FES Virtual benchmarking allows assessment of network performance and user demand across vast areas and thousands of individual buildings.
Assessing coverage, performance, and demand both indoors and outdoors over a large area has been expensive, if not impossible, until now. FES's Virtual Benchmark product rapidly assesses all networks and technologies, even inside individual buildings.
Today network operators have reliable outdoor and on-street service in most areas, and are increasingly focused on providing reliable service inside homes and buildings. To assess indoor service, we use our FES-IQ platform to generate Virtual Benchmark (VBM) reports for areas of interest to our clients. In each VBM report, we break down network performance and data usage per building and area, and prioritize buildings and outdoor areas for the sales and network organizations to target.
The sales team is provided a scorecard with "low hanging fruit": buildings and areas with a large user base and where the client network has superior performance but lower market share. The network team gets a scorecard identifying buildings and areas to target for network improvement, incorporating absolute and relative performance of the client network compared to other networks, building population, and the amount of user demand on the client network and all networks. An optimization scorecard identifies areas with sufficient signal level but poor quality and a large number of users and data usage. These areas may be fixable through low cost optimization changes.
VBM layers are loaded for display in FES-IQ. In FES-IQ, users can zoom in and out, select multiple measurements for display, view building details, and change colors and thresholds.
Indoor and Outdoor Measurement Data
FES has developed extensive capabilities to assess vast quantities of individual buildings from both sales and network organization perspectives through anonymized, aggregated crowdsourced measurements. Measurements don't arrive from devices with a reliable indoor vs outdoor indicator, so we created techniques to identify indoor vs. outdoor status for each raw measurement, and then use the indoor measurements to benchmark the performance and demand on every network in every building.
Detailed views of performance and and demand are provided in each VBM report. Through our VBM approach, thousands or even millions of buildings can be assessed at much lower cost than traditional testing methods, and in locations impossible to access with legacy drive and walk test approaches.