How Can Telco Operators Speed Up Conformance Testing?

Sep 5, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Michael Sedláček posted in Time to Market, Automation ROI, 5G

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When technology changes and evolves—as it does almost constantly—in the telecom domain, it typically takes standard-setting bodies like 3GPP six months to a year to establish a new set of test cases for conformance testers. Once those test cases come out, there’s a flurry of activity while operators, device manufacturers, OEMs, and others attempt to verify compliance and interoperability with new and existing standards. The fact that it takes 3GPP a fairly long stretch of time does very little to lessen the time pressure that testers usually face when it comes to performing each new round of service verification.

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The 3 Step Guide to Automating Your Network Tests

Sep 3, 2019 5:07:38 PM / by Jari Nurminen posted in Automation, Automation ROI

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The modern cycle of updates for telecom networks continues to speed up, and telco operators need to do the same in order to keep pace with the market. For some of you, this may be leading you to consider test automation for verifying service on your network. Sure, there’s plenty of content out there about automated testing, and some of if even pertains to the specific challenges that your company has—but it’s still more than a little bit daunting. You know you need a framework that can automatically test, for instance, audio quality for VoLTE service across a suite of modern and legacy devices, but how do you get started?

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How to Evaluate Telecom Testing Tools

Aug 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Thomas Groissenberger posted in Customer Experience, Automation ROI

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We’ve talked a little bit already at this blog about how automated testing is becoming a virtual necessity for telco operators. As increasing device fragmentation and the proliferation of different protocols continue to inflate the number of use cases that require testing, human testers are struggling to keep up. But, if you’re reading this, you probably know all that. More than that, you’re probably almost ready to take the plunge and seriously consider an automated testing solution for your business. The question at this point is, how do you choose the right tool?

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5 Ways Network Quality Testing Can Impact Your Bottom Line

Aug 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Jari Nurminen posted in Network Quality, Network Testing

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Network quality has long been a top cause of customer churn for telcos. Yet organizations often continue to struggle with delivering adequate quality because the demand for more data has negatively impacted voice service. That demand will likely grow; according to a recent McKinsey study, consumer demand for data will increase by 40 to 80% per year, depending on customer patterns and geographic region. While data might seem more urgent, voice is still important. Telcos that wish to remain competitive are placing new emphasis on network quality testing.

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Are Your Device Tests Ready for the IoT?

Aug 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Michael Sedláček posted in Device Testing, Internet of Things

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According to a recent GSMA study, the IoT market will be worth $1.1 trillion and include about 25 billion IoT connections by 2025. The majority of those connections will be in the industrial and vertical industry segments (13.8 billion connections) and the smart home market (11.4 billion).

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How Automation Can Impact Testing ROI in 2019

Aug 20, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Petri Karppinen posted in Network Testing, Automation, Time to Market, Automation ROI

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The most obvious benefits of automation for any industry include increased efficiency and decreased reliance on human employees. But for telcos, automation, and particularly automated testing, offers multiple other sources of ROI, from reduced time to market, to better implementation of the Continuous Delivery model.

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5 Best Practices for Network Automation in 2019

Aug 15, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Thomas Groissenberger posted in Network Quality, Network Testing, Automation

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Automation is often treated like a magic bullet, a cure-all for increasing demands on testing personnel who face new network quality concerns, additional devices, and other challenges every day. However, the truth is that automating any process, especially a critical one like network testing, is fraught with pitfalls. These five best practices can help ensure the success of network testing automation. 

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Can Automated Testing Promote Agility?

Aug 13, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Michael Sedláček posted in Automation, Time to Market

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Let’s say you’re a telco operator pushing out a change to your billing platform. For many in the business world, the hope for a project like this is that the team behind it has a certain level of agility, meaning that they’re a cross-functional group that’s empowered to solve problems in a flexible manner within the company’s larger mission. Unfortunately, agility usually isn’t what we find in cases like these. Instead, we find “waterfall” projects where teams are constantly waiting for approval, wading through red tape, and carrying out pre-agreed plans even as potential challenges and hurdles come to light.

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Does Your Test Partner Need to Be a Telco Expert?

Aug 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Thomas Groissenberger posted in Network Quality, End-to-End Testing

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End-to-end testing—it’s all the rage right now in any number of industries, and with good reason. As global technologies become more connected and more thoroughly interwoven into the fabric of society, more thorough and efficient testing will become not just a luxury, but a necessity. As such, it should come as no surprise that a number of testing automation providers have cropped up in the past few years, covering everything from software security to telecoms. This, too, makes sense on the surface: how different could testing solutions for different industries really be? If you can automate verification for a new social media platform, why can’t you do the same for VoIP verification?

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How Risky Is Outsourced Network Testing in 2019?

Aug 6, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Jari Nurminen posted in Network Quality, Network Testing

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Let’s say you’re working through a whole slate of different test scenarios to verify service on a new network that you’re rolling out. One of your first tasks is tackling VoIP (voice over IP) tests, which, as it turns out, present some very particular challenges. Because jitter and latency in voice conversations can quickly render a call frustrating and incomprehensible, your tests have to seek out extremely granular data about packet loss and packet delay for a number of different use cases. In order to do so effectively, testers need a wealth of specialized knowledge.

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