Please contact:
David Williams
Global Director of Sales, Research
or via email at:
Testing of LTE Networks Vital as Network Growth Explodes
The phenomenal and continuing growth in mobile data consumption, driven largely by the exploding market of new smartphones, tablets, readers and other wireless devices, is stressing wireless networks like never before. The impact is being felt all the way from the radio access to the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). Elements within the network are now expected to handle increasingly complex procedures at performance levels unheard of just a few years ago. Meanwhile, networks are expected to continue delivering the high quality of service (QoS) that subscribers take for granted.

Any degradation in the quality of experience (QoE) or worse, failure in a live network can result in severe implications to the mobile network operator's (MNO) business and the network equipment manufacturer's reputation. The reality that the success of a network is only as good as how the network acts under live subscriber results is driving increased attention to Long Term Evolution (LTE) testing, measurement and service assurance solutions.

As LTE testing and measurement continues to prove out networks, leading operators will start providing tighter service-level agreements (SLAs) to enterprise customers over LTE networks. That will require a deeper level of monitoring usage and the ability to proactively troubleshoot failures. Meanwhile, the test and measurement industry must continue to focus on creating larger-scale testing solutions, especially in terms of user plane traffic analysis and high scale field portable tools to pinpoint faults.

End-users have come to expect seamless access to mobile services anytime and anywhere, as well as personalized interactions from service providers that are tailored to their unique preferences. As operators transition to LTE, delivering these types of experiences will grow in importance for mobile service providers that wish to stay competitive in today's mobile landscape.

Today's subscribers generate more data than ever, especially with the high rate of consumption enabled by LTE speeds. The key for operators to meet increasingly high expectations will be to extract relevant, actionable and immediate insights from this data that they can use to ensure seamless, high-quality end-user experiences and engage with subscribers in the ways they prefer.

Testing of LTE Networks Vital as Network Growth Explodes examines the LTE test and measurement market, analyzing the top testing categories of LTE test and measurement, as well as the strongest drivers in the market. The report discusses challenges and trends in the industry. It includes a comparative analysis of solutions available and examines the geographic landscape of the market expected over the next 18-24 months.
Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (mni0313_toc.pdf)
Not surprisingly, the strongest driver for the next two years for utilizing LTE test and measurement will be to lower costs, as shown in the following excerpt. The mobile network operator (MNO) business is rapidly devolving into a lowest-cost possible utility provider. MNOs must reduce their costs through automation by reducing their workforce and by significantly lowering repetitive mistakes. Cost also will remain a strong driver, as increased efficiency and constraints on "smart coverage" increase.
[click on the image above for the full excerpt]
Companies analyzed in this report include: Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A); Anritsu Corp.; Empirix Inc.; EXFO Inc. (Nasdaq: EXFO); JDS Uniphase Corp. (Nasdaq: JDSU); Keynote SIGOS, a division of Keynote Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: KEYN); National Instruments Corp. (Nasdaq: NATI); RootMetrics Inc.; Spirent Communications plc (LSE: SPT); and Syniverse Technologies LLC.
Total pages: 16
To view reports you will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader. If you do not have it, it can be obtained for free at the Adobe web site.