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Interference hunting: The real meaning of automatic direction finding

November 13, 2017 | by Yunuen Wagner

The need for interference hunting in mobile networks is steadily increasing. And field engineers often ask us which tool we would recommend in order to be successful in the field. With decades of expertise, what we can say for sure is that it depends: the right tool for successful field service operations depends on the source of interference. Sources are manifold, but with the most suitable tool, they are easy to locate.

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SmartBenchmarker’s reliable alarming interface for easier drive tests

September 14, 2017 | by Oliver Jonas

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. Discover SmartBenchmarker’s alarming interface in detail, learn what the alarming system must provide, and how its interface is tailored to each user role.

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NB-IoT: Field report with results from NB-IoT UE measurements (part 3)

September 4, 2017 | by Magnus Hylén

This field report describes key measurement results that we obtained by using NB-IoT user equipment (UE) as data collection tools. Read on and discover our findings from connecting pre-commercial NB-IoT modules and modems to the R&S®ROMES4 drive test software for network engineering and optimization.

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PIM testing: Best practices in a nutshell

August 3, 2017 | by Yunuen Wagner

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.

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NB-IoT: Scanners are a must for coverage measurements (part 2)

July 20, 2017 | by Manuel Mielke

In a previous article, we described typical use cases of the Internet of Things (IoT). We identified that networks for IoT applications would be optimized for the highest availability, particularly for applications under extreme receive conditions such as smart meters. Learn here how scanners help to master the coverage challenge.

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

June 22, 2017 | by Arnd Sibila

Use cases for the Internet of Things (IoT) are virtually unlimited, from smart homes and buildings to wearables and fabrics to healthcare and factories. Get an overview of the current technologies and IoT developments made by the 3GPP and learn why network coverage is a key concern in the IoT market.

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Monitoring network performance is key to accessing 5G enterprise market

June 8, 2017 | by Jeremy Carpenter

While the 5G specifications are still being finalized, it is clear that operators wanting to access the new industry verticals will significantly benefit from monitoring network performance carefully. Learn how the SmartMonitor management software manages multiple probes and schedule tests remotely, giving high-level feedback in real time.

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How temperature affects system design: The basics

May 11, 2017 | by Andreas Richard

Our network benchmarking systems have to work at -40°C for customers in Canada and +45°C for customers in Dubai. This temperature range of 85°C significantly impacts system design. Learn how temperature can affect signal integrity, user equipment, and user experience and discover our solution to overcome the temperature challenge.

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HetNets/small cells: Indoor deployments overview

March 16, 2017 | by Arnd Sibila

Discover how indoor deployments can help operators meet the exponentially growing data demands in mobile networks. In this overview, we will outline the indoor deployment process and deliberate the pros and cons of different types of indoor deployments, such as distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells.

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Proofing and optimizing a network’s readiness for video transmission

February 23, 2017 | by Jens Berger

Examine how applying a video quality measure helps mobile network operators to optimize their networks. Learn about the challenges that operators face when quantifying video services as consumed by subscribers and discover how operators can benefit from the results of a video quality measure, i.e., a video test.

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Smart macro network enhancements: Antenna tilt optimization (part 3)

January 19, 2017 | by Arnd Sibila

Antenna tilt optimization is a cost-efficient and smart approach to increase the capacity in mobile networks, especially in dense urban areas. Given the exponentially growing data demand and network densification, discover how operators can optimize their network in terms of coverage and capacity by adequately aligning their antennas.

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Identifying passive intermodulation

January 12, 2017 | by Yunuen Wagner

How does passive intermodulation differ from external interference? This article examines the differences and sheds some light on best practices that help field engineers to distinguish one from the other easily. As switching the site off is not always feasible, could the TX power be varied?

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