Wireless telecommunications is, in essence, the transfer of information from one point to another without physical attachment. Distances can range from very short, such as a television remote control, to as far as a satellite in space. An important element of ensuring that wireless telecommunications products work properly is telecom testing and service assurance.
All around the world, next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireless and wireline network operators and equipment manufacturers in the telecom industry allow for the development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP, fixed and mobile networks.
Depending on the network, different wireless telecommunications solutions require various elements. For example, in FTTx Access Networks that demand a high amount of bandwidth, FTTx/PON network testing is needed in order to power a reliable yet cost-effective solution. In DSL networks, where over-the-top (OTT) services require better quality video content, a copper plant is utilized, as it is currently the best option for the money. With copper/xDSL test solutions, users can improve the efficiency of technicians, increase visibility to identify potential problems before they occur and reduce the time it takes to complete these tests.
Additionally, metro/core networks undergo Carrier Ethernet testing which helps seamlessly integrate Ethernet-over-SONET/SDH or implement a connection-oriented Ethernet access link that offers users a network that is as easily maintained as SONET/SDH. Within 40G/100G networks, wireless telecommunications testing runs throughout all stages in order to troubleshoot issues in a short period of time. Network Equipment Manufacturers rely heavily on 100Gbit/s testing solutions to continue to enhance their allotted data capacity.
As more companies are continuing to go mobile, mobile network testing as well as mobile backhaul assessments are vital in managing overall service performance and increasing scalability to power newly added services. Furthermore, Mobile Backhaul Assessments help users leverage a variety of cell sites with a small amount of capital and time. Backhaul network infrastructures are constantly growing and network operators need a comprehensive and scalable testing and monitoring solution to gain real-time, end-to-end insight into service performance to fully manage service performance.
On the other hand, service assurance solutions such as Multplay Converged Service Assurance help improve the quality of services that both customers and end-users use on a daily basis. This wireless telecommunications solution can accurately monitor, test and assure any service at any point in a converged network through a single Web-based interface. Centralized Fiber Monitoring is also a crucial solution that helps significantly reduce support- and maintenance-related expenses. With this solution in place, repair teams can fix issues quicker and gain access to up-to-date health statuses for specific regions or the entire network.
As you can see, even if you have the best wireless telecommunication solution in place, without a testing or assurance strategy, your system will fail to provide all of the robust capabilities that are needed.
Edited by Jennifer Russell