSME6 RF scanner

Data analytics

SmartAnalytics is our powerful analytics suite for deep network insights. Starting with high-level overview or test case specific dashboards, SmartAnalytics offers direct drill-down features that ranges from the application layer down to layer 1 and individual test samples. The deep dive statistical analysis helps identify the root cause of network problems in a few clicks. SmartAnalytics also provides automated insights and machine-learning assistance for test cases that fully exploit terabytes of data.

SmartAnalytics software suite
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SmartAnalytics software suite

Campaign automation

New smart end-to-end campaign automation management increases operational efficiency and simplifies recurring manual tasks allow the benchmarking system to automate multiple background tasks during measurement campaigns, such as:

  • Orchestration of data collection, fleet management and post processing
  • Measurement file management and data transfer
  • Report generation and distribution
  • Alarming and notification via SMS, e-mail
  • Data storage and database administration
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Smart campaign automation

Harmonized test methodologies

Our network benchmarking solution supports the ETSI*( TR 103 559) harmonized network scoring methodology for fully transparent, independent and technology-agnostic QoE network quality and performance assessments.

The integrative scoring methodology reduces complexity by consolidating KPIs for the most popular mobile network end-user services (e.g. voice call, data transfer, video etc.) into a single score, called Network Performance Score (NPS) in R&S solutions. This score can also be used to systematically identify critical factors that have the greatest negative impact on QoE and compare them with the competition. The NPS methodology forms the basis for systematic network performance improvements.

*European Telecommunications Standards Institute

For more information visit our dedicated landing page “Network Performance Score”

Network performance score methodology based on ETSI
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Network performance score methodology based on ETSI

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The benchmarking value chain from the customer perspective

Our holistic network benchmarking solution systematically assesses and compares mobile network quality and performance and generates actionable insights.

Download our poster and learn more about the detailed process and our solution portfolio.

Products for network benchmarking

Benchmarker 3

Benchmarker 3

Hardware for drive test based benchmarking

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SmartBenchmarker - Software for controlling drive and walk test benchmarking campaigns

SmartBenchmarker

Software for controlling drive and walk test benchmarking campaigns

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SmartAnalytics - Software suite for QoE data analytics

SmartAnalytics

Software suite for QoE data analytics

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R&S®Freerider 4 Backpack

R&S®Freerider 4 Backpack

State-of-the art portable test solution

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SmartMonitor

SmartMonitor

Real-time service quality monitoring

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Expertise in quality benchmarking

Tech talk: Is crowdsourcing killing mobile network benchmarking?

Tech talk: Is crowdsourcing killing mobile network benchmarking?

In this 30 minutes tech talk you can follow a debate of two experts about the pros and cons of crowdsourcing and mobile network testing in order to evaluate the quality of experience of mobile networks.

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Tech talk: Use of a radio communication tester for MNT prototyping

Tech talk: Use of a radio communication tester for MNT prototyping

This 30 minutes tech talk discloses insights (not to say "secrets") about how Rohde & Schwarz develops new test methods and solutions for Mobile Network Testing.

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Network benchmarking

Video: Network benchmarking – Gain QoE-centric insights on your own and your competitor’s networks

Watch and learn how our integrated network benchmarking solution supports you along the process from campaign planning, to efficient data collection and actionable insights.

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Webinar: Exceeding standards – reduce costs and gain deeper mobile network QoE insights

Webinar: Exceeding standards – reduce costs and gain deeper mobile network QoE insights

Watch this webinar to learn more about the end-to-end process for network benchmarking, long-term and historical trend analysis, smart end-to-end campaign automation and the new end-to-end solution and benchmarking platform Benchmarker3.

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Maximize network quality with harmonized test methods

Video: Maximize network quality with harmonized test methods

Watch our video for an overview on our complete range of solutions for measuring the quality and performance of public and private networks.

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White paper: How to dimension a mobile network benchmarking campaign

White paper: How to dimension a mobile network benchmarking campaign

Learn how to dimension Network Performance Score (NPS) centric benchmarking measurement activities according to the methodology published by ETSI in TR 103 559.

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Webinar: Four phases of the holistic 5G network optimization

Webinar: Four phases of the holistic 5G network optimization

Join this webinar to learn about the four phases of the holistic 5G network optimization approach with solutions from Rohde & Schwarz.

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Appcard: Crowdsourcing versus mobile network testing

Appcard: Crowdsourcing versus mobile network testing

This application card describes the structure of the crowdsourcing space and analyzes the pros and cons of both approaches.

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Poster: Maximize network quality by harmonized test methods

Poster: Maximize network quality by harmonized test methods

This poster visualizes how we calculate a single QoE-centric score in order to characterize the status of a mobile network in a region or at country-wide level.

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Poster: Mobile network benchmarking and optimization

Poster: Mobile network benchmarking and optimization

This poster guides you through the complete benchmarking and optimization process from planning and data acquisition to validation, analysis and implementation of network improvements.

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Webinar: Apples to apples benchmarking of 5G networks.

Webinar: Apples to Apples Benchmarking of 5G Networks

Join us in this webinar to learn about network benchmarking theories with solutions from Rohde & Schwarz.

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Webinar: Fundamental learnings from benchmarking 5G networks

Webinar: Fundamental learnings from benchmarking 5G networks

This webinar describes an approach to overcome 5G benchmarking challenges and uses real measurements from benchmarking first commercial deployments of 5G to analyze a network’s true performance and measure its ability to support current and future use cases.

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Test solution guide to maximize network quality & performance

Solution guide: mobile network testing

Discover the right test solution for your needs – maximize network quality and performance.

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First results from benchmarking commercial 5G networks

Video: First results from benchmarking commercial 5G networks

How is the process of benchmarking mobile networks different for 5G and what is the reality of QoE delivered to subscribers from initial commercial deployments? Learn more in this video.

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Network Performance Score (NPS)

Network Performance Score (NPS)

The QoE centric Network Performance Score (NPS) is a single metric that characterizes the overall network performance. The NPS compares the quality of mobile networks and visualizes the quality of experience (QoE) that the end users perceive when using common applications. This benchmarking approach covers all mobile networks in the tested area. The NPS is integrated into the Smart platform and is the ideal point of reference for facilitating benchmarking and reducing the complexity of targeted improvements in network quality and performance.

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Insights into the QoE of social media applications on smartphones - white paper

White paper: Insights into the QoE of social media applications on smartphones

This white paper analyzes the social media data category that covers all services where data is transferred between a client device and a server.

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Device integration: detective work for MNT solutions

Device integration: detective work for MNT solutions

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?

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Webinar: voice quality

Why voice quality is still a differentiator in today's mobile networks

This webinar examines the significance of voice in today’s mobile networks and looks at the importance of an integrated metric that quantifies voice quality from an end-user perspective.

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Webinar: Are you really taking care of QoE in your mobile network?

Webinar: Are you really taking care of QoE in your mobile network?

This webinar examines the role of drive testing and benchmarking to provide the reliable end-user insight needed for intelligent network investment decisions.

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Smart alarming interface for drive tests blog post

Smart alarming interface for drive tests

A reliable alarming interface is crucial for drive testing, even more so when your network engineers control a large drive test fleet remotely from the office, for example when benchmarking mobile networks with SmartBenchmarker. What the alarming system must provide and how it is used varies with each user role.

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Indipendant public benchmarking campaign by NETCHECK

Mobile operators in the public eye

Public benchmarking of network operators and service providers has a long history in Germany. Independent service companies are in charge of measuring, analyzing and rating all mobile network operators. The results of these independent test campaigns and rankings are published in renowned technical journals, heavily influencing customers in choosing an operator or changing a subscription plan. Download the case study "Independent measurement campaigns. Mobile operators in the public eye".

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Poland's first independant drive test campaign

Poland's first independent drive test campaign

In 2015, for the first time ever, the Polish Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) issued an independent benchmarking campaign to measure the performance of each of the four key mobile network operators in a fair and transparent way. The telecommunications service provider Systemics-PAB – a certified partner of Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing – won the competitive call for tenders and conducted the nationwide drive tests to analyze voice and data services. Download the case study "Benchmarker II takes off into the Polish telecommunications market".

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Benchmarking in the New York subway

Large‑scale QoS/QoE testing in the New York subway

With 1.7 billion passengers annually, New York City's subway system is one of the busiest in the world. By 2018, every station in the system will feature access to wireless communications and Wi‑Fi. Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. (GWS), an independent wireless communications benchmarking specialist, uses the portable Freerider multichannel backpack solution from Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing to periodically check the network coverage quality achieved to date. Download the case study "Large-scale QoS/QoE testing in the New York subway with the Freerider".

Further content

Benchmarker 3

Press release: R&S launches Benchmarker 3 to drive network benchmarking evolution

Rohde & Schwarz, global market leader in network benchmarking, introduces its next generation benchmarking solution.

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Network Performance Score

Network Performance Score

ETSI harmonized network scoring methodology for fully transparent, independent and technology-agnostic QoE network quality and performance assessments.

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Network Analytics Services

Network Analytics Services

Our experts from the network analytics services team offer mobile network benchmarking and new technology testing services on a global scale.

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