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TOP 5 Reasons Why RF Drive Tests Fall Short

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Limitations of rf drive test

RF drive testing is used to measure and assess the coverage, capacity and Quality of Service (QoS) of a mobile radio network. While this method of data collection is quite common, it has its limitations and cannot provide a competitive edge to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

Reason #1:

RF Drive Tests are Reactive

RF drive tests are generally performed in response to a failure or complaint. They are reactive in nature and cannot proactively measure changes in spectrum performance to pre-empt and solve issues before they occur. MNOs require continuous, real-time data for effective decision making and strategic planning purposes.

Reason #2:

RF Drive Tests are Expensive

From costly equipment to RF engineers spending time performing RF drive tests and evaluating the data, RF drive tests are time consuming and expensive.

Reason #3:

RF Drive Tests Fail to Capture Intermittent Events

RF drive tests are sporadic and reactive in nature. They only capture a snapshot in time and could miss important intermittent events. Continuous data collection is needed to provide full visibility for MNOs.

Reason #4:

Difficulty to Ingest RF Drive Test Data

Collecting the data is one thing, ingesting and making sense of it all is another. Interpreting RF drive test data is very difficult and time consuming, not to mention the pressure to act quickly to feed critical data points back into the organization before the captured data becomes stale.

Reason #5:

RF Drive Tests don’t Provide Flexibility to Address Errors

In the event that errors occurred during an RF drive test data capture, the entire test has to be repeated. This would cause time delays and incur additional costs.

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