Efficient interference handling will be essential to optimizing customer experience as network connections grow exponentially
Milpitas, Calif., August 23, 2016 – VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced the availability of InterferenceAdvisor™, an automated interference hunting solution which can dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to locate mobile network interference sources. What typically could take several days or weeks can now take just hours.
As mobile communications proliferate, increasingly crowded airwaves lead to radio signal interference that adversely affects customer experience, and trying to identify interference sources is like finding a needle in a haystack. Technology evolution, including network densification and the Internet of Things, will exponentially grow the number of network connections, further exacerbating the problem. VIAVI developed InterferenceAdvisor to enable mobile network operators to anticipate and respond to these challenges, helping to optimize customer experience while managing cost.
InterferenceAdvisor, a fully automated interference location solution with directions and navigation, offers one of the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) among leading competitors. It features a light-weight, portable Omni antenna; an automated interference area indication and navigation guide; voice prompts to direct the cell technician to the suspected interference location; full spectrum control; and display for detailed interference signal monitoring – all managed from a Wi-Fi enabled Android tablet. It also includes built-in accessories to minimize the cabling requirement.
“As networks become denser, interference will increase,” commented Monica Paolini, President and Founder, Senza Fili Consulting. “Densification is fundamental for service providers to support traffic loads in high-density locations such as shopping centers, transport hubs and other public areas. In many cases, service providers use small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) that share spectrum channels with macro cells. In these environments, interference may negatively impact the customer experience unless operators move to mitigate interference aggressively.”
InterferenceAdvisor is easy to set up and allows one engineer to quickly and easily locate interference sources, even in an urban environment. The limited resource requirement, reduced time, and minimal training all contribute to the low TCO.
“By our estimates, seventy-one per cent of mobile network operators now have a regular problem with interference,” said Kevin Oliver, VIAVI’s Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments and Virtual Test. “Mobile users near the interference source experience degraded call success rates, increased dropped calls, decreased battery life, poor voice quality, and reduced data throughput. We’re pleased to offer the industry a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for detecting, locating, and eliminating these sources of RF interference.”
About VIAVI Solutions
VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions to communications service providers, enterprises and their ecosystems, supported by a worldwide channel community including VIAVI Velocity Solution Partners. We deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks, enabling customers to optimize connectivity, quality of experience and profitability. VIAVI is also a leader in high performance thin film optical coatings, providing light management solutions to anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, automotive, defense and instrumentation markets. Learn more about VIAVI at www.viavisolutions.com. Follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.