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Controlling RF Capital Expenditures

February 22, 2017

The advent of low cost operators and MVNOs in the past few years has put enormous pressure on Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to reassess their conventional capital expenditure strategies to provide enhanced network quality and retain constantly eroding margins for the best possible ROI. MNOs have reacted to this trend by adjusting their offer mix to maintain average revenue per user (ARPU) levels and their marketing efforts to optimize their cost basis. It has become all the more important now for MNOs to consider the cost optimization opportunities relating to daily “build and run” activities.


Mapping Social Media

February 4, 2017

The visualization of social media data provides insights into a highly mobile segment of the population. Knowing where people typically post and that the typical geotagged posts with GPS are from mobile devices provides insight into where MNOs need to have the best network to serve them.


SDR for Field Test Savings

January 28, 2017

Software Defined Radios (SDRs) allow operators and service providers to provide alternative equipment testing methods to the traditional heavy scanners and tests currently conducted in the field. SDRs open an opportunity to low-cost options of not just scanning predefined networks, but quickly finding competitor networks, bandwidths, and use configurations with open source stacks and crowd funded hardware.


Planning Wireless with Uber

January 21, 2017

The recent announcement by Uber to release anonymized data for over 2 billion trips to improve urban planning through the Uber Movement site could also improve what Uber relies on the most, wireless networks. The greatest challenge to mobile wireless network is simply mobility.


Social Media Reactions in Wireless Networks

January 14, 2017

With the mass adoption of social media, the consumer has found a new outlet of frustration beyond the call to customer service. Not only can they voice their complaints to any follower who notices, they may also voice their praise.


RFAssurance Gallery

April 3, 2016

RFAssurance supports wireless network operators and suppliers in daily tasks, information, project management, and process integration.


Consolidating Data Visualization

April 3, 2016

For wireless operators, enterprise solutions present a challenge for end user adoption. Multiple tools mean multiple interfaces. To get past this challenge, companies need purchase all tools from the same vendor and risk pricing pressures by them or look towards consolidated visualization platforms.


How Much Throughput is Enough?

October 6, 2015

With all the talk of 3G/4G/5G wireless networks and the speeds they provide, the question really comes down to how much speed is enough? With mobile network operators (MNOs) data caps limiting overall data utilized, faster speeds really just mean reaching the limit faster


Drones for Wireless – Safety & Efficiency

October 4, 2015

In any industry, there is continual progress made towards employee safety and overall process efficiency. Technological advances often help in achieving this goal. Unmanned small aircraft or drones could be considered one of these new tools for wireless network engineering and operations.


The Need for SRVCC in VoLTE

September 29, 2015

The use of Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) in early deployments of VoLTE networks is critical to maintaining the current customer expectations of the voice call experience. As LTE networks often lag earlier technology networks in coverage, software reliability and general network optimization, SRVCC is the vital gateway to transparently maintaining the customer experience.


Making the Most of RF Drivetest

September 28, 2015

RF Drivetest is the old backbone of wireless networks. As geolocation and other lower cost tools attempt to replace the drivetest, it may need to visit what type of drivetest and costs are being saved. Rather than focusing on the cost of drivetest, lets focus on how to get the most efficiency out of the drive data collected.


Work Within the Limits of LTE Geolocation

August 25, 2015

The idea and development of tools around wireless customers events and measurements is rapidly moving forward. Despite the fears of big brother watching, which any technology has the ability to be used for less than good means, geolocation data of subscribers has the ability to truly revolutionize how wireless operators do business.


Over the Top – VoIP

February 14, 2015

Wireless operators have become pipes. We still rely on many of the services they provide, but at the end of it, they all are internet pipes to a connected world.


WiFi Calling Key to Network Cost Savings

November 24, 2014

With greater than 70% of wireless network traffic being indoors, the potential of WiFi calling addresses the two main issues facing today’s wireless networks.


RF Design Through Milestones

October 31, 2014

RF Site Design services tend to come in two main forms; milestone and staffing.


Pooled Licensing – Efficient Tool Utilization

October 22, 2014

When an organization purchases a software/hardware tool, it most often purchases a license for the features associated. These licenses are the soft dollars that can eat into budgets and pop up unexpected expenses down the line if not understood completely.


Expanding Data Visualization

June 21, 2014

The ability to visualize large data sets has become more critical than ever. The term “Big Data” has organizations compiling larger and larger sets of data every day. Unfortunately, the data needs to be brought into use to extract the value within. This typically comes in the form of data visualization.


Re-Allocating Spectrum

April 25, 2014

Low band spectrum (400, 700, 800, 900MHz) provides clear improvement to network coverage over high band spectrum (1800, 1900, 2100, 2600MHz) for wireless networks. Low band spectrum can give twice the coverage radius of a high band site while at the same time providing 6-10dB improved signal strength at the same point.


Three Keys to Wireless Networks

March 8, 2014

Operators all over the world are scrambling to deploy wireless network upgrades for the support of VoLTE, LTE, and HSPA+. This comes at a high cost and time requirement for the simple fact that three main requirements are needed for any network upgrade.


Longterm Data Visualization for Wireless Networks

February 11, 2014

As an engineering organization acquires tools, they also acquire essentially screens. The more screens a user has, the more likely he isn’t going to utilize them.


Promoting Tools — You Already Own

January 10, 2014

Every organization needs to purchase tools. Typically a long drawn out process where a lot of people review, critique, and ask for changes, inclusions, and items to be removed. Now that you’ve got your shiny new tool you just need to figure out how to get everyone to use it.


The Engineering Cost of Tools

January 6, 2014

The wireless industry has embraced the need of tools for every aspect of an engineers job tasks. There is tool to run designs, visualize the customer issues, adjust parameters, recommend changes, and just about anything else an engineer my do.


What Makes a Good Map

December 27, 2013

The ability to present clear concise geographical information is critical to any business. The wireless business takes that a step further with success coming from know where the positive and negative impacts to the network occur.


Learning with YouTube

November 26, 2013

A recent study of wireless customer care satisfaction found that almost 1/5 of full time subscribers utilized YouTube to resolve a problem with their wireless service. Although the study didn’t answer if they resolved their issue through YouTube, it would point to higher generalization of consumers.


Cultivating Creative Engineering Solutions

November 22, 2013

Engineers are creative people in a different sense. Engineers require problems and outputs. From those two things, the creativity flows. In telecom two trends seem to continue in limiting this creativity.


Coverage and Influencing the Customer Experience

November 21, 2013

Engineering discussions tend to focus on how to improve the KPIs in the sense of network quality, reduce drops, improve accessibility, etc. Fixing coverage holes is always noted, but this tends to be fixing coverage the “right” way, which is typically the long term capital improvement. Long term network fixes come through large scale site build, low-band spectrum acquisition, improved hardware deployment, or alternative network types which is typically large capital expenditures


Acronyms – The Mid-Terms of Wireless

November 17, 2013

Those four letter words that distinguish the veterans from the rookies to every topic. Every organization in business has them, wireless would just seem to have more. If you don’t know the acronyms in wireless you are most likely already trying to play catch-up on the task at hand?

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