MTS Belarus, a leading wireless operator in the region, has signed
an agreement with START for delivery of Agilarium.CM solution.
START Agilarium.CM will allow MTS Belarus to control 100% of radio network
parameters in the multi-vendor and multi-technology environment,
increasing market leadership and quality of services delivered to
MTS Belarus subscribers.
Rohde & Schwarz SwissQual NQDI interface for Agilarium
Network development and operations data in the Agilarium umbrella
solution is now complemented by measurements from the testing
market-leader Rohde & Schwarz via direct Agilarium interface to the
latest evolution of NQDI II suite. Compare infrastructure utilization
data with real-life measurements, while viewing the network coverage,
configuration and performing troubleshooting in the Agilarium solution.
Read moreCompare infrastructure utilization data with real-life
measurements, while viewing the network coverage, configuration and
performing troubleshooting in the Agilarium solution.
SwissQual and START today announced signing an agreement allowing
to interface to SwissQual’s NQDI database.
Zuchwil, Switzerland — October 16, 2015 — SwissQual and START today announced signing an agreement allowing to interface to SwissQual’s NQDI database in order to enrich START Agilarium monitoring tool with SwissQual’s drive and walk test measurement data.
«Nowadays, mobile operators need to reconcile decreasing revenues from traditional communication services with increasing CAPEX and OPEX investments that are necessary to manage increasing data consumption. Optimized networks offering the best performance are crucial to maximize the value of the deployed assets. Together, SwissQual and Rohde & Schwarz offer the most comprehensive product portfolio for Mobile Network Testing, benefiting from the historical assets of both companies. Today’s announced combination of SwissQual’s quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) insights with network data from START Agilarium solution provides an additional element that empowers customers with a single view of the network performance as seen by end users» says Hanspeter Bobst, CEO of SwissQual.
Increasing network complexity requires more intelligence to evaluate network and service performance and take action to improve it. Data collected during measurements campaigns represent a mine of information, but without a proper analysis layer the potential of such information remains unexploited. SwissQual recently introduced Network Quality Data Investigator (NQDI) II, the post processing system that maximizes the potential of collected measurement data for network and service optimization and benchmarking. Based on data from all radio technologies, service quality and network information, NQDI II provides automated data validation, detailed quality analysis and troubleshooting, and long-term reporting.
«Having a complete set of network data in a single interface is an essential requirement that network operators have for umbrella OSS solutions today. We are very excited to work with SwissQual to complement network planning, performance and configuration data in our Agilarium platform with testing data from SwissQual’s NQDI solution» comments Fedor Yaminsky, START CEO.
START Agilarium is a solution suite that allows network service providers (NSP’s) to have a single view of the network. Agilarium unifies network planning and operations activities by automatically loading network information including configuration, planning, performance and testing data, performs correlation with the billing, controls security settings, compares against accounting information and marketing plans, provides on-line information to call centers and field teams. Agilarium serves NSP’s as a single centralized knowledge base, increasing operational efficiency and strengthening competitive advantage against other market players. About SwissQual AG
SwissQual is part of the Rohde & Schwarz Group and is globally recognized as a leader in the field of Mobile Network Testing. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Zuchwil, Switzerland, SwissQual offers a full range of solutions for end-to-end quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) benchmarking, optimization, and service monitoring as well as for data management analysis and reporting.
SwissQual, together with Rohde & Schwarz, is the preferred supplier of specialist equipment for global top-tier mobile operators, infrastructure vendors, testing service providers, regulators as well as multiple innovators in different industries.
For more details please visit www.swissqual.com About START
START (Start Innovation LLC) is a leading independent system integrator and software developer in the telecommunications market. START system integration services and Agilarium software suite is used by market-leading Tier 1 operators for daily network operations and maintenance in the Network Operations Centers (NOCs) and Service Operations Centers (SOCs). Established in 2004, START has built it’s reputation on excellence in project delivery, cutting-edge software development and tailor-made customization that facilitate efficient network development and new technologies roll-out for the operators.
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4 August 2015
TEOCO and START expand network planning and optimization partnership for Russia and CIS
FAIRFAX, VA., USA — August 4, 2015 — TEOCO, the leading provider of assurance, analytics and optimization solutions to communications service providers (CSPs), and START, a leading independent system integrator and software developer in the CIS telecoms market, today announced the expansion of their partnership agreement for Russia and the CIS countries to include the latest TEOCO network planning and optimization products.
«Mobile operators in Russia and the CIS region are always interested in the latest technologies and solutions available to maximize the performance of their mobile networks,» said Fedor Yaminsky, START CEO. «TEOCO is a long-term strategic partner for START and we’re excited to expand our agreement to cover its latest products and services. We’re confident that TEOCO’s new solutions will be popular among our operator customers and deliver practical, commercial and technology benefits to their businesses.»
«For over eight years, START has been our key partner for supplying mobile network planning products to the Russian and CIS region, and we look forward to working together closely to roll out the latest TEOCO solutions in this important market,» said Ken Parkinson, VP Sales Europe at TEOCO.
The latest range of TEOCO planning tools features updated versions of the ASSET and CONNECT products, as well as entirely new ones such as Velox, a small cell planning solution.
The new version of ASSET features enhanced LTE capabilities to support better voice and data services. These include VoLTE network modelling plus planning for next-generation networks in upcoming years.
To manage the ever-increasing demand for data access from subscribers, operators are increasingly incorporating small cells into their network design and planning. TEOCO has therefore improved the small cell planning capabilities of ASSET by adding Velox, a new small cell planning module that incorporates backhaul and radio planning into operators’ macro network planning models.
Another new module, ASSET Geo, brings geo-located traffic and performance maps directly to ASSET users. In addition, ASSET now includes enhanced integration, both with other TEOCO products and third party solutions as well. This, along with ASSET’s support for all radio technologies — including Wi-Fi — makes ASSET a complete solution for planning all parts of an operator’s radio network. It also fully connects to the wider OSS/BSS eco-system.
Among the new features added to CONNECT is a unique function for more accurate small cell backhaul planning. CONNECT’s «Site backhaul ranking» allows operators to evaluate a large number of potential small cell locations in terms of their backhaul connectivity. It assesses each location for its suitability to accept a Line-Of-Sight (LOS), non-LOS or wired backhaul connection to the existing network. Small cell planners and RF planning tools can use this information to make better, more informed decisions about where to locate small cells and how to connect them to the macro network. Hide
At MWC 2015 START has showcased Agilarium, a solution with
proven experience for nation-wide projects in Tier-1 Network
Service Providers (NSP’s), gaining interest from operators and
system integrators world-wide, as well as government officials.
Read moreIn Barcelona START provided on-site demo of it’s
newest development, Agilarium GIS module. The GIS module allows
to display operator’s services and subscribers,
alongside of virtual and physical network layers
in an intuitive interface, consolidated with marketing
and planning data, statistics, and measurements of diverse
subsystems: wireless, IP/traffic, core, and VAS.
27 February 2015
Network at your Fingertips: Feodor YAMINSKY told about his company’s history and its flagship product — Agilarium
The Russian company Start Innovation Ltd. (the START brand),
is a first-time exhibitor at Mobile World Congress.
The CEO of START, Feodor YAMINSKY, told Leonid KONIK,
Editor-in-Chief of The Standard, about his company’s
history and its flagship product — Agilarium,
an operations support system for telecommunications.
— How did your business start?
— START began as a startup launched
in June 2004, specializing in the development
of internet-controlled devices. It was a segue
from the business of remote-controlled measurement systems,
in production since 1990 by our partner company,
Perspective Technologies Center (CPT). START won a grant
from the Russian Support Fund for the Advancement of Small
Enterprise in Science and Technology (the Bortnik Foundation).
One of our industrial debuts was to equip a whole
building in Moscow’s State Lomonosov University with our
own software and control systems, including security, video
surveillance, and access control. Later on, START diversified into
software development for telecom network monitoring and management.
Thus far it’s been a success: Start Ltd. cleared 100
million rubles in 2011 (or about €2.5 million
at the then-current exchange rate), and has since continued
to grow year after year.
— Why did you change your business focus?
— We diversified when we partnered
up with UK’s Aircom International —
a leader in wireless network planning and OSS solutions
and a consultant on mobile network infrastructure
management. This partnership arose alongside the evolution
of my career. My first job after graduating from
the Biophysics Department of Moscow University was
at the Russian office of Schlumberger. My division
was working with smart cards and became an independent
company, Axalto, in 2004. Having joined Schlumberger
as a Java programmer, I became head of the
Russian office in 4.5 years. Our biggest project was
outsourcing for MTS, where we built a SIM card
personalization factory in Moscow.
In 2006 MTS became interested in Aircom’s
wireless planning system ASSET, and we received our first
contract. Soon after, START developed a unit dedicated
to the Aircom International partnership. Our initial focus
was radio coverage planning systems with ASSET, which is still
highly sought-after by telecom operators worldwide.
We started out as a reseller for Aircom, then
took over first-line technical support for Aircom solutions.
Later we developed the second line, and finally the full
range of integration and customization services.
In December 2013, Aircom International was acquired
by a US corporation, TEOCO, and we are continuing
to expand our collaboration. START also represents other
global industry leaders and offers their engineering solutions
in Russia, including Siradel, JDSU, and iBWave.
In recent years, START has grown its customer base.
We are currently working with the cellular division
of Tattelecom (the Letai network) and Rostelecom
(these assets having recently passed to Tele2 Russia),
and have projects with Yota and Antares 4G.
Before being acquired by MegaFon, Yota implemented
a turnkey OSS system based on our solutions,
covering its entire workflow, from LTE base station planning
control and construction to automated pre-launch and
acceptance testing. As new base stations went live,
network coverage was updated automatically on the Yota
WEB portal, with the highest precision building coverage for
cities. This data was used by different Yota divisions,
including engineers, marketing, and accounting, as well
as contractors. The finance department, for example, received
data from our system on new, successfully-launched sites
to facilitate processing of contractor payments.
— What makes Agilarium special?
— Agilarium a global system operating nationwide, and
it’s a business-critical system. The importance
of voice is now being replaced by data
in telecom networks these days. Most of today’s
network capacity is dedicated to a large amount
of growing data traffic. Quality assurance becomes extremely
important, and Agilarium will fine-tune the operator’s technical
business processes to provide better quality of service