Monday, February 21, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent Uses Smartphones for 4G Packet Data Diagnostics

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a Smartphone Wireless Network Analyzer Methodology (SWNAM) that gathers and analyzes 4G packet data to provide an instant picture of network activity. Essentially, SWNAM turns a smartphone into a remote monitor for identifying and reporting packet loss and other issues which impact service quality, while aggregating it into a central data correlation tool.

SWNAM monitors the network from the smart-phone user's view -- from the outside, looking in -- as opposed to the traditional approach which is to only monitor diagnostic data from inside the network core, looking out towards the end user. Alcatel-Lucent said this allows operators to proactively collect critically needed diagnostic data to detect, troubleshoot and resolve any problems which compromise the service experience.

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