UQ Communications taps Spirent’s Landslide CORE

Spirent Communications
UQ Communications will utilize Spirent Communications’ Landslide CORE for use in the live and redundant network of the mobile broadband service provider.

The usage will aid the network in providing real-time network performance and optimization across all service nodes belonging to the UQ network, claims the company.

With current testing, monitoring and troubleshooting networks needing real-time analysis and resultant course of action, the UQ can now analyze, and fine-tune evolving networks and is flexible to accommodate the varying user patterns.

Landslide CORE claims to benefit the UQ team by assuring functioning without error from an end user Quality of Experience (QoE) point of view.

Previously, alarms triggered from network nodes displayed the status of the nodes. This led to confusion on the user traffic scenario based on the status of the alarms alone.

When an emulated cell fails to setup a connection or data traffic is not accesibel using Landslide CORE, the same gets clearly highlighted, allowing prompt corrective real-time response. Hence, the end users come across reduced network downtime, improving the Quality of Service/Experience.

“Spirent Landslide tests the performance and scalability of all points of the Live and Lab wireless network, and the mobile core network, enabling authentication and handover scenarios to be verified, as well as providing quality of experience metrics like network availability, call setup time, call drops and voice quality for network testing,” said Toshikazu Yokai, UQ Communications Director of Technology Division.

Landslide CORE gathers and tabulates information which is then sent to the UQ operator screens where all network components are displayed. Faulty components are indicated in red making error identification and trouble-shooting convenient.

Spirent said the technology comes with almost immediate assurance that the corrective action will be performed successfully.

The cycle of operation and checks cost less time owing to the attribute of a greater part of the network being monitored. Hence the work results are more accurate and timely, reduce concern for network issues caused by operational or configuration errors.

Vina Krishnan