October 27, 2011. JDSU has announced that its drive-test solution now offers wireless carriers an LTE network analysis tool accessible through an Android smartphone. The application simplifies LTE RF service verification and troubleshooting while reducing network management costs.
Smartphones that are enabled with JDSU’s LTE RF optimization application allow engineers to perform real-life test scenarios as LTE networks are being trialed and established. Engineers can collect, record, playback, and transfer data from network trouble spots discovered while in the field to the operations center for further analysis and resolution. The JDSU smartphone application gives wireless carriers a new, simpler and more cost-effective way to gather critical network performance data needed to ensure a quality end user experience.
The application automates and yields data reflecting performance of voice calls, file transfer uploads, downloads, and browsing. Data is geo-located using the phone’s global positioning system or a Bluetooth device.
“JDSU is innovating with new ways to quickly, easily, and cost-effectively extract and analyze network data that is critical to delivering a quality wireless service experience,” said Jerry Gentile, senior vice president in JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement business segment. “This application is an example of our ability to design test solutions with enhanced communications capabilities that can read and analyze data sent from a smart device.”
The proliferation of thousands of smartphones and the ability to send and receive data to and from any device has dramatically changed consumer communications patterns, straining networks and introducing new complexities. Wireless carriers now have the advantage to replicate these issues on the same type of device their customers use, enabling them to measure the real end-user experience and deploy a more competitive LTE network.
The JDSU E6474A Drive Test platform is a flexible, customizable, and scalable solution for the optimization of wireless networks and data services. In addition to data collection from mobile devices, the platform also includes an RF receiver that can simultaneously measure and troubleshoot network RF coverage and service delivery across all existing 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies. JDSU’s RF optimization smartphone tool can seamlessly integrate with the drive-test platform and provide network operators a complete test collection and analysis solution.