Maximize your spectrum assets

Real-Time & Continuous
Spectrum Intelligence Platform

Ultimate visibility to optimize and utilize RF spectrum networks. Characterize, optimize and
protect vital RF spectrum networks with real-time insights on the state of wireless technologies.
SXM Dashboard: Comprehensive view of wireless network infrastructure, spectrum usage and quality!

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Ultimate Visibility to RF Spectrum Networks

“We are revolutionizing network monitoring & intelligence. We are the leader in software-defined spectrum analysis platforms that monitor, detect and analyze complex waveforms in today’s rapidly evolving wireless landscape. Spectrum eXperience Management (SXM) is our subscription-based wireless network monitoring & intelligence solution. Wireless network operators can characterize, optimize and protect vital RF spectrum networks with real-time insights on the state of wireless technologies.”

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Network Monitoring & Intelligence Revolution

The RF spectrum is a public resource of tremendous value to society. Globally, network operators have invested over a trillion dollars in spectrum licenses, plus trillions more in infrastructure to monetize that spectrum.
As a critical and scarce public resource, the wireless network impacts the way we live, work, and communicate. Spectrum eXperience Management (SXM) empowers the wireless network operators and national regulatory agencies to have ultimate visibility to optimize and utilize RF spectrum networks.

Our customers say SXM is great for Open RAN testing

Spectrum Monitoring Simplified​

SXM is a subscription
based service.

Pay only for the data you need. All you need to do is to subscribe to areas and data you need e.g. you can get 24/7 real-time data or historical data in a city or certain neighborhoods in that city. You decide on what you need and when you need.

Competitive Intelligence Through Real-Time & Historical Insights

Using a distributed network of powerful thinkRF IoT sensors, combined with advanced analytics, SXM characterizes, optimizes and protects RF spectrum assets. SXM insights are delivered to your desktop, empowering you to eliminate threats and seize opportunities.

SXM vs. Traditional Techniques

The advantages of SXM over traditional techniques for wireless network operators

For Wireless Network Operators

SXM provides critical advantages to wireless network operators

For National Regulatory Agencies

SXM provides full wireless network – spectrum control to national regulatory agencies

Critical SXM Applications for Wireless Network Operators & Regulators

MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS
  • Detect and identify newly deployed competitive infrastructure, e.g. 5G and mmWave.
  • Detect and identify new technologies on existing competitive infrastructure e.g. MIMO beamforming or changes to frequencies and bandwidths.
  • Coverage, bandwidth and utilization contrasting levels of service.

Model real world propagation characteristics to select the optimal location for a new site.

  • Detect inter-cell interference, in particular from competitors’ transmitters.
  • Detect anomalous in-channel interference, typically from a faulty, or unlicensed transmission.
  • Explore quality and potential utility of the spectrum, especially for urban mmWave deployments to make an informed decision about whether to acquire spectrum in a particular region and how much it is worth.

  • Access competitor’s current occupancy levels for their spectrum in a region for intelligent spectrum acquisition strategies e.g., if a competitor is barely using their 700MHz spectrum in a city, that information can be used to assess how much that competitor might bid in a new C band spectrum auction.
  • Assess the occupancy of spectrum in an area, and as such provide a benchmark on how efficiently that asset is being used.
  • Empower financial judgements on whether that significant asset is being well used.
NATIONAL REGULATORY AGENCIES
  • Track spectrum license holders’ base stations and cells location and characteristics to the transmission.
  • Detect spectrum squatting (acquiring a license and then not using or minimally using it to block their competitors from using it).
  • Identify unlicensed transmitters.
  • Compare the quality of transmission in rural areas to urban counterparts to ensure equal service quality.
  • Build strategies for spectrum sharing and auction bidding.
  • As a limited and highly in demand resource, regulators must regularly justify incumbent allocation of spectrum. Ongoing reallocations are expected to continue among all national regulators which will be driven in part through an understanding of incumbent occupancy of spectrum conducted on a regular basis.
  • Regulators need to monitor license holders for whether they are meeting their license conditions.

SXM Provides Critical Advantage to Operators

Eliminate RF drive tests.

Prevent overbuilding network capacity with real-time competitive analysis.

Avoid lost business by responding to competitive threats as they emerge.

Identify how & where your competitors are sharing spectrum & infrastructure.

Identify & provide evidence of spectrum squatting.

Optimize base station deployments by modelling real world propagation characteristics.

Make informed spectrum acquisitions by assessing the quality & utility of the spectrum.

Protect assets with proactive interference detection & location.

Access competitors’ current spectrum occupancy levels for pre-emptive spectrum acquisition strategies.

SXM Provides Full Control to Regulators

Monitor licensees for compliance.

Improve interference hunting campaigns with up-to-date infrastructure map.

Identify unlicensed cellular transmitters.

Map spectrum utilization and capacity.

Optimize spectrum policy decisions based on real data about usage in any band and location.

Stay Ahead of Your Competition with SXM

SXM

  • Real-time reporting
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Enables proactive decisions
  • Characterizes competitive RANs
  • Reports changes in competitive RANs
  • Detects unlicensed RANs
  • RAN quality & loading monitoring
  • Interference detection
  • Supports unlicensed & private bands
  • Identifies spectrum sharing
  • Identifies spectrum squatting
  • Integration to existing data banks

Crowd Source

  • Real-time reporting
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Enables proactive decisions
  • Characterizes competitive RANs
  • Reports changes in competitive RANs
  • Detects unlicensed RANs
  • RAN quality & loading monitoring
  • Interference detection
  • Supports unlicensed & private bands
  • Identifies spectrum sharing
  • Identifies spectrum squatting
  • Integration to existing data banks

RF Drive Test

  • Real-time reporting
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Enables proactive decisions
  • Characterizes competitive RANs
  • Reports changes in competitive RANs
  • Detects unlicensed RANs
  • RAN quality & loading monitoring
  • Interference detection
  • Supports unlicensed & private bands
  • Identifies spectrum sharing
  • Identifies spectrum squatting
  • Integration to existing data banks

SXM Network is Expanding


SXM | FAQ Help Center

How can we help you?
Below are the questions we get asked the most about SXM.

The RF spectrum is a public resource of tremendous value to society. In Canada, leading mobile operators have spent tens of billions of dollars to acquire spectrum license rights. In the US, operators have spent close to half a trillion and worldwide, this figure exceeds a trillion dollars. In addition, trillions more and the safety of millions relies on the efficient, reliable use of those spectrum assets. Through measurement, monitoring and protection of spectrum assets, thinkRF’s SXM system enables owners, users and society in general to receive maximum benefit of this critical resource.

The SXM System detects and demodulates all LTE and 5G NR downlink transmissions within the range of its Node to the PDSCH channel. This means it extracts 3GPP parameters such as the originating eNodeB ID, Operator IDs, MIMO configurations and so forth. It also extracts RF parameters such as signal strength, noise and other related parameters. For full details refer to the specifications page of the SXM Datasheet.

The SXM System uses Power of Arrival algorithms to geolocate a base station using multiple SXM Nodes. Accuracy varies significantly with field conditions, but is generally 10 – 20% of the distance between Nodes.

The SXM System uses Power of Arrival algorithms to geolocate a base station using multiple SXM Nodes. Accuracy varies significantly with field conditions but is generally 10-20% of the distance between SXM nodes.

Simply sign up for a subscription by contacting thinkRF or your local thinkRF partner and begin receiving insights immediately. A subscription is for a particular geographical area and for a set segment of the data (e.g. LTE vs 5G NR vs both). Real-time notifications of infrastructure changes are also available as a subscription option.

Yes! Your SXM subscription includes everything associated with managing the underlying SXM network. thinkRF will update and maintain all SXM Nodes.

There are two options for accessing data from the SXM Cloud. The first is through the GUI which will allow you to download data subsets in CSV format. Alternatively, a powerful API is available to directly access data in the SXM Cloud. This API can be implemented in your own data centre to integrate SXM data together with other data sources, enabling more powerful insights.

Notifications are currently provided by email, with optional SMS notifications in the future. Notifications can be custom configured for:
• New cells and base stations
• Terminated cells and base stations
• Changed cells (static parameters like MIMO characteristics or DSS)
• Changed dynamic data (RSSI, RSRQ, etc.) beyond a configurable
threshold

SXM Nodes are operating 24 hours a day, every day.  If you have set event notifications in your subscription, you can expect to be notified within 24 hours of any events of interest. Data is available continuously through your SXM subscription.

Two options are provided: Either view and export desired data directly from the SXM GUI interface; or extract data continuously as needed directly through the SXM API, available with every SXM subscription.

You don’t need to do anything! If a SXM Network is already operational in your region, you just need to subscribe to start receiving wireless infrastructure insights. If a SXM Network is not already operating in your area, please contact us to find out when you can expect one to be operational.

An SXM Node will detect and record all base stations transmission up to the limit of the transmit distance of that base station. Base station power levels vary with the population density, and as such more SXM Nodes will be required in  a high population area and a low one. A good rule of thumb is that for every 10 base stations required to provide coverage to any area, there will be 3 SXM Nodes.

An SXM Node requires the SXM Cloud to provide a complete solution.  Private Nodes are available on a subscription basis, with the subscriber installing the Node at the location of their choice. Data from that Private Node is available through the SXM Cloud, and exclusively available to that subscriber.

Yes. A SXM Node will detect a LTE or 5G NR base station operating on any frequency band.

Yes. SXM will identify and characterize any base station within its detection range.

Currently SXM can detect transmissions in the FR1 bands (below 8GHz). FR2 bands will be supported in a future release. Contact thinkRF directly for more details.

SXM only monitors the broadcast, and unencrypted portions of downlink cellular transmissions. In most jurisdictions, because this information is broadcast and available to anyone with a cell phone, it is considered public domain.

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