SwissQual: The International Standard for Mobile Network Benchmarking and Quality
Solothurn, 8 May 2012
Swiss-based SwissQual AG (www.swissqual.com) is today recognized as the foremost provider of mobile network benchmarking solutions, systems used around the world to safeguard the quality of service received by mobile subscribers.
SwissQual’s high precision test equipment, which is designed and manufactured in Switzerland, is now used in over 100 countries, helping to monitor the performance and quality of mobile radio networks. SwissQual’s solutions are regarded as the de facto standard for mobile network benchmarking, and the company saw 24% underlying growth in 2011.
Both mobile network operators and telecoms regulators use SwissQual’s precision network benchmarking measurement equipment to make sure their wireless networks are delivering the services expected and demanded by mobile subscribers. SwissQual is able to mimic the behavior of subscribers by using real handsets to generate test calls across all local networks in a synchronized way, allowing a direct comparison of one network with another.
With hundreds of network benchmarking installations in countries as diverse as Germany, Italy, France, USA, Japan, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam, SwissQual has broad experience to compare local network performance to results seen around the world, and give guidance on network strengths and weaknesses.
One recent example is within the United Arab Emirates. Since 2009 SwissQual mobile network benchmarking equipment has been regularly entrusted by the UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) to measure and monitor mobile network quality across the UAE. These units, known as Benchmarkers, simulate real user experience, and are installed in special drive testing vehicles that cover more than 10,000 kilometers each year.
This extensive program has helped ensure that the UAE’s mobile voice and data services are developing at the rapid pace expected when operating licenses were granted, and in turn has confirmed that mobile services provided to UAE subscribers and visitors match or exceed international standards.
By ensuring network services match advanced international standards, countries like the UAE are able to confirm they have a modern communications infrastructure for businesses and visitors, helping local enterprises to be more competitive while also attracting foreign investors and even tourists. Such programmes allow the airwaves to be exploited in a carefully controlled and considered manner, using the latest technical developments to monitor progress and compliance.
SwissQual is also at the forefront of wireless network benchmarking technology. In addition to helping design standards recommended by the ITU, the world’s foremost telecoms authority, the company also recently released a new, advanced generation of equipment – the Benchmarker PCM i7 – designed to test the very latest 4G mobile network standard, LTE.
The company is currently delivering dozens of these new 4G mobile network benchmarking systems to some of the world’s most advanced markets, to measure and monitor the progress of LTE networks, and expects continued growth after a strong start in the first quarter of 2012. More details are available at www.swissqual.com.