Tektronix enhances ability to deploy 4G LTE with confidence

Tektronix Communications, a worldwide provider of communications test and Network Intelligence solutions, announced new software enhancements to its Access Monitoring solutions, which help Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs) and mobile network operators quickly transition to  LTE by improving visibility and analysis of their mobile network.

The new features allow NEMs and mobile network operators to address the challenges that
arise in a live LTE network that they otherwise could not address with their current toolset given the flattened LTE architecture, such as:

Handover issues including Inter Radio Access Technology (IRAT) which mobile stations and NEM traces are unable to capture

eNodeB characterization and the integrity of eUTRAN SON algorithms

Benchmarking and advanced troubleshooting analysis for new LTE handsets

Interworking with 3G and legacy networks

Based on data collected from the K2Air probe, the Network and Service Analyzer (NSA), with its new software release, is specifically designed and enhanced to aid NEMs and mobile network operators in addressing these new challenges with toolsets to accelerate the LTE deployment from the labs to the field. Its advanced architecture gives true end-to-end visibility to RAN/RF Engineers through the Uu monitoring interface provided by the K2Air probe.
K2Air’s in-depth data collection feeds NSA to perform intelligent correlation and analysis to give NEMs and operators a wide variety of ways to address issues from monitoring multiple network sites to drilling down to particular handset and application issues. The NSA’s new features monitor control and user plane traffic distribution, core issues across multiple sites, eNodeB performance, and LTE handset performance.

“NEMs and operators are limited to the tools that they have to properly certify the transition to LTE networks and meet the pressures of time-to-market,” said Richard Kenedi, vice president, Test & Optimization, Tektronix Communications.
“The new NSA software release promises to automate troubleshooting workflows that ultimately affect the NEMs and RAN engineers’ ability to improve the time to problem resolution.  But what’s more important at this stage of LTE deployment is that we’re giving these departments a chance to become empowered with better information about their network quality so they can make the right decisions before going live with LTE,” Kenedi added.

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