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Author: Arnd Sibila

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“I see myself as a technical consultant”, says Arnd Sibila, Technology Marketing Manager. With a master’s degree in electrical engineering and more than 25 years of experience in the wireless communication industry, he is passionate about sharing his expertise on all radio-related technology topics from 2G to 5G to the latest applications, for example, video streaming. Arnd thrives on engagement. Holding seminars, leading training sessions, or giving presentations, Arnd always finds himself deep in discussion with customers. He’s eager to understand their challenges and offer advice and solutions to get more value out of a network.

Network tests pave the way for smart factories

May 23, 20201 | by Arnd Sibila

5G has everything future smart factories need for wireless connectivity, but network tests are essential to make setting up and operating these networks easy and reliable.

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Smart factories: Network testing is essential to ensure quality and performance (part 2)

November 23, 2020 | by Arnd Sibila

Factory owners who have successfully applied for 5G spectrum dedicated to private or campus networks need to ensure that their mobile network’s critical KPIs are met, namely reliability and latency. This article discusses the different test phases to provide high-quality smart factory deployments while verifying and monitoring quality and performance.

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Smart factories: Mobile network characteristics and main KPIs (part 1)

September 17, 2020 | by Arnd Sibila

The 3GPP Release 16, heavily influenced by the automotive and connected industries, is expected to offer significant improvements in latency reduction, network synchronization, and 5G integration. Let’s examine how these developments will make 5G a suitable technology for fulfilling smart factory requirements and how testing network reliability meets factory owners’ operational and security needs.

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

January 17, 2019 | by Arnd Sibila

The Network Performance Score (NPS) is a QoE-centric score based on the harmonizing and integrative scoring methodology for end-to-end QoS benchmarking and scoring published by ETSI. The NPS integrates the main KPIs of the most popular services into a single score that describes network performance from a true end-user perspective.

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5G NR network rollout is now – let’s test! (part 4)

September 12, 2018 | by Arnd Sibila

The first 5G standard, specified in the 3GPP Release 15, contains a high degree of flexibility in radio parameters that complicates network measurements. We conducted measurements in pre-commercial 5G trial networks with our commercially available 5G NR network measurement solution and gained early insights into performance, capabilities, and frequency band.

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5G: First independent 5G test network benchmark study (part 3)

August 29, 2018 | by Arnd Sibila

US-based Signals Research Group (SRG) trusts the prototype measurement system designed by Rohde & Schwarz to meet the aggressive timeline of early 5G adopters. Learn about SRG’s findings in the first independent 5G test network benchmark study using the R&S®TSMA autonomous drive test scanner to collect valuable downlink performance metrics.

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5G: Initial 5GTF coverage measurements (part 2)

June 12, 2018 | by Arnd Sibila

The US operator Verizon Wireless trusts our 5GTF prototype measurement backpack solution to test signal quality and to measure the coverage of fixed wireless access (FWA) in the 28 GHz frequency band. Before 3GPP, Verizon Wireless and partners created a pre-5G specification called 5G Technical Forum (5GTF).

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5G: The role of mobile network testing on the path to 5G (part 1)

May 22, 2018 | by Arnd Sibila

Long before commercial services are available, everyone is talking about 5G, creating a buzz and setting high expectations in the new standard. What’s the role of mobile network testing on the path to 5G? How can scanner measurements help operators pave the way to the next generation of mobile networks?

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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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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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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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Smart macro network enhancements: 4×4 MIMO (part 2)

December 29, 2016 | by Arnd Sibila

The various macro network enhancements available today offer a cost-efficient and smart approach for capacity increase in mobile networks. In part 1 of this series, we provided an overview of the hardware-related capacity enhancing features and discussed carrier aggregation (CA). Now we will discuss higher-order MIMO antenna configurations, particularly 4×4 MIMO.

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