10th June 2024

Benchmarking for the Future: Gaining the Competitive Edge in 4G and 5G Networks

In the dynamic landscape of 4G and 5G networks, staying ahead of the competition is paramount for mobile network operators (MNOs). The ability to compare and benchmark network performance not only provides invaluable insights into your own network's capabilities but also reveals where you stand in relation to your competitors. Well, this is where Metricell's innovative approach to network benchmarking and competitive insights comes into play, transforming data into actionable intelligence for MNOs.

The Competitive Landscape of 4G and 5G Networks

As MNOs strive to meet the ever-increasing demands for faster data speeds, lower latency, and more reliable service, the importance of understanding competitive network performance has never been greater. The deployment complexities and customer expectations surrounding 4G and 5G networks necessitate a comprehensive strategy for benchmarking that goes beyond traditional methods.

Unveiling Competitive Insights with Metricell

Metricell leverages our UE-based AutoMobile tools, coupled with RF Spectrum Analysers to provide a granular view of network performance, offering direct comparisons across all operational 4G and 5G bands. This not only helps in validating your network's build and configuration but also serves as a springboard for gaining instant and immediate insights into how your network compares with competitors. Through our detailed analysis, MNOs can identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement.

The cornerstone of Metricell’s benchmarking service is the ability to collect and analyse data across all key aspects of RAN performance. This includes signal coverage, capacity, utilisation, network resilience, and signal quality. By presenting this data through our cloud-based platforms, we offer MNOs a comprehensive overview of their competitive standing, enabling strategic decision-making to enhance network performance and customer satisfaction.

Leveraging PCTEL's RF Scanning Excellence

At the core of our benchmarking process lies PCTEL’s scanning receivers, which are instrumental in collecting high-quality RF measurements across multiple technologies and bands simultaneously. These wideband, software-defined radios offer a non-invasive, calibrated approach to capturing RF spectrum data, ensuring accuracy and reliability in measurement.

PCTEL scanners are designed for versatility, supporting data collection across all major wireless network bands and technologies, including 5G NR, LTE FDD, TD-LTE, LTE-LAA, NB-IOT, and WCDMA. This capability is crucial for MNOs aiming to benchmark their networks comprehensively across the myriad of frequencies and technologies deployed in modern RANs.

Best Practices in Technical Benchmarking

Successful network benchmarking in the 4G and 5G era requires adherence to a set of technical best practices, including:

  • Precision in Data Collection: Utilising calibrated, high-performance scanning receivers like PCTEL’s IBflex and Gflex for accurate RF measurements.
  • Comprehensive Technology Coverage: Benchmarking across all deployed technologies and frequency bands to ensure a holistic view of network performance.
  • Real-Time Data Analysis: Leveraging Metricell’s analytical tools for immediate insights into competitive performance metrics.
  • Continuous Benchmarking: Regularly updating benchmarking efforts to reflect the network changes and technology evolution.

Crafting a Winning Strategy with Metricell

In the competitive arena of 4G and 5G networks, MNOs equipped with detailed, real-time insights into their performance relative to competitors are better positioned to make informed decisions that enhance their service offerings. Metricell's sophisticated benchmarking solutions empower MNOs to not only understand their current standing but also to identify and implement strategies for improvement. As the telecommunications landscape continues to evolve, partnering with Metricell ensures that MNOs remain at the forefront of network excellence and customer satisfaction.

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