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RAN Analytics for Carrier Aggregation

With NETSCOUT’s solution, mobile operators can address a number of critical questions about the viability and performance of their carrier aggregation approach.

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All around the world, mobile service providers are investing heavily to acquire newly allocated and reassigned spectrum licenses with the intent to grow their mobile broadband services and offer the highest bandwidth possible.

To maximize their investments, many are looking to Carrier Aggregation (CA) techniques as a way to ultimately deliver the expected throughput to their end users.

And, while CA can maximize data rates per user, increase the overall bandwidth available, and deliver on the promises of high-speed LTE and 5G services, the approach also presents new levels and layers of complexity.

As individual Radio Resource Control (RRC) sessions require support from both the User Equipment (UE) and network primary (Pcell) and secondary cells (Scells), visibility to validate performance and troubleshoot CA functionality is necessary. With millions of LTE and 5G cells now in the mix, single call analysis is no longer a viable, nor cost-effective option.

NETSCOUT introduces RAN Analytics for Carrier Aggregation Performance Analysis to address this limitation. With Kafka export capabilities standalone reporting options, and the enablement of CA-specific metrics for existing RAN solution deployments, mobile operators and RAN engineers have the visibility they need to identify, investigate, and action the issues impacting CA performance success and bandwidth utilization efficiencies