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Combined engineering and benchmarking measurements add value

April 5, 2018 | by Andreas Sprachtholz

Different mobile network measurement tools target different measurement scenarios. One might target quality of experience (QoE) and quality of service (QoS), another RF conditions. By combining detailed scanner data and user equipment measurements and tests, users can easily exchange measurement data between the benchmarking, optimization, and engineering worlds.

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Measuring QoE of mobile data apps for network optimization (part 3)

March 19, 2018 | by Johanna Sochos

In previous posts, we explained how you can assess the QoE of data applications on smartphones by measuring the success rate and duration of a series of actions. Now, learn how mobile app testing supports operators in their endeavors to optimize networks for mobile data applications and other third-party content.

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Measuring QoE of mobile data applications: Behind the scenes (part 2)

March 1, 2018 | by Johanna Sochos

We explained how to measure the QoE of mobile data applications on smartphones using the success rate and duration of a series of actions. But what are the reasons for saturation at higher network speeds? And, what influences the measurement results of mobile applications such as Facebook and Dropbox?

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Measuring QoE of mobile data applications, e.g. Facebook (part 1)

February 22, 2018 | by Johanna Sochos

There is a myriad of smartphone applications available, covering almost any use case one can imagine. Network providers want to ensure that their mobile connection offers everyone a smooth usage experience, especially for the most popular apps such as Facebook. To do this, they need tests targeting mobile data applications.

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NB-IoT: How to test quality of service in NB-IoT networks (part 4)

December 28, 2017 | by Andreas Spachtholz

NB-IoT networks are designed for machine-to-machine communication, which generally requires low data rates. When building NB-IoT networks, it is essential to test the performance of new implementations to ensure the required network quality. Quality of service (QoS) tests are typically performed with NB-IoT modules that are controlled by software.

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SmartBenchmarker’s reliable alarming interface for easier drive tests

September 14, 2017 | by Oliver Jonas

A reliable alarming interface is crucial for drive testing, even more so when your network engineers control a large drive test fleet remotely from the office. Discover SmartBenchmarker’s alarming interface in detail, learn what the alarming system must provide, and how its interface is tailored to each user role.

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NB-IoT: Field report with results from NB-IoT UE measurements (part 3)

September 4, 2017 | by Magnus Hylén

This field report describes key measurement results that we obtained by using NB-IoT user equipment (UE) as data collection tools. Read on and discover our findings from connecting pre-commercial NB-IoT modules and modems to the R&S®ROMES4 drive test software for network engineering and optimization.

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PIM testing: Best practices in a nutshell

August 3, 2017 | by Yunuen Wagner

When it comes to PIM testing, the necessary steps to identify passive intermodulation (PIM) and locate its source are similar to interference hunting. In the end, PIM is an internal source of interference and can have a significant impact on network performance.

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NB-IoT: Scanners are a must for coverage measurements (part 2)

July 20, 2017 | by Manuel Mielke

In a previous article, we described typical use cases of the Internet of Things (IoT). We identified that networks for IoT applications would be optimized for the highest availability, particularly for applications under extreme receive conditions such as smart meters. Learn here how scanners help to master the coverage challenge.

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NB-IoT: Overview of Internet of Things with a focus on NB-IoT (part 1)

June 22, 2017 | by Arnd Sibila

Use cases for the Internet of Things (IoT) are virtually unlimited, from smart homes and buildings to wearables and fabrics to healthcare and factories. Get an overview of the current technologies and IoT developments made by the 3GPP and learn why network coverage is a key concern in the IoT market.

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Monitoring network performance is key to accessing 5G enterprise market

June 8, 2017 | by Jeremy Carpenter

While the 5G specifications are still being finalized, it is clear that operators wanting to access the new industry verticals will significantly benefit from monitoring network performance carefully. Learn how the SmartMonitor management software manages multiple probes and schedule tests remotely, giving high-level feedback in real time.

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How temperature affects system design: The basics

May 11, 2017 | by Andreas Richard

Our network benchmarking systems have to work at -40°C for customers in Canada and +45°C for customers in Dubai. This temperature range of 85°C significantly impacts system design. Learn how temperature can affect signal integrity, user equipment, and user experience and discover our solution to overcome the temperature challenge.

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