May 22nd 2013

Tektronix Communications slashes costs of RAN monitoring launching new software-based GeoSoft RAN virtual probe, at CTIA Wireless 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV – May 21, 2013 – Tektronix Communications, the world’s first Telecommunications Intelligence Provider (TIP), announced from CTIA Wireless 2013 the launch of a range of new solutions, including its innovative GeoSoft RAN virtual probe designed to help mobile service providers gain 24×7 end-to-end network visibility, with deep insight into the RAN at a fraction of previous costs.

Recent research among Tektronix Communications’ customers suggests that approximately 70 percent of subscriber reported network issues originated in the RAN.   However, traditionally, mining data from deep within the RAN has been both a complex and costly exercise.  Tektronix Communications’ new virtual software-based GeoSoft RAN solutions provide a more flexible, lower cost alternative, supporting the needs of RAN network operations and engineering teams responsible for troubleshooting and responding to these network issues. 

“Radio access network operations and engineering teams spend numerous hours manually troubleshooting with tools like drive testing and toggling among as many as 15 tools used that could be consolidated into just one or two,” said Robert Froehlich, Director of Radio Access Solutions, Tektronix Communications. “The cost savings from our RAN software solutions and the GeoSoft RAN virtual probe gives these teams an opportunity for phenomenal productivity improvements with quick payback.  This is an extreme improvement especially as operators look to build out from 2G and 3G to LTE networks.”

As recently addressed in Tektronix Communications’ 4D TIP Report,  detailing the emergence of the Telecommunications Intelligence Provider, to remain competitive, today’s mobile network operators need to focus on four dimensions – Subscriber behavior, the Services they consume, the Technologies they use, and Network performance required to support their needs.

Today’s announced solutions are designed to address each of these dimensions, offering high value data to a variety of users from RAN network operations, engineering and core network operations through to customer care and marketing.  Together, they give mobile operators a complete end-to-end view with actionable intelligence gathered from the network’s core to the edge, from database to device.

“Having evolved from an assurance and monitoring business, into a full service intelligence provider, we’ve come to understand that our big data and analytics solutions are actually at the core of many of the most critical workflows within a service provider’s business, from network operations to the RAN to care to marketing,” said Lyn Cantor, President of Tektronix Communications.

“Our unique value is our ability to combine actionable intelligence with our traditional assurance solutions to act as the operational connector between internal organizations.  This enables service providers to deliver on the promise of optimal network performance, quality of service & excellent customer experience, at the same time as forging deeper customer relationships, identifying new commercial opportunities and driving business efficiencies. No other company in our realm delivers as complete and clear a four dimensional picture as we provide.”

Complete range of new solutions being launched this year at CTIA Wireless 2013:




The problem it solves

Radio Access Network

Network, Technology

GeoSoft RAN

Among subscribers who call their service providers to report problems, an estimated 70 percent of issues are found in the radio access network (RAN).  Troubleshooting these issues with core network monitoring is often inefficient, ineffective requiring extremely costly hardware. 

GeoSoft RAN extends 24×7 monitoring to the access network, via software, providing the most cost-effective comprehensive troubleshooting from core to RAN, regardless of equipment manufacturer, with integrated geographical map capabilities visible from our Iris Session Analyzer and TrendNavigate applications. 

CEM for Customer Care




Touchpointhelps Tier 1-3 customer care organizations reduce support costs and expedite issue resolution.  ProAction enables proactive data analysis to help prevent customer issues from ever materializing.

Touchpoint now features Web usability enhancements with drill down Iris Session Analyzer, as well as call quality management (CQM) support for corporate accounts and cell radius of location visibility.

Corporate Account Management




With revenues from enterprise mobility expected to rise twice as fast as consumer-related revenues over five years, winning and retaining corporate customers is now a major priority. Mobile service providers must strive to differentiate through the quality of services being delivered to their high value enterprise customers.


Built on top of the award winning Touchpoint software platform, our Corporate Account Management (CAM) solution provides optimized workflows for Account Managers and Corporate Care Managers with a state of the art user interface. Primarily targeted towards the B2B segment, CAM can easily be extended into the realms of machine to machine (M2M) and VIP subscriber management.   

Media Assurance


Iris Performance Intelligence (IPI), Iris Session Analyzer (ISA) and Iris Traffic Analyzer (ITA)

With Over The Top applications encroaching on service provider revenues by the day, Quality of Experience (QoE) and security are the way to get a leg up on the “free” voice and video alternatives. 

Leveraging the Iris suite of applications, our Media Assurance solutions  help service providers assure the quality, performance and delivery of today’s all-IP voice, conversational and streaming video services.

LTE Roaming

Network, Technology

Roaming and Interconnect Assurance (RIA)

Where roaming is concerned, having the right partners and the right management tools in place can help protect and boost revenue streams.

With RIA, service providers get performance management with reporting on incoming and outgoing roamers from surrounding networks, regardless of technology domain, LTE, 3G or 2G.

AAA / Policy / Services & Diameter Monitoring

Network, Technology


Mobile service providers are adopting Diameter signaling and Diameter routing agents (DRA) at a rapid pace as LTE network deployments ramp up across the globe.  However, without proper monitoring, Diameter signaling storms can cause major network outages.  ISA and ITA now feature support for this important protocol and capabilities to both analyze failed sessions and streamline planning efforts.

IMS and EPC Test for LTE 

Network, Technology

Spectra2 XL3

As mobile service providers plan and expand complex LTE and mixed 3G/LTE networks globally, they must test multiple dimensions of their network, including Diameter signaling, which is a critical IMS and EPC protocol for monetizing the network that can also have serious impacts on subscriber Quality of Experience (QoE).  Spectra2 XL3 enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to markedly reduce the capital and operational costs associated with testing IMS and EPC elements.


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About Tektronix Communications

Tektronix Communications is uniquely positioned as the communications industry’s first Telecommunications Intelligence Provider (TIP) offering both service assurance and monitoring and network intelligence solutions that cover all four dimensions of the service provider’s environment: subscriber behavior, the services and applications they consume, the network environments they occupy and the technologies that enable them.  Our comprehensive set of assurance, intelligence and test solutions and services support a range of architectures and applications such as LTE, HSPA, 3G, IMS, mobile broadband, VoIP, video and triple play. Tektronix Communications is headquartered in Plano, Texas.  Visit us online at

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