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Munich 23-Nov-2020

Rohde & Schwarz enables Optus to deliver optimal 5G quality of experience with mobile network testing solution

Optus has chosen to continue their mobile network benchmarking efforts with test equipment from Rohde & Schwarz. Through a competitive tender, Rohde & Schwarz has been selected by Optus to replace the existing 4G systems and to provide multiple 5G mobile benchmarking systems. These will measure end-to-end performance of mobile networks, in voice, video and data modes as well as for signal coverage. These measurements will enable continuous improvement by Optus to the quality of experience seen by their subscribers.

R&S Freerider 4 backpack mobile network testing with smartphones and scanners. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)
R&S Freerider 4 backpack mobile network testing with smartphones and scanners. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)

Rohde & Schwarz (Australia) will provide Optus, one of the major network operators in Australia, with multiple backpack mounted test solutions suitable for mobile network testing. Testing measures the real user’s experience by using smartphones for handling voice, video and data to validate the network performance and coverage. To enable Optus to optimize the performance of their 5G mobile network, Rohde & Schwarz will deliver:

  • R&S Freerider 4 backpack test systems that contain up to 12 smartphones and 4 scanners, which provide simultaneous benchmarking of multiple networks.
  • QualiPoc Android, a smartphone-based network optimizer, which provides service quality tests for voice, data, video streaming and Apps such as Facebook.
  • R&S TSMA6 autonomous mobile network scanner with an integrated high-performance PC, which measures the RF network coverage.
  • Smart Analytics software, which delivers deep insights into the network performance. It uses machine-learning methodology to predict requirements for network configuration and support.

Managing Director of Rohde & Schwarz Australia, Gareth Evans, said: “Rohde & Schwarz is once again at the forefront of technology innovation with this Optus contract, which reflects our global RF expertise and the recognized quality of our 5G mobile network testing solutions.

5G will change the way Australians communicate. Rohde & Schwarz is ready for the next generation of mobile networks that will support enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communications (mMTC) and ultra-reliable, low latency communications (URLLC).

“5G NR test and measurement challenges motivate us to provide innovative test solutions. We support the entire mobile network lifecycle for performing measurements in the lab, in production and in the field,” said Gareth.

For further information on mobile network testing solutions from Rohde & Schwarz, go to:

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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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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.

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