In today’s world, mobile phone users no longer support their dependability only on brands or prices, rather depend on their loyalty based on the Quality of Experience (QoE), and Quality of Service (QoS) - most importantly a level of satisfaction instead. Therefore, telecommunication players such as telecom operators are concentrating more on customer service as well as customer satisfaction, thereby providing their customers a seamless experience with excellent network connectivity.
It’s hard for any organization to break out from traditional methods and adopt to new methods. With the vision revolutionizes the network testing industry with its easy-to-use solutions, RantCell experienced tech team has developed the application with innovative and effective network testing capabilities, which has led to many of the leading Regulators, Operators, and Network solution providers opting RantCell as their preferred choice for their network testing needs.
Here are some of those top use cases commonly used by our customers across the globe.
If you are a mobile operator (carrier), MVNO, Telecom vendor, or Enterprise, multi-location RF testing always cause logistical challenges and cost. With RantCell, these challenges can be avoided by simply deploying the RantCell app to smartphones of staff or customers who are across multi countries or multiple locations within the same country who will be able to perform tests on a wide range of networks 4G/5G, Wi-Fi, etc., and test data centrally available for analysis.
The advantage of using such a tool is that it can be deployed anywhere and to anyone resulting in long-term cost savings and quicker analysis of QoE. This will help RF engineers to analyse the data without even visiting different-different locations and give them accurate solutions in terms of their 4G/5G coverage, network speed, capacity, etc.
Performing network testing through the traditional method is very time-consuming because it consists of a lengthy process to complete the test. This technique is a process of something mentioned below:
So, to save your time, RantCell is an excellent option to choose from. With such a tool, continuous tests can be performed, and as a result, users will be more productive, working whenever, wherever, and however, they need to. Get a look at the process given below to know about why the non-traditional method with RantCell is time-saving:
With RantCell, our customers are benefitted from a shorter process and therefore take a shorter time identifying network issues and RCA. Please find the RantCell process flow as below.
Some of the important features include-
Easy to install and convenient to use
With RantCell, data is uploaded in cloud
Professional test report can be generated by a single click
In recent years, we have seen an enormous increase of customers opting for the RantCell solution from small, medium and large-scale companies. This is mainly due to the app is economically priced, which helps them optimise their network testing budget and also facilitates companies to function efficiently by reducing their operational costs.
These are the main reasons why Regulators, Operators and other service providers are moving towards solutions such as RantCell, which fulfil their testing needs without having a major impact on their budget. We have seen increased adoptions from broadband providers who integrate networks for rural areas, IBS solutions providers, large enterprises with private networks, small cell or site infrastructure businesses, regulators and MNOs.
Satellite Internet is a type of internet service used to deliver broadband Internet services to hard-to-reach users in the under-served regions of the worldwide level. Satellite Internet service is the only viable option for places where internet infrastructure is underdeveloped and capable enough to deliver high-speed Internet access to those who are not able to access terrestrial links such as wired, fiber, and cable options as they live in rural parts of the globe. Satellite internet is a wireless connection spread across satellite dishes that beams data directly from your provider to a satellite in space and eventually to a satellite dish at your home or business - this is how it works.
The purpose of using satellite internet is to provide easy access to communication networks to the people who live in hard-to-reach geo-locations. Further, satellite internet service can be utilized in those places where various types of land-based internet (Terrestrial) connections like broadband, fiber optics, cable internet, etc., are not established; those areas with slow Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or unavailability of cable and fiber connections or have limited reach. Using Satellite Internet, people can access email, video streaming, establish communication to remote locations such as oil rigs, research units, visit social media platforms and connect to distance learning courses, and many more. In addition, some of the other pros include –
Some of the important features include-
Internet speed will not be affected during peak use times as satellite internet connections can carry high bandwidth usage.
Satellite internet does not require any terrestrial connectivity hence faster to set up.
Services could be availed on land or sea in any location on the globe.
Faster internet speed, low latency, and high throughput are must-have factors for satellite internet service. But the reality is satellite internet faces trouble with internet speed and latency.Some of the
satellite internet cons are as follows:
GEO satellites would always have high latency as they tend to be located at 26000km altitude, so the latency is dependent on the speed of light, which would approximate 650ms of delay for IP packets to travel back and forth.
LEO satellite providers will have low latency compared to GEO satellites. However, data throughput will be limited to the density of LEO satellites and capacity as beams of such satellites will cover a larger area.
Bad weather impacts the signal path of the satellite internet connection. For example- during rainstorms, and severe bad wind, users will experience poor quality internet.
Poor latency or high ping rate of satellite internet will affect users to send and receive files (not in a faster way) as the latency and ping rate is essential to test how long it takes to communicate between another computer, device, and server in a network. For example, for gamers who plan to use VoIP services, satellite internet is not good for them due to its poor latency, or a high ping rate.
Minor obstructions such as branches or buildings can affect the quality of your signal. For example, users who have taken a satellite internet connection will face major problems, especially if they live in areas covered with woods, metal interference, etc.
Satellite internet is quite expensive as compared to cable internet. For example, users will pay around $100 per month for speeds of 2 Mbps when they use satellite internet, an amount that is twice what cable internet users pay.
Despite all these drawbacks mentioned above, satellite internet is a fantastic option for users living in rural areas or other locations where the terrestrial network is not available. However, the only problem that matters is the quality of performance and stability of the satellite network.
In recent years there have been significant technological improvements in satellite-based broadband, and the number of providers is on the rise (for example, Starlink, OneWeb, etc). Many of the MNOs have been using satellites as backhaul for 4G base stations in locations where terrestrial links are not possible. By doing so, MNOs can not only increase their network coverage in rural or extremely hard-to-reach areas but also enables communities to use smartphones for their day-to-day life. Many of the current 4G base station manufacturers now support satellite-based transmission, however, 4G base stations need stable satellite links with minimum bandwidth and latency requirements across the clock to provide voice and data services.
The test setup shown above can be used to validate satellite network KPIs such as data speeds, latency, etc., for a longer period. Automation validation is possible with RantCell, as you can validate your network performance, quality assurance, and quality of experience (QoE), thereby gaining a histogram of data to compare and confirm if the solution is suitable for customer needs. It's also possible to validate 4G base stations' end-user performance by running automated voice and data tests.
Every business needs to have reliable network connectivity! Why does network connectivity important in business? Successful business collaboration is built due to robust network connectivity, whether it’s about effective communication with customers/employees or how quickly collaborate with one another (voice calls or business calls) and get services delivered. You can also network face-to-face at conferences and through industry associations.
Modern-day construction companies who are involved in building such as offices, manufacturing facilities, recreation centres, shopping malls, stadiums, etc., at the end of construction to have problems with wireless network connectivity issues such as mobile network will end up dissatisfied customers on those facilities. Therefore, every building needs to provide high-speed, reliable, and portable onsite internet 4G/5G coverage to their clients. For this, indoor testing solutions (every type of business building) during pre-construction and post-construction of the building should have conducted to provide an excellent wireless network connectivity experience to the customers.
Pre-construction survey: - A Pre-Construction Survey consists of a field review of the existing location of the building where construction activities are about to begin or are planned. The objective of the survey is to measure multi-operator mobile network coverage and user experience. – using this data RF engineers run the simulations reports of inbuilding coverage identifying if the network will be reliable. Some of the benefits are pre-construction survey benefits may also suggest whether indoor antenna or indoor RF solutions is required to use and facilitate with mobile friendly network or mobile signal. Recommendations on indoor antenna installations that might impact mobile network coverage. Also help strategies to choose the right mobile operator for their IoT needs, smart building solutions, for example, remote monitoring requirements, card payment machines, parking ticket machines, or EV charging stations where payment transactions are carried out.
Post-construction survey: - This survey is done once the building gets built or when a purpose-built indoor 4G/5G coverage solution is being installed and put into service. This survey is beneficial to know about the actual coverage of the indoors of the specified building and user experience. For example, if any clutter (obstacles that will impede a signal's path) hurdles the network connectivity within the building, the post-construction survey will help. Post-deployment surveys also are often called validation surveys. The purpose of the post-construction survey is to ensure the wireless network deployed that meets customer or client requirements in terms of mobile network user experience. This survey will identify if there are any further improvements could be made to the indoor mobile network.
Building owners of several businesses need indoor survey solutions to detect internet connectivity-related issues and provide an excellent wireless network connectivity experience to their tenants. Many of our clients are using the cost-effective RantCell solution to perform walk tests in commercial buildings such as office buildings, hospitals, shopping centres, factories, etc., to survey mobile networks.
Some of the important KPIs that RantCell use while doing indoor or walk test survey is RSRP KPI statistics, RSRQ KPI statistics, PCI KPI statistics, LTESNR KPI statistics, data speed (download speed test & upload speed test), voice calls, SMS test, ping (latency), dropped calls of 4G (LTE), 5G (NR), Wi-Fi and CDMA mobile network by performing repetitive speed test, SMS test, HTTP download test, etc.
Well-connected building facilities to benefit from improved productivity and happy tenants.
We live in a world of Wireless Communication that is part and parcel of our lives. People depend on wireless communication in their day-to-day life for several things like communication, doing business, online purchasing, social media, etc. Yes, the future is wireless! Wireless technology has been evolving from 2G to 3G to 4G to 5G, and it will continue to expand into the future - wireless communication has immense potential to change the way we live, work, and play over the next several decades.
For this reason, construction companies must have wireless communication technology included in their strategy to deliver their mobile-friendly smart building to their customers.
Communication networks play a crucial role in public emergency and disaster management – emergency communication network services are playing as a backbone in the prevention/mitigation of disasters/community emergencies (natural or human-caused). So, choosing an existing infrastructure 4G/5G wireless network with prioritized traffic is the best way to extend the coverage to provide solutions for emergency services.
Robust and high bandwidth network connectivity will benefit the first responders, such as police forces to contact the police control room, especially when handling a disaster, crimes, and other such offenses on a specific spot. For example, body cameras police are the best video streaming solution over 5G that will enable the police force presented in the control room to help those police personnel who are dealing with the emergency. With the help of a body camera, the police force from the control room will be able to assess the situation where the incident occurs so that they can send more police force or make better decisions to help their co-workers and control the situation.
High-speed emergency network communication will also enable first responders such as fire rescue to help manage and sustain response operations during a fire hazard. In any emergency and disaster (natural or human-made) environment, there is a chance that mobile network communications can become congested in disaster areas however, prioritized traffic will enable pre-emption of non-emergency traffic over mission-critical calls made by first responders. For example, drone-based cameras connected over 5G could be used in multistorey fire scenarios to extinguish the fire with more accuracy and reduced time.
Good network connectivity or maintaining a robust ambulance emergency network is a must in terms of real-time communication between driver and ER (emergency room). For example, ambulance personnel can share significant information about the patient with doctors who are waiting in the ER room for the arrival of the patient so that they can plan lifesaving medical procedures.
Mobile network-based Emergency Network requires operations and maintenance teams to maintain the network, usually done by the hosting operator, and any significant Service Outage requires immediate action. For telecom operators, successful network maintenance does not only include optimizing communication networks but also the people, processes, and systems that manage telecom networks.
What are the main activities done by the operator to maintain the network?
Maintenance of 4G base stations and transmission units : Regular maintenance, which includes field visits and battery checks, temperature checks, received power (TX), etc.
Drive testing to measure user experience : Regular drive test is carried out that measures user experience in high footfall areas in malls, roads, temples, and any public places. In addition, regular benchmarking is also carried out with respect to other operators.
Continuous coverage improvements : For coverage improvement, regular optimization and new site rollout is carried out continuously.
Radio network optimization – Existing sites are regularly optimized to serve the best possible area, and this optimization includes soft (parameter level) and hard optimization (done by field visit).
Rollout – If the existing infrastructure/site is unable to cover any particular location, then a new site is the solution - a green field site will be planned by the operator for this location.
RantCell crowd sourcing app that can be deployed on measuring devices used by first responders who collect significant amounts of information related to the quality of experience on the emergency network in terms of signal level, data bandwidth, and latency about location. This enables network owners to identify no coverage spots in urban and rural areas where network coverage needs to be improved. The crowd sourcing solution can help authorities to build their own map data about network availability at the state or national level. This will significantly remove the need for traditional drive testing considering responder units are constantly on the move 24/7.
The solution can also provide information if the mobile network coverage is reliable or poor or non-existent ahead of time before reaching the emergency spot. This enables the first responders to strategies the communication back to the control room, for example- video streaming might not be possible, however, the voice would still be available at the emergency spot.
Crowd sourcing would be more efficient and economical than using the traditional tools and investing in skilled manpower in the form of a drive test by an RF engineer to carry out these tests. In addition, crowd source solutions can help with various other use cases complaint handling by network users, proactive approach to improve the network, identify cities having worst experience, authorities, and network service providers to reduce the monitoring costs and efficiently identify their network issues and improve user experience.
Container logistic companies are among those industries that have joined the digital revolution with the help of automation, remote control, and connectivity with 4G/5G private networks. Connected applications are essential for container logistic companies in terms of delivering efficiencies, reducing costs, and improving profitability and safety. For this, they need better, more reliable data performance – choosing of 5G Private network with greater flexibility is the best solution for container logistic companies.
During the storage of containers (warehousing) and movement of containers, ports generally face network issues in terms of coverage and wireless propagation. Ports face communication issues during transportation/shipping services, supply chain solutions, and digital solutions. Therefore, high-speed network connectivity from the ports’ end is a must (proper functionality of tracking software) and requires good QoE and QoS to the end customers or devices.
Unstable uplink connection, for example, uninterrupted uplink connectivity required for video supplies which help remote control and automation. For the safety and security of ports or container logistic companies, CCTV cameras, and video analytics are playing a major role. So, this is the reason, ports require greater network connectivity to ease their logistics-related operations digitally and effectively.
Poor network capacity and performance of commercial cellular networks can affect external factors (nearby cruise ships) of container logistics.
Any network-related complaints coming from multiple locations by business users of the network take longer to resolve, specifically when QoE data is nonavailable.
So, to manage the complexity of wireless and identify connectivity-related issues in warehouses and terminals, port operators need network monitoring and testing tools, which can measure network coverage and QoE such as latency and data speed. RantCell is being strategically used by some of our customers to monitor multiple ports or terminals by logistic companies. 4G/5G coverage measurement for various sites of container logistic companies are available at their fingertips, which reduce the risk of business interruption and improve network performance.
1. Best/Worst User for each KPI : RantCell identifies such users with the worst experience in the network. For example, a top worst user in the network by the weakest signal level, or the top worst user in terms of high latency.
2.Best/Worst Location (Cluster) : Solutions to identify locations having the lowest coverage or no coverage at all within the private network clusters.
3. Best/Worst Users in a User-Defined Group (Scoring) : RantCell’s Internal scoring Mechanism is useful to score and identify Platinum users’ QoE. Ability to sort users based on scoring and example identification worst experience user with lowest scores.
4. Best/Worst Data Size : RantCell responds to the third-party system together with the Best/Worst devices based on data usage or locations where most data are being downloaded or uploaded.
5. Users not on a specific network : For example, the solution can provide details on how much percentage of the user was on the roaming network (ex-public network) and on the home network, which will be a private network. Or a list of users who are not on a private network.
6. Availability KPI : For each user’s network availability KPI on private networks, it’s also possible to get a percentage out of service for the last 24 hours or several days.
7. Busiest cell IDs (cell loading) : For cell Loading, identify a list of cells with the highest number of users.
8. User Experiencer per User (UUID) : RantCell can locate a single user’s QoE based on its UUID by responding to the third-party system with that UUID QoE KPIs like Latency, Throughput, Coverage, Quality, Technology, etc.
9. Indoor floor plan-based coverage : RantCell's Indoor Floor Plan Based Coverage Tests are helpful for those users who have multistorey buildings, as they can get results per Floor Plan basis.