Ericsson, Facebook boost network performance with new methodology

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Ericsson and Facebook have announced new methodology to measure and improve end-to-end network performance by using simulated Facebook applications.

As part of a joint Internet.org project exploring ways to bring network coverage to unconnected regions, the two companies have developed a framework for evaluating KPIs on Indonesian operator XL Axiata’s network.

Indonesia has the fourth-largest Facebook user base in the world, yet 75 percent of users are on 2G networks. The new methodology is expected to help operators around the world.

By correlating KPIs gathered from application use cases with network statistics, Ericsson and Facebook said they were able to improve app coverage by up to 70 percent.

Specifically, they were able to improve both the number of connections completed within three seconds and the amount of time it look to load content.

Meanwhile, the amount of time it took to upload content was improved by up to 50 percent.

A White Paper detailing the findings is available here.

According to Johan Wibergh, Executive Vice President and Head of Segment Networks at Ericsson, the project has “raised the bar” in terms of understanding, measuring and improving app coverage.

Chris Daniels, VP of Internet.org at Facebook, commented: "We have a model for improving network performance that can be applied globally by mobile network operators. This will help ensure we have more efficient use of existing network capacity and resources, which is key to delivering on our mission to close the connectivity gap."

XL Axiata CEO Hasnul Suhaimi added: “We believe app coverage is essential and correlating Facebook application use cases with network-wide statistics has proven to be an innovative and efficient way to detect and address network optimization opportunities."

Internet.org launched in August 2013 and includes Ericsson, Facebook, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung as founding members.

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