Rohde & Schwarz launches Benchmarker 3 to drive network benchmarking evolution

The end-user quality of experience (QoE) for a mobile network is one the main factors influencing customer churn and has a direct impact on the business of mobile network operators (MNOs). Rohde & Schwarz, global market leader in network benchmarking, introduces its next generation benchmarking solution which allows MNOs to master increasing
challenges from technological innovation as well as cost, time and competitive pressures. The new solution reduces
complexity and helps MNOs make decisions about systematic and end-user centric network improvements. Driven by overall technological evolution in telecommunications, the entire mobile network ecosystem is becoming more and more dynamic and complex for MNOs.

Versatile network technologies up-to 5G, infrastructure and new architecture like Open RAN co-exist, and the ongoing deployment of private networks adds more complexity. Today’s relevant mobile network information and data can beobsolete tomorrow. Therefore, it is essential for MNOs to efficiently collect and process data in a very short time to maximize benefits. To this end, Rohde & Schwarz is launching the next generation benchmarking solution, featuring the Benchmarker 3 data collection platform and a set of unique features that will allow MNOs to reduce complexity and costs while gaining more value out of their collected data. High data quality for reliable results Since the beginnings of cellular technology, Rohde & Schwarz has been a pioneer and market leader for RF and QoE-centric testing solutions. Now, the company is introducing Benchmarker 3, the third generation of its own benchmarking hardware and the technological core of the data collection equipment.

Rohde & Schwarz experts designed and manufactured the new hardware, bringing together decades of expertise in hardware product engineering and in house production, close collaboration with customers and extensive experience from multi-national network benchmarking projects. Benchmarker 3 offers a reduced footprint for easier installation and fewer computing components for the same number of measurement devices making it easier to configure and maintain. New airflow management enables temperature control also for devices that tend to overheat when handling high 5G data throughput. The modular concept enables an easy expansion that can be applied to new installations as well as existing Benchmarker II systems. All these factors are combined in the new Benchmarker 3 and ensure uniform, stable conditions and highly reliable operations during large-scale network benchmarking measurement campaigns. In summary, the data collection platform has higher performance, a more compact design, is lighter, consumes less power and is fully backward compatible with the components of its forerunner Benchmarker II.