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Mobile network testing

Get more value out of your network

Network and service performance are critical to achieving optimal quality of experience (QoE) and quality of service (QoS). But it is regular testing and continuous optimization that are the key to ensuring customer satisfaction and securing network investments.

Mobile network testing solutions from Rohde & Schwarz let you reconcile your current and future dilemmas. Our extensive and diverse product portfolio provides all the software, hardware and resources you need to deliver better services with higher quality for customers while enabling suppliers to increase the value of their networks and products.

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Network Performance Score (NPS)

The QoE-centric Network Performance Score (NPS) is a single metric that characterizes the overall network performance. The NPS compares the quality of mobile networks and visualizes the quality of experience (QoE) that the end users perceive when using common applications. This benchmarking approach covers all mobile networks in the tested area.

The NPS is integrated into the Smart platform and is the ideal point of reference for facilitating benchmarking and reducing the complexity of targeted improvements in network quality and performance.

Gaining QoE-centric intelligence in a mobile network with the Smart platform

Smart platform

QoE intelligence to maximize network quality and performance

In an increasingly complex and technology-driven market, mobile network operators are facing the challenges of reducing costs and increasing competitiveness. This, at a time when investments in infrastructure and resources are required to ensure the successful rollout of new services and technologies such as NB-IoT, LTE-M and 5G.

The Smart platform from Rohde & Schwarz returns control of investment costs to the mobile network operator; it unifies the industry’s most advanced testing solutions in an integrated, modular and flexible software and hardware platform.

Use cases in mobile network testing

Solutions to test the entire mobile network lifecycle

Operators, infrastructure vendors and their subcontractors, service providers and regulators are all facing conflicting and specific challenges in a competitive, fast-paced environment. Our solution portfolio addresses every test scenario in the network lifecycle and caters to every industry player’s specific and unique testing needs.

Rohde & Schwarz offers the answers to all questions around mobile network technologies

Expertise: Answers to your mobile network technology questions

Rapid technological advancements and the introduction of new technologies, such as IoT, 4×4 MIMO and soon 5G, keep operators on their toes. But infrastructure vendors, service providers and regulators are also hard-pressed to stay on top of developments and changes, including the industry’s latest testing techniques and expertise.

News from the mobile network testing world

Ericsson performs novel 5G coverage and performance verification using drone-powered solution from Rohde & Schwarz

September 17, 2019

Test and measurement specialist Rohde & Schwarz has supplied mobile network testing tools used in drone-based network coverage, performance and operation tests managed by Ericsson, a global leader in network infrastructure. The unique procedure enables unprecedented 3D accessibility, positional accuracy and repeatability of the testing.

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Register for our new webinar: Ensure successful 5G Site Testing and Acceptance

Register for our new webinar: Ensure successful 5G Site Testing and Acceptance

September 12, 2019

This webinar uses a real case study from the first pervasive 5G network in Europe to examine the importance of site acceptance testing, identify the various deployment scenarios and define an efficient methodology to test the associated KPIs to ensure delivery of QoE to the 5G end user.

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ETSI publishes TR 103 559 and acknowledges R&S NPS as best practice for QoS benchmark testing

September 9, 2019

The globally renowned European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published TR 103 559. Two years after rigorously discussing, defining, and drafting the document in the ETSI group STQ MOBILE, the experts approved and published the cutting-edge technical report unanimously that describes the best practices for robust network QoS benchmark testing and scoring. It is the result of intensive discussions among network operators, technology vendors, service providers, and measurement equipment manufacturers such as Rohde & Schwarz.

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Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing solutions are compatible now with commercially available 5G mobile phones

June 6, 2019

Operators wishing to test the quality and performance of 5G NR mobile networks using commercially available UEs including the Samsung S10 5G can do so now using Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing solutions such as the R&S®ROMES4 universal network measurement software or R&S®SmartBenchmarker network benchmarking software. This can be realized using a QualiPoc smartphone on its own or combined with a scanning receiver such as the TSMx or full walk test and drive test systems such as the Freerider 4 backpack or Benchmarker II.

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On-demand webinar: QoE intelligence

Mobile network optimization is becoming more complex with the densification of existing networks and the emergence of 5G. This webinar examines the new optimization landscape and describes how intelligent QoE analytics including Machine Learning can provide the basis for 5G NR optimization campaigns.

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New App Card: 5G NR – interference hunting in the uplink of TDD networks

May 2019

The communications uplink is more susceptible to interference than the downlink. In FDD networks, it is easy to concentrate on the frequency range allocated to the uplink and, either with a spectrum analyzer or a portable receiver, identify and locate the source of interference. In TDD networks, the downlink and the uplink use the same frequency, meaning that downlink signals mask the uplink and any other present signals.

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Rohde & Schwarz is the first provider of a complete end-to-end 5G NR network measurement solution

April 17, 2019

Test and measurement expert Rohde & Schwarz completes its commercial 5G NR network measurement solution. In combination with the new R&S TSME30DC downconverter, the R&S TSMx6 network scanner analyzes 5G NR signals up to 30 GHz, covering the majority of high frequency 5G NR use cases. Rounding out the solution are an updated version of the R&S ROMES4 drive test software and the R&S SmartAnalytics web-based software suite launched at MWC 2019.

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On-demand webinar: Prepare your 5G NR spectrum for deployment

February 2019

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • The particular demands of 5G NR
  • 5G spectrum clearance and interference hunting
  • Test equipment capabilities
  • Real field measurements results at FR1 and FR2

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R&S and Tutela integrate drive test and crowdsourced QoE test solution

February 26, 2019

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 R&S will be enhanced with crowdsourced network performance data and tools from Tutela, enabling mobile network operators to build a complete picture of end users’ QoE, benchmark their network against competitors, and prioritize network optimization investments.

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SmartAnalytics: Intelligent insights into mobile network QoE

February 22, 2019

With the rollout of technologies such as IoT and 5G, mobile network operators need to overcome the challenges of increasingly complex air interfaces and demanding use cases in order to deliver the required QoE to end users. The new SmartAnalytics software, part of the Smart platform from Rohde & Schwarz, combines high-quality data acquisition with intelligent postprocessing analytics to generate QoE-centric network insights. It allows operators to identify critical factors influencing quality and performance for the purposes of network optimization and benchmarking.

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MTN Group partners with R&S in multinational benchmarking project

February 14, 2019

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.

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On-demand webinar: 5G NR network deployment is now – let´s test

October 10, 2018

Network operators worldwide are executing pre-commercial network trials with the target to overcome the challenge of a more complex air interface and deliver the commercial and technical benefits offered by 5G. This webinar considers how to ensure efficient and predictable 5G NR roll out, identifies the technical fundamentals and defines a test approach to deliver the required network performance. Real 5G NR network measurement results of coverage and operation of beamforming from a pre-commercial field trial are shared.

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On-demand webinar: Ensuring NB-IoT coverage, operation and performance

June 26, 2018

Current LTE networks are optimized to deliver voice, video and data services that require high bandwidth, throughput and Quality of Service. Networks for IoT applications, however, bring a new set of demands on network performance that focus on maximizing availability and minimizing battery consumption.

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Rohde & Schwarz Mobile Network Testing Certified Partner Program

Partner program to address network challenges end-to-end

Testing and benchmarking of mobile networks has reached an unprecedented level of complexity. Considering the rapid technological advancements and continuous introduction of new technologies, network complexity is likely to continue to increase. To better address current and future network testing challenges, we launched an industry-unique partner program and teamed up with like-minded experts.

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