Herzlia, IsraelA usage-based network optimization tool promises to provide you with an accurate view of an entire network in near realtime. Schema, a provider of network optimization software, says it's rolling out its Mentor system, billed as the first wideband CDMA (code division multiple access), EV-DO (EVolution-Data Only), and UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) optimization tool based on actual network usage.
Is this product real? Well, I suppose that may depend on whether you're a paying qualified customer or not. As an editor I was unable to scare up any pricing or availability info on Mentor. Schema shuttled me from office to office, and failed to return my telephone calls. If that situation changes I will report it here in an updated posting. In any case, here's what the product is supposed to do.
Schema's Mentor targets network maintenance, troubleshooting, and optimization by analyzing real information generated by subscriber mobile handsets. It then delivers a comprehensive view of the network and service quality in near realtime. That lets you achieve and sustain peak network performance.
Partial Estimated Views?
Until now, the accuracy of 3G (third generation) wireless network optimization was limited, relying on predictions and simulated signal-strength propagations. Conventional network analyses include costly drive tests, walking tests, and lengthy data compilations. These typically yield cumbersome and cost-prohibitive results that only give a partial estimated view of a network.
In contrast, Mentor operators can see an accurate view of their entire network, including in-building traffic, using live data generated from subscriber handsets. This lets operators view revenue-yielding so-called hot spots, as well as areas of service degradation.
The Mentor system also proactively sustains network performance. As a result it can increase network MOU (Minutes Of Usage) and ARPU (Average Revenue Per User), reduce operational costs and capital expenditures, and increase user/customer satisfaction.
Mentor streamlines complex and time-consuming maintenance and troubleshooting processes by automatically providing answers to problems identified in a RAN (Radio Access Network). As subscribers move around the network and make use of their mobile handsets, mobiles are constantly engaged in complex interactions with the network that generate specialized QoS (quality of service) reports.
Schema's Mentor analyzes this information, and reports on network performance and service quality. Mentor then delivers recommendations to optimize RAN parameters such as antenna tilts, power, and neighbor lists. Network engineers can then implement these changes.
"Having a near realtime picture of the network, rather than a prediction or just a sample of the network, will help operators maximize network performance and customer experience," avows Schema VP of marketing Avshalom Ben-Zoor. "This streamlined process can let optimize their networks more frequently, yielding ongoing improved call quality, diminished dropped and blocked calls, and churn prevention."
For more details try contacting Schema Inc., 365 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park, New Jersey 07662. Phone: 201-556-3100. Fax: 201-556-9320.
Schema, 201-556-3100, www.schema.com