08/08/2012

World's First VoLTE Goes To ...

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Metrico is delivering measurement systems and services to leading mobile network operators to support their VoLTE deployments.  Which is why we took special note of same-day press releases from MetroPCS (U.S.A.) and SK Telecom (Korea) announcing "World's First ... Voice Over LTE."

From MetroPCS: "MetroPCS Launches World's First Commercially Available Voice Over LTE Service and VoLTE-Capable 4G LTE Smartphone," the LG Connect 4G available at one of the company's retail stores in Dallas/Fort Worth as of Tuesday, August 7.

From SK Telecom: "SK Telecom Launches World's First HD Voice over LTE," on the Samsung Galaxy S III starting Wednesday, August 8.

Given the 14-hour time difference between Dallas/Fort Worth and Seoul, the race to be first appears to be down to a photo finish.  Looks like both can claim a win, as MetroPCS made VoLTE commercially available a day ahead, while SK Telecom began offering HD VoLTE before any other operator.

07/31/2012

"So papa, how do you like the iPad we got you?"

Just for the record, Metrico does not test this particular use case in our Fit4Launch program:

 

Thanks to www.snotr.com for this gem.

07/18/2012

Workshop: Requirements for Industry and Mobile Network Operators in LTE & NFC Technologies

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Workshop: Requirements for Industry and Mobile Network Operators in LTE & NFC Technologies

July 27, 2012 - Herndon, Virginia

AT4 wireless has organized this workshop with Metrico's participation to cover essential topics associated with LTE and NFC wireless technologies. We will present perspectives and points of views on topics of regulatory acceptance and certification, product testing and test environment design, product conformance testing and market acceptance as well as provide insight into the evolution of wireless product performance testing. Please join us for this onsite event at the AT4 wireless lab in Herndon, Virginia. 

Who should attend?

This workshop is only targeted to Device Manufacturers and Mobile Network Operators' staff: validation & certification teams, project managers, test engineers and product managers who are dealing with market requirements. 

Agenda

9:15 - 9:30:

Welcome and Introduction

9:30 - 10:15:

Market Requirements for LTE according to MNO needs (AT4 wireless)

10:15 - 10:30:

Coffee break

10:30 - 11:00:

Data performance on wireless broadband Networks (AT4 wireless)

11:00 - 11:30:

Next-Generation Voice: VoLTE and HD (Metrico Wireless)

11:30 - 12:00:

Status of NFC Forum Certification (AT4 wireless)

12:00 - 12:30:

Overview of the Mobile Payment Certification Schemes
( EMVCo, Mastercard, Visa, Isis, Orange) (FIME)

12:30 - 1:00:

Lunch

1:00 - 2:00:

Lab Tour, including a Live LTE and NFC testing Demo

Space is limited.  Register here by July 23, 2012.

06/19/2012

Datum: Mobile Experience Measurement From The Cloud

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Datum™: Mobile Experience Measurement From The Cloud


Now Enabling Measurement of Simultaneous Voice and Data Performance 

Disruptive innovations are buffeting the mobile industry at the network, device and application levels. As they continue their migrations to 4G, operators and OEMs need to continually assess the subscriber quality of experience and monitor network impact. With Mobile Experience Measurement From The Cloud, Metrico offers the only solution to measure quality of experience on any device, any technology, anywhere in the world. 

Datum ... 

... powers pre-launch device performance certification for five out of the top seven U.S. operators 

... is utilized by the world’s top device OEMs for internal testing 

... has evaluated over 700 device models for data performance

Today Metrico introduces enhancements to the Datum measurement system for mobile network operators and device OEMs, enabling QoE measurement of simultaneous voice and data services, leveraging the cloud to enable large-scale, centralized testing of LTE, HSPA+ and 3G devices and networks anywhere around the globe. 

As mobile networks evolve to 4G, operators are increasingly capable of delivering—and subscribers are taking for granted—the ability to multi-task on their smartphones. While the end state of converged networks gets ever closer, operators are in various stages of transition—including dual-radio devices or circuit-switched fallback—and need to monitor the quality of experience for their distinct implementations of simultaneous voice and data. 

Datum includes:

  • Centralized or distributed test administration and data warehousing, providing flexibility in the design of: large-scale device acceptance testing; friendly user testing; and crowdsourcing, benchmarking and troubleshooting projects
  • High-capacity content servers distributed globally, permitting testing of devices and networks anywhere in the world
  • On-device clients for every major operating system, including Android 4, iOS 5 and Windows Phone 7, downloaded from the respective application stores by field engineers to conduct localized testing.

DatumClientsDatum clients are available for every major mobile OS.

  
Datum measures:

  • Data performance, including HTTP, FTP, UDP and web browsing performance and reliability
  • Voice call performance during a data session, including call setup rate, call setup time, call drop rate and call duration
  • Data throughputs before, during and after a voice call.

DatumBase™, the system's web-based test administration and database management utility, allows:

  • the streamlined setup of test cases that can be repeated across devices and geographies
  • centralized analysis and storage of results from distributed testing locations
  • sophisticated reporting.


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and analyze results centrally through DatumBase.

More information can be found at:http://www.metricowireless.com/systems/measdata.cfm

To request a consultation, contact us

About Metrico Wireless, Inc. 

Metrico is a trusted partner to carriers and OEMs bringing winning mobile products to market. Since our inception, we have set the standard for mobile device, network and service performance measurement. Our patented technologies and methodologies enable robust, objective and repeatable analysis of performance from the subscriber point of view, in laboratory and live network conditions. We deliver unmatched Fit4Launch Services, cloud-based Measurement Systems, andInsights Services, which our customers rely on to drive quality, minimize network impact, and market their brands more effectively. Metrico has evaluated over 800 device models for carriers and manufacturers. Additional information on the company may be found at www.metricowireless.com

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06/06/2012

Samsung Galaxy S III: Only Metrico Can Tell You How It’s Performing On Every Network

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is coming to 145 countries, providing operators with a groundbreaking device for their subscribers - and the challenge of differentiating their offerings from the competition.

Metrico's Insights program delivers performance analytics tailored to an operator's value proposition, using a proven and objective measurement methodology that can be executed anywhere in the world.  Clients can establish marketing claims, identify opportunities for network performance improvement, and equip customer support staff with information on subscriber quality of experience.

Questions we can answer:
  • How does data throughput vary between two operators' implementations of HSPA or LTE?
  • What happens to call or data performance when a subscriber talks and surfs at the same time?
  • Is battery life affected by the radio access technology?
  • Will subscribers perceive a difference in voice quality on competing operators' networks?
  • Does response time of popular applications - like video chat or music streaming - vary by network?
  • Using IP traffic analysis, how can an operator assess - and prepare for - the impact on the network of this device and specific applications?
​Based on Metrico's field- and time-tested Mobile Experience Methodology, Insights entail:
  • Measurement and analysis of comparative voice, call, data, video, battery or application performance of specified devices on one or more networks
  • Procurement of devices and services through the same channels as used by consumers
  • Test locations reflective of typical subscriber usage scenarios
  • Analysis based on Metrico's extensive experience, including identification of root causes of performance issues
  • Comparison of subject device performance with data on all devices in the PERFORM database, as applicable

Contact Metrico to learn more or request a consultation.

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05/29/2012

Where In The World Is The Samsung Galaxy S III?

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Update: the following carriers have announced plans for the U.S. launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III:

With Samsung's announcement today that the Galaxy S III is officially available in 28 countries in Europe and the Middle East, we've been having a little fun tracking exactly where in the world you might be able to find it.  It's pretty clear that they've started with the HSPA+ variant including a quad-core Samsung Exynos SoC, and will follow up with the LTE version (expected to include a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset) later in the summer.  So, we've been able to find it for sale as of today in:

Let us know if you find it in any other countries!

Samsung's new flagship smartphone, announced on May 3, 2012, is powered by Android 4.04 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and includes a 4.8" HD (720p) Super AMOLED screen as well as a 2100 mAh battery.  Rather than simply focus on hardware and leave the software to Android, Samsung's TouchWiz UI augments the OS in several ways.  For a detailed review, check out The Verge.

12/21/2011

4Q11 Smartphone Ratings Report Released Today

December2011PAReportCoverToday Metrico released our 4Q11 Smartphone Ratings Report.  The report includes 18 devices, half of which are branded as 4G.  4G devices evaluated in this quarter's report are:

  • Apple iPhone 4S (AT&T)
  • RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 (AT&T)
  • LG Thrill 4G (AT&T)
  • Samsung Galaxy S II (Sprint)
  • Samsung Conquer 4G (Sprint)
  • HTC Amaze 4G (T-Mobile)
  • Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
  • RIM BlackBerry Bold 9900 (T-Mobile)
  • Motorola Droid Bionic (Verizon)

Included in the report is the updated Performance Analytics Top Performers List.  The Top Performers are described as the top performing devices on each carrier.  To see the full list, visit our website and go to "Top Performers" in the bottom left-hand corner.  Here is a sample:

4G Data Performance

  • RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 (AT&T)
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G (Sprint)
  • HTC Sensation 4G (T-Mobile)
  • Samsung Droid Charge (Verizon)

3G Data Performance

  • Apple iPhone 4 (AT&T)
  • HTC Status (AT&T)
  • Apple iPhone 4 (Sprint)
  • Samsung Gravity SMART (T-Mobile)
  • Samsung Dart (T-Mobile)
  • HTC Trophy (Verizon)

Handset Speech

  • HTC HD7S (AT&T)
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G (Sprint)
  • RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 (T-Mobile)
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2 (Verizon)

12/20/2011

Metrico Wireless Provides Unprecedented Subscriber-Level View Of 4G LTE Performance

DATA AND WEB PERFORMANCE SHOW FIVEFOLD INCREASE OVER 3G, BUT THE FASTEST DEVICE DOESN’T ALWAYS DELIVER THE BEST VIDEO OR BATTERY EXPERIENCE

Stationary Data Download Speed-MeanMetrico Wireless today announced findings from its report, “LTE: The Subscriber Experience — Year One,” based on the company’s robust, objective and repeatable analysis of mobile device performance from the subscriber point of view. While AT&T’s and Verizon’s LTE networks showed comparable data and web performance — with a fivefold increase over the carriers’ respective 3G networks — there was significant variation in video quality and battery life among devices, underscoring the criticality of measuring performance at the subscriber level.

In December 2010, Verizon Wireless launched its LTE network in the United States, and introduced the first smartphone for that network the following March. AT&T announced availability of its own LTE network and smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2011. With the top two national carriers offering equivalent fourth-generation devices and services, Metrico took advantage of this opportunity to evaluate the subscriber experience in the early stages. The company measured performance of several AT&T and Verizon LTE smartphones on key criteria including:

  • data performance (HTTP download, HTTP upload)
  • web browsing (page load time, page load reliability)
  • video performance (frame delivery rate, freeze, impairment, audio)
  • battery life (by application and by user profile).

Devices evaluated included the HTC Vivid™ and Samsung Galaxy™ S II Skyrocket™ from AT&T, and the HTC ThunderBolt™, Motorola DROID BIONIC and Samsung DROID CHARGE from Verizon.

KEY FINDINGS

  • Current-generation LTE smartphones have evolved far beyond the basic concept of a communication device, and are in fact complex computing systems designed to deliver the sophisticated multimedia experiences promised by the networks to which they connect. Devices from different manufacturers are increasingly conforming to a uniform set of specifications — including dual-core processor, high-end still and video cameras, large high-resolution displays, in addition to voice, data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS transceivers. Android was the only mobile operating system on LTE smartphones during the period covered by Metrico’s analysis.
  • Data and web performance on the LTE networks show at least a five-time improvement when compared to equivalent performance of smartphones measured on the carriers’ respective 3G networks.
  • However, data speed doesn’t necessarily translate to a better user experience. The fastest data device may not provide the best web experience or the best video performance.
  • Battery life varies by device and by application used, based on the specific resources — such as the display — required for different applications.
  • Video performance showed significant variation by device, without correlation to data performance, indicating that onboard device attributes — including video processor and rendering software — play a key role in the subscriber’s video experience.
  • In general, the subscriber experience is not simply driven by the network or the device, but by the combination of the two. Even devices with similar specifications connected to similar network technologies still demonstrate variation in performance, underscoring the criticality of measuring performance at the subscriber level.

Estimated Battery Life By Application
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More information, including getting more detailed information from the report, click here.

12/08/2011

Metrico Wireless Announces Fit4Launch Battery Life Testing Service For Mobile Operators and OEMs

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Metrico Wireless, the global leader in mobile device performance analytics, today announced the immediate availability of a pre-launch battery life testing service for operators and OEMs. As these companies collaborate to deliver sophisticated new products and services to mobile subscribers, device performance enhancements often create a strain on battery life — and on the user experience. Metrico’s Fit4Launch methodology, which has certified over 600 devices, has now been extended to include battery performance, enabling operators and OEMs to predict impact on subscribers and potentially correct issues, avoiding the high cost of problem resolution after devices are released to the market.

Rapid innovation in mobile devices, networks and services continues unabated. The average device now has a dual-core processor, as many as five radios, a high-resolution display, one or more HD cameras, and multi-tasking apps, providing sophisticated new functions for subscribers — while increasing battery drain. Average smartphone battery capacity has increased from 1,320 mAh to 1,510 mAh or 14 percent in the past 12 months, yet reports of consumer complaints with battery performance are on the rise. In fact, battery life has emerged as a principal cause of subscriber dissatisfaction with 4G LTE devices.

Building on Metrico's industry-leading experience in call, voicedatavideo and location testing services, Fit4Launch Battery Life Testing Service provides mobile service providers and device OEMs with robust, objective and repeatable analysis of battery life in various network settings, across a range of use cases and user profiles. The service includes:

  • Evaluation of estimated battery life based on stated capacity, and power consumption
  • Battery performance assessments for a range of applications, from voice calling to video streaming, and for different user profiles, including voice callers, social networkers, text addicts and power users
  • Automated, statistically valid test methodology implemented on the live network, for a fair representation of the subscriber experience
  • Capability to test virtually any mobile device on any network technology.

“Metrico has focused on scientifically-derived insights on the mobile subscriber experience, as the most efficient way to predict adoption, satisfaction and customer service requirements,” said Amit Malhotra, Vice President of Marketing, Metrico Wireless. “We have consistently evolved our services to address emerging performance areas affecting subscribers, and battery life is a major area of focus for the industry today.”

12/01/2011

December Performance Analytics Engineering Reports Announced

HTC_Amaze_4GToday Metrico has announed the Performance Analytics Engineering Reports to be released in December 2011.  Engineering reports offer a detailed view of Performance Analytics data on individual devices.

Engineering Reports Being Released in December 2011:

  • Apple iPhone 4 (Sprint) - December 2
  • HTC Amaze 4G (T-Mobile) - December 2
  • HTC Radar 4G (T-Mobile) - December 23
  • LG MyTouch Q (T-Mobile) - December 23
  • LG DoublePlay (T-Mobile) - December 23

To find the full library of avaliable Performance Analytics Engineering Reports, Click Here.