The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) says it has selected mobile network testing solutions from test and measurement giant Rohde & Schwarz to assess and benchmark the performance, coverage and capacity of the country's mobile network operators.
With the goal of improving the quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for end users, the test equipment allows BTRC officials to follow an internationally standardized and fully transparent process based on guidelines from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
A huge increase in network traffic and demand has impacted the QoS and QoE of some service providers in Bangladesh. To keep subscribers satisfied and encourage network operators to invest in their infrastructure, the BTRC has initiated a campaign to transparently benchmark and assess operator performance.
BTRC has selected Rohde & Schwarz for the installation, commissioning and supply of the mobile network benchmarking system. The contract includes modular Benchmarker II systems to be set up in vehicles and R&S Freerider 4 backpacks for in-field data collection. In addition, the SmartMonitor solution supports remote data collection management and visualization, while SmartAnalytics provides deep data analytics and reporting based on the QoE-centric network performance score (NPS).
Rohde & Schwarz developed the NPS concept, a methodology ratified by ETSI and documented in ETSI TR (technical report) 103 559 to characterize the overall network performance for a defined key performance indicator (KPI).