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Munich1월 29, 2023

Rohde & Schwarz launches Benchmarker 3 to drive network benchmarking evolution

The end-user quality of experience (QoE) for a mobile network is one the main factors influencing customer churn and has a direct impact on the business of mobile network operators (MNOs). Rohde & Schwarz, global market leader in network benchmarking, introduces its next generation benchmarking solution which allows MNOs to master increasing challenges from technological innovation as well as cost, time and competitive pressures. The new solution reduces complexity and helps MNOs make decisions about systematic and end-user centric network improvements.

New Benchmarker 3 in drive test scenario, ensuring uniform and stable test conditions. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)
New Benchmarker 3 in drive test scenario, ensuring uniform and stable test conditions. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)

Driven by overall technological evolution in telecommunications, the entire mobile network ecosystem is becoming more and more dynamic and complex for MNOs. Versatile network technologies up-to 5G, infrastructure and new architecture like Open RAN co-exist, and the ongoing deployment of private networks adds more complexity. Today’s relevant mobile network information and data can be obsolete tomorrow. Therefore, it is essential for MNOs to efficiently collect and process data in a very short time to maximize benefits. To this end, Rohde & Schwarz is launching the next generation benchmarking solution, featuring the Benchmarker 3 data collection platform and a set of unique features that will allow MNOs to reduce complexity and costs while gaining more value out of their collected data.

High data quality for reliable results

Since the beginnings of cellular technology, Rohde & Schwarz has been a pioneer and market leader for RF and QoE-centric testing solutions. Now, the company is introducing Benchmarker 3, the third generation of its own benchmarking hardware and the technological core of the data collection equipment. Rohde & Schwarz experts designed and manufactured the new hardware, bringing together decades of expertise in hardware product engineering and in-house production, close collaboration with customers and extensive experience from multi-national network benchmarking projects. Benchmarker 3 offers a reduced footprint for easier installation and fewer computing components for the same number of measurement devices making it easier to configure and maintain. New airflow management enables temperature control also for devices that tend to overheat when handling high 5G data throughput. The modular concept enables an easy expansion that can be applied to new installations as well as existing Benchmarker II systems.

All these factors are combined in the new Benchmarker 3 and ensure uniform, stable conditions and highly reliable operations during large-scale network benchmarking measurement campaigns. In summary, the data collection platform has higher performance, a more compact design, is lighter, consumes less power and is fully backward compatible with the components of its forerunner Benchmarker II.

Smart campaign automation to reduce OPEX

To reduce operational expenses (OPEX) and simplify tiresome recurring tasks, Rohde & Schwarz offers cloud-based configurations as well as a set of state-of-the-art features to remotely control and monitor the test system. Along with the launch of Benchmarker 3, Rohde & Schwarz is introducing new smart end-to-end campaign automation management that automates multiple background tasks for the entire workflow of a network benchmarking measurement campaign and orchestrates data collection, fleet management and post processing.

More value from data in shorter time

Extracting fast and relevant insights from the collected data is key, especially since more dynamic and versatile network environments require shorter reaction times. In order to address this, Rohde & Schwarz has enhanced its proven SmartAnalytics suite with new features, including the generation of automated insights and reports, more efficient management of big data from continuous benchmarking campaigns combined with new special data structures for long-term and historical trend analysis as well as smart end-to-end campaign automation. In combination with machine learning assisted test use cases, SmartAnalytics now has higher performance and can extract more value out of collected data in shorter time than ever before.

Harmonized test methodology reduces complexity

Rohde & Schwarz network benchmarking solutions support the ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) harmonized test methodology documented in TR 103 559. The integrative scoring methodology substantially reduces complexity since it indicates the network performance based on terabytes of aggregated data in a single performance score per operator. Moreover, SmartAnalytics offers a seamless direct drill down feature that navigates in a few clicks from the high-level view to the application view and down to lower layers, including the physical network layer. Users can retrieve single test samples from terabytes of data, identify root-causes of failed test samples and understand how these impact QoE.

The Rohde & Schwarz network benchmarking solutions empower mobile network operators and regulatory authorities across the globe to transparently and systematically assess and increase the quality and performance of mobile networks, in order to enhance the perceived quality for end-users. Rohde & Schwarz is showcasing its next generation network benchmarking solution, including the new Benchmarker 3, at MWC2023 in Barcelona (booth 5A80) from February 27 to March 2, 2023. For further information on mobile network benchmarking solutions, visit: www.rohde-schwarz.com/mnt/network-benchmarking

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Christian Mokry
PR Manager Test & measurement
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press@rohde-schwarz.com

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Mobile network testing

Rohde & Schwarz is a leading global supplier of standalone products, integrated solutions and network analytics services for testing and improving the quality of mobile networks along the entire network lifecycle – from lab verification, spectral clearance, interference hunting and base station installation to site acceptance, benchmarking, optimization, troubleshooting and monitoring. The comprehensive portfolio supports all technologies up to 5G, and addresses all test and measurement scenarios from RF to end-user quality of experience (QoE). The innovative solutions allow users to accurately collect data and to gain machine learning-assisted deep insights into the QoE delivered to end users. Solutions from Rohde & Schwarz empower top-tier mobile network industry players to make QoE-centric business decisions with confidence, to deliver better services with higher quality for end users, to reduce time to market for new technologies and services and to secure and increase the value of their business.

Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is striving for a safer and connected world with its Test & Measurement, Technology Systems and Networks & Cybersecurity Divisions. For 90 years, the global technology group has pushed technical boundaries with developments in cutting-edge technologies. The company's leading-edge products and solutions empower industrial, regulatory and government customers to attain technological and digital sovereignty. The privately owned, Munich based company can act independently, long-term and sustainably. Rohde & Schwarz generated net revenue of EUR 2.78 billion in the 2022/2023 fiscal year (July to June). On June 30, 2023, Rohde & Schwarz had around 13,800 employees worldwide.


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