Radio Analysis - the Current Situation

By: Dana H

Protocols for transferring data, information, or any other signals communication have dramatically changed. Breakthrough technology has changed the way signals are transmitted, collected, analyzed and distributed. Technology has exceeded well beyond first generation robust computers to third and forth generation supercomputers that are small enough to fit in a person's shirt pocket. Signals analysts are likely to engage and explore the realms of the unknown and conquer it with decisive and accurate analysis. The future holds an tremendously challenging problem for signals analysis. The conglomerate of highly skilled analysts is extremely small which poses a problem because as the global market gets bigger, skilled signal analysts have a difficult time keeping pace.

The most difficult signal to work with is radio and radio analysis is one of the most difficult jobs that a signal analyst has to do. Radio analysis is challenging not just for a single reason but because of many factors.

Radio Analysis- Difficulties

The biggest challenge for radio analysis is the distance. Radio signal are used to travel long distances. Radio analysis became important with wide spread use of the cell phone. Before the cell phone the main user of radio signals were radio stations. In the United States the F.C.C. (the Government's communication regulator) divided up the radio spectrum by power and frequency to segment the country into separate areas where interference would not occur. Under this system radio analysis was not a priority because the government took care of any problems. Today's situation for radio analysis is much different. Today cell phones use the same radio spectrum as all other wireless users.

Radio Analysis gets difficult because as carries expand their coverage, their resources get more spread apart. Trained radio analysis technicians are hard to come by and getting them out to remote locations is to do radio analysis is costly and time intensive.

Radio Analysis - Importance

The importance of radio analysis can be heard every time you make a call with your cell phone. Proper radio and UMTS analysis can help carriers reduce dropped and distorted calls, there by cutting repair costs and increase customer happiness.

Radio Analysis- Technology

There is a new piece of radio analysis technology called RANalysis. This system both analyzes and simulates calls and can remotely probe the network which reduces the costly and time intensive drive testing.

To learn more about radio analysis please visit protocols.com for mountains of whitepapers and informational resources or http://www.radcom.com/Solutions.aspx?BoneId=1017 to learn more about RANalysis technology

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