CERN puts complete trust in Rohde & Schwarz Mobile Network Testing solution
One of the most renowned research centers worldwide, the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN outside Geneva, Switzerland, relies on the mobile network testing technology from Rohde & Schwarz: with QualiPoc Remote Control measurement probes, CERN monitors its mobile network and consequently ensures that some 6000 employees are reachable by mobile phone 24/7 – both below and above the ground.
Munich and Zuchwich, June 7, 2016 — At an average depth of some 100 meters and covering an area of more than 50 kilometers of tunnels and caverns, CERN operates the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. There, it hosts the most powerful particle accelerator ring, the so-called Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The circular tunnel system with a circumference of
27 kilometers is among Europe’s most widespread underground areas with complete mobile network coverage.
To ensure mobile telephony and data services for all CERN employees in these facilities, a stable and reliable network is imperative. Comprising several surface radio base stations and 46 underground repeater sites, the specifically designed network supports 2G/3G/4G technologies. To monitor realtime service quality (QoS and QoE) in line with Service Level Agreements (SLAs), CERN selected the QualiPoc Remote Control measurement solution from SwissQual AG, a Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary with headquarters in Zuchwil, Switzerland.
CERN evaluated the SwissQual measurement solution based on comprehensive technical specifications. “QualiPoc Remote Control meets our requirements and offers the most flexible and cost-effective solution”, says Frédéric Chapron, Head of Communication Services at CERN. Also, the smartphone-based network probe fulfills the stringent criteria regarding compactness, reliability and energy consumption. QualiPoc Remote Control can be fully remotely controlled, allowing remote configuration, data analysis and reporting.
SwissQual deployed network-wide 60 measurement probes to continuously measure multiple RF parameters (including KPIs, signaling, layer 3) and run scheduled QoS and QoE tests to verify SLAs and monitor communication services. Reported to a central server, a fully featured backend application processes the data and provides a realtime overview of the network.
With the successful deployment of this challenging large-scale monitoring system below and above the ground, Rohde & Schwarz Mobile Network Testing guarantees that network problems at CERN are immediately detected and can be acted upon before QoS and QoE are affected. By winning the competitive call for tender, Rohde & Schwarz again demonstrates its technological leadership in the development of highly reliable and accurate measurement systems for mobile network testing.
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The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications, radiomonitoring and radiolocation.
Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. The electronics group is among the world market leaders in its established business fields. On June 30, 2015, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9900 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.83 billion in the
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Mobile network testing in brief
Rohde & Schwarz is a leading global supplier of mobile network testing solutions. The company’s extensive and diverse product portfolio provides sophisticated, cost-effective test solutions for mobile operators, infrastructure vendors, testing service providers, installation companies and government regulators. The products address every test scenario in the network lifecycle – from base station installation to network acceptance and network benchmarking; from optimization and troubleshooting to interference hunting and spectrum analysis; from IP application awareness to QoS and QoE of voice, data, video and app-based services.
Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing solutions provide all the hardware, software and resources that the mobile networking industry needs to efficiently deliver better services with higher quality for customers while enabling suppliers to increase the value of their networks and products.
For further reading, please find the CERN case study “Large-scale, 24/7 mobile quality monitoring and service level verification” at http://www.swissqual.com/en/expertise/technical-publications/case-studies/