LTE field testing is undergoing a major shift as network traffic moves indoors and as analytics plays an ever-greater role. - Kelly Hill, RCR Wireless Editor
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) November 18, 2014
As mobile networks become more heterogeneous in order to support ever-increasing indoor and outdoor capacity needs, testing must take into consideration operators' infrastructure choices. In advanced wireless networks, that can include LTE macro sites, indoor or outdoor small cells, and distributed antenna systems (iDAS or oDAS) to suit the capacity and cost needs of the network at a particular site.
This latest report, 'LTE, DAS and Small Cell Field Testing Best Practices,' gives a general overview of the means and methods of testing these network technologies; major issues and challenges, including PIM; and special considerations that should be taken into account for each technology and indoor and outdoor implementations. The report also examines some of the major market drivers behind operators' infrastructure choices, an update on infrastructure spending and deployment, plus trends in the latest testing equipment. Featuring interviews with AT&T, JDSU, EXFO, Rohde & Schwarz, Ericsson, Nokia Networks, Accedian Networks, and more.
- An update on carrier infrastructure spending and network updates that are driving field testing
- Challenges and trends in field testing needs and equipment
- Latest developments shaping the available offerings in the market
- Bonus: Supplier guide for field testing services
- Kelly Hill, Technology Reporter, RCR Wireless News
- Emanuele Procaccioli, Senior Manager, Networks & Communications, Accenture
- Bruno Giguère, Senior Advisor, CTO Office, EXFO
- Paul Gowans, Mobile Marketing Lead, JDSU
- Scott Sumner, Vice President of Solution Development, Accedian Networks
“LTE field testing is undergoing a major shift as network traffic moves indoors and as analytics plays an ever-greater role,” said RCR Wireless News Technology Reporter Kelly Hill. “We’re seeing more walk testing for DAS and small cells, more cloud-connected field testing equipment, and more reliance on network analytics to both inform and direct traditional field testing.”
RCR garnered insight from experts across the industry, from network equipment and antenna vendors to carriers and field testing equipment manufacturers. One of the biggest challenges for field testing is how to manage the increased scale and cost as small cells start to be deployed. Mergers and acquisitions in the testing space reflect the fact that mobile operators and vendors hope to ultimately rely less on field testing and more on actionable intelligence coming from the network for site assessment, acceptance and trouble-shooting.
“You really have to try to infer as much as you can from the network itself,” said Scott Sumner, VP of solution development for Accedian.
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