QoE Drive Testing

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  • Today, MNO's are primarily relying on user experience KPIs from drive testing to benchmark user QoE on their mobile network. Costs associated with drive testing are significantly high due to resources and leading drive test tools in the market which are quite expensive. A majority of solutions are not suitable for mass deployment to get a larger geographical footprint of mobile networks. Across the globe, operators and vendors are looking for cost-effective solutions to minimize reliance on leading RF drive test tools and strategize drive testing with a more cost-effective solution to reduce overall equipment and resources costing.

  • RantCell introduces an active RF tester app for 5G, 4G, 3G, 2G drive testing that is compatible with most of the Android smartphones and can be deployed in a single or hundreds of Android-based smartphones for mass drive testing to create crowd sourced QoE data.

  • Our app can trigger voice, ping, data, SMS, video streaming test, and measure all the key user experience KPIs along with RF drive test parameters measurement enriched with GPS data on the cellular network as shown below. Moreover, customers do not have to invest in post-processing RF optimization tools.

  • RantCell App is integrated with RantCell cloud-based server software to post-process thousands of test data and enable MNO’s, and vendors to perform drive test analysis and evaluate user QoE analysis (Quality of Experience) on their cellular network. Further, the platform can generate reports, for example, VoLTE KPI report.

  • Perform Single site verification (SSV) drive testing on 5G/4G/3G networks and to assess cell site performance for various QoE KPIs and generate automated reports from RantCell cloud.

  • Here is a video of SSV drive testing perform in the UK-

    Network 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G Drive Test Parameters (Non-Rooted) Rooted Device Parameters (Available on selected devices, please contact us for more information)
    2G GSM Drive Test Parameters Operator name, Data connectivity type (no data, GPRS & EDGE) MCC, MNC, CID, LAC, RSSI, GPS, Network type Reg status, RAT, Band, BCCH arfcn, Rx Lvl, TCH Rx Lvl, Rx W, NOM, RAC, Timing advance, Tx_Pwr, Freq Hopping Status, Voice codec (VC), RX SE (IN), RX SE (OUT), TX SE (IN), TX SE (OUT), RB(DL/UL).
    3G Drive Test Parameters Operator name, MCC, MNC, Data connectivity type (no data, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA and HSPA+), CID, LAC, RSCP/RSSI, PSC, RNC ID, APN (on some devices), Network type ARFCN, EC/IO, RSCP_CPICH, RAC, RRC, RSSI/TX, BAND, SIB19, RB(DL/UL), MAX RB (DL/UL)
    4G LTE Drive Test Parameters Operator name, MCC, MNC, Data connectivity type (no data, LTE), eNB ID, CID, RSRP, RSRQ, PCI, LCID, TAC, VoLTE Supported, APN (on some devices), Network type Band, BW, DL & UL frequency, MIMI Mode/MIMO RI, Serving Cell ID, SINR, RRC, Tx Pwr, Ant RSRP Diff, Scell RSRP diff, CA, SC_NUM (n), Band, BW, (Sn) DL, (Sn) TM, SINR, Voice code (VC), RX SE, TX SE (IN), TX SE (OUT), RB (DL/UL), Max RB (DL/UL)
    KPI's Measured CSSR, CSR, CDR, Highest UL&DL throughput, Lowest UL&DL throughput, Average UL&DL throughput, Peak UL&DL throughput, Call setup time, IRAT, CSFB and SRVCC KPI and Cell Availability and Network Availability KPI etc.

Download Sample RantCell drive test benchmarking report


Download Sample report for Drive test performed using RantCell iOS app


Advantages of RantCell solution over traditional drive testing

  • Active test crowd sourcing. Supports GSM test, 3G, 4G, 5G networks testing.

  • Real-time upload of QoE test data, no additional investment required to post-process the test data to visualize data and generate reports.

  • Not just rely on planned drive testing but also leverage on staff movements by automatically collecting data by deploying solutions on technical and non-technical staff smartphones who are constantly on move nationally. (Ex - sales team, BTS maintenance team, etc.)

  • Deploying on commuter vehicles for example taxis, or company logistical vehicles, etc. RantCell automated scripts collect QoE data 24/7 from drive’s devices or MNO installed smartphone on vehicles.

  • Remote network QoE, QoS data collection from customer device example LTE signal level, serving cell ID to troubleshoot network issues faced by customers.

  • Less data-intensive when compared to leading drive test tools.

  • Highly scalable solution small deployments to huge mass drive testing scenarios.

  • Supports location-based query, not just date and time. For e.g. to identify areas with 4G drive test.

  • Generate reports, for example, coverage map comparison between carriers.

  • Drive test engineers / RAN testing engineers can execute drive test by locking on to a specific cell, for example, 4G LTE cell in their test location and select the desired bandwidth such as LTE 40, LTE 25, and so on. Have a look at the procedure to unlock cell lock / band lock feature on your Android smartphone and test with RantCell solution.

  • Procedure for cell lock/band lock

Disadvantages of traditional drive testing

  • Requires hiring specialised drive testing resources and drive testing tools that are generally complex to setup.

  • Requires post-processing tool, investment needed on both post-processing tools and measurement software.

  • Location-based query is not supported in the majority of the RF optimisation tools.

  • Real-time upload of data is not supported.

  • A huge volume of data needs to be uploaded to post-processing tools. Further, lengthy steps need to be performed before reaching analysis phase.

Strategies of drive testing by mass deployment of RantCell App

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Rantcell sample drive test that shows network coverage