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Munich 14.02.2019

MTN Group partners with Rohde & Schwarz in multinational mobile network benchmarking project

Commissioned by the MTN Group , Rohde & Schwarz has completed the first phase of a comprehensive mobile network benchmarking campaign across 62 mobile network operators in 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East. By entering this partnership with the MTN Group, Rohde & Schwarz underpins its leading role as a supplier of mobile network testing solutions and strengthens its position as a trusted partner for the provision of services, technology and logistics for large-scale measurement campaigns.

Rohde & Schwarz has completed a comprehensive mobile network benchmarking campaign in 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
Rohde & Schwarz has completed a comprehensive mobile network benchmarking campaign in 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

In spring 2018, Rohde & Schwarz was selected by the South Africa-based mobile telecommunications company MTN Group as the partner for a multinational benchmarking project extending over three years and 17 countries. Rohde & Schwarz is supplying all the measurement equipment, technology, testing expertise, analytics services and logistics for the project. In December 2018, the consolidated results of the first phase, based on the Rohde & Schwarz Network Performance Score (NPS), were reported to the management of the MTN Group. The NPS is a single QoE-centric metric, which characterizes the performance and quality of a network and enables operators to identify strategic areas for investment. It has been approved in draft form by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and is integrated into the Smart portfolio of mobile network testing solutions from Rohde & Schwarz.

MTN Group Network Executive, Navindran Naidoo commented, “The quality of experience delivered to our customers is very important to MTN; and the first phase of the benchmarking project with Rohde & Schwarz has provided MTN with insights into the quality and competitive position of our networks across our markets. We look forward to phase two of the project and using the Network Performance Score as the basis to deliver optimal QoE to our subscribers.”

Vice President of Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing Hanspeter Bobst stated, “We are very pleased to be partnering with a leading multinational operator such as MTN and use our expert knowledge of the execution of large-scale benchmarking campaigns and data analytics. This provides MTN with QoE-centric intelligence and visibility of critical factors influencing network quality and performance. The success of the project further validates the capabilities of our end-to-end Smart solution platform as well as the effectiveness of the NPS scoring methodology.”

Rohde & Schwarz will start the second phase of the project in early 2019 to validate the network improvements identified in phase one. Rohde & Schwarz will also present the integrated Smart solution platform at Mobile World Congress.

For more information about Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing, visit https:www.rohde-schwarz.com/mnt and https://blog.mobile-network-testing.com.

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Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security and networks and cybersecurity. The technology group's innovative communications, information and security products help industry and government customers ensure a safer and connected world. On June 30, 2019, Rohde & Schwarz had about 12,100 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.14 billion in the 2018/2019 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.


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Mobile network testing in brief

Rohde & Schwarz is a leading global supplier of mobile network testing solutions. The company’s extensive and diverse product portfolio provides sophisticated, cost-effective test solutions for mobile operators, infrastructure vendors, testing service providers, installation companies and government regulators. The products address every test scenario in the network lifecycle – from base station installation to network acceptance and network benchmarking; from optimization and troubleshooting to interference hunting and spectrum analysis; from IP application awareness to QoS and QoE of voice, data, video, and app-based services.


Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing solutions provide all the hardware, software and resources that the mobile networking industry needs to efficiently deliver better services with higher quality for customers while enabling suppliers to increase the value of their networks and products.

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