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Munich and London 26.02.2019

Rohde & Schwarz and Tutela integrate drive test and crowdsourced mobile network QoE test solution

A partnership agreement has been reached between Rohde & Schwarz and Tutela, the world’s largest mobile network crowdsourcing test company, to bring the most comprehensive insight into network performance and quality to the mobile industry. The existing benchmarking and optimization drive test solutions from Rohde & Schwarz will be enhanced with crowdsourced network performance data and tools from Tutela, enabling mobile network operators to build a complete picture of end users’ Quality of Experience (QoE), benchmark their network against competitors, and prioritize network optimization investments.

Mobile network operators are facing the challenge of truly understanding their subscribers’ QoE for voice, video, and data. This requirement will expand and become more critical with the emergence of 5G and IoT use cases. To gain deep insight into a network’s performance and quality, data gathered under precise, controlled conditions during drive tests can be supplemented with crowdsourced data collected by applications running on subscribers’ smartphones. After post-processing, the combined data creates a complete understanding of network performance and quality. This robust and insightful intelligence is the basis that helps operators understand their network, benchmark it against competitors, and identify and prioritize investment decisions.

A Memorandum of Understanding between Tutela and Rohde & Schwarz has been signed, providing Rohde & Schwarz with access to Tutela’s crowdsourced data and Tutela with access to Rohde & Schwarz NQDI database structure. As a consequence, Rohde & Schwarz customers will be able to supplement their field-based methods of network testing with Tutela’s global crowdsourced data. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz will be able to use Tutela’s data within its own test and measurement solutions. Tutela’s network collects over 30 billion mobile quality measurements every day, from more than 250 million devices around the world, more than any other crowdsourcing test company. This enables operators to confidently derive insights from a number of customer experience metrics including signal strength and quality, device usage, and download speed patterns.

Hanspeter Bobst, Vice President of Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing, said: “Tutela has emerged as the leader in crowdsourced mobile network testing and we are extremely pleased to partner with them to integrate its products into ours in order to offer customers the most comprehensive insight into end user QoE on the market.”

Hunter Macdonald, CEO at Tutela, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Rohde & Schwarz to broaden and extend the range of networking test and measurement tools available to our joint customers. Our crowdsourced data will complement the data collected through Rohde & Schwarz’s powerful field testing equipment and services to give customers the best of both worlds: 24x7 monitoring and benchmarking via crowdsourcing combined with the unparalleled depth and precision of field testing.”

Tutela tests mobile networks in a way that represents the day-to-day usage and experience of mobile users. The methodology and configuration simulate typical mobile user behaviour, such as accessing websites or downloading and sending images, rather than testing for maximum potential speeds under optimal test conditions.

Rohde & Schwarz presents its mobile network testing capabilities at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in hall 6, booth #6C51 from February 25 to 28, 2019. For more information about Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing, visit https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/mnt and https://blog.mobile-network-testing.com.

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.

Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative communications, information and security products for professional users. The group's test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security, networks and cybersecurity business fields address many different industry and government-sector market segments. On June 30, 2018, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 11,500 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 2 billion in the 2017/2018 fiscal year (July to June). The company has its headquarters in Munich, Germany. Internationally, it has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.


R&S® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG.

About Tutela

Tutela Technologies, Ltd., is a Canadian crowdsourced mobile data company with offices in Victoria, British Columbia, and London, England. Its location-based mobile insights help the telecoms and mobile industry improve network coverage, Quality of Service, and related investment decisions.


For more information, visit www.tutela.com.


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