VIAVI introduces 3D geolocation for 5G networks

23rd June 2020
Alex Lynn

Viavi Solutions has announced that it has expanded its NITRO Mobile assurance portfolio with two new solutions – GEOperformance 5G and Coverage Assurance 5G. The two solutions give operators a 3D geolocation view of 5G coverage and subscriber experience, allowing them to transform 5G RAN planning and performance engineering.

Combined, they allow the mobile operator to move from a position of managing and assuring without visibility to one where comprehensive visibility allows them to attract new vertical markets and drive new revenue streams.

GEOperformance 5G gives a 3D view of 5G NR (New Radio) measurements, as well as 2G, 3G and 4G measurements, allowing mobile operators to plan, assure and optimise multi-technology networks as they build out their 5G networks. The user interface allows engineers to view tables and 3D maps showing radio frequency KPIs such as signal strength and interference, based on actual geolocated measurements.

These maps and tables can be analysed and filtered to identify problem areas such as areas of high drop call rates. An automated problem detection functionality also rapidly guides engineers to areas of the network that do not meet defined KPI thresholds.

Coverage Assurance 5G delivers a subscriber-centric view of 5G Quality of Experience, combined with automated workflows designed to improve the subscriber experience. The solution also details how services and applications are experiencing the 5G network to improve performance from every facet. Both solutions are powered by the Network Integrated Test, Real-time analytics and Optimisation (NITRO) intelligence platform.

“A 2D view is not going to cut it in 5G network assurance,” said Steve Urvik, Vice President and General Manager, Visibility, Intelligence and Analytics, VIAVI. “In urban areas, which are the first locations to gain 5G, a 2D representation of 5G coverage in a multi-floor office building will be virtually meaningless. Operators wouldn’t be able to intelligently optimise subscriber experience based on that and it certainly wouldn’t be granular enough for them to exploit new commercial 5G and IoT opportunities.”

“Operators need more than just 5G troubleshooting, though that’s important too,” added Stephane Teral, Chief Analyst, LightCounting. “They need to build in-roads to new vertical markets. If operators are to convince verticals of their value as a partner, a real-world view of coverage and the experience of the network has to be a fundamental starting point.”

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