How WISP Managers Use Unified Device Management to ‘Get Their Weekends Back’

Unified Device Management has a plethora of business applications that make it invaluable to broadband providers, especially WISPs. As many WISPs have small staffs manually managing multiple devices, Unified Device Management’s remote, automated processes have literally given hours back to employees – to enjoy a weekend every now and then!

Real Time Network Adjustment

  • Eliminate manual management and recording CPE stats! By using historical RF data across cells and the entire network, Unified Device Management rapidly optimizes the network from layer 1. Limit tower climbs and subscriber down time with real-time, remote data accuracy.
  • Lower the output power on cells in one area at no cost to RSRP for CPEs it serves while improving SINR/CINR/RSRQ for adjacent cells.  This can be done accurately, quickly and confidently.

Forklift Upgrade and Maintenance

  • Need new antennas or radioheads for existing sites? Replace old gear and break the golden rule of “if there are customers on it, don’t touch it” without concern.  Quickly know where the cell edges are, what subscribers are affected and what their RF stat are without days of screen shots and multiple open tabs.
  • Unified Device Management gathers all the data needed in a few minutes to upgrade an antenna, or a newer model radiohead or even add a cell to an existing site without causing interference.
  • By using Unified Device Management’s cell filtering system and its multiple geospatial overlays, it is quick and easy to see who is at the cell edge and who needs to be monitored during maintenance.

Increase Revenue to Investment

WISPs use Unified Device Management to increase revenue to investment through several methods:

  • Propagation studies are a necessity, but how does an operator know if the predictions line up to YOUR network? Unified Device Management can export all data that can be overlayed against a propagation study.  This data will let you know if a site is performing correctly or if values in a propagation study should be refined to correctly reflect how RF behaves in YOUR
  • With thousands of customers online, geospatial RF monitoring is the only practical way to track this information.  By tracking the RF stats of each CPE and then averaging them against the stats of a cell, operators can use spectrum efficiently which allows for increased subscriber count on each eNB.

Troubleshooting

Reduce truck rolls and service calls through Unified Device Management’s data analysis and automated LIVE status updates. No more manual processes!

  • RF connections are recorded at time of installation but these values change constantly throughout the day. Unified Device Management shows historical data to pinpoint problems
  • Unified Device Management shows the stats of a device as soon as it comes online. This allows providers to see if new connections are meeting site survey/installation requirement minimums for RSRP, SINR, RSRQ and MCS.

 Spectral Efficiency

  • Unified Device Management addresses spectral efficiency by immediately pinpointing noise propagation and low MCS issues. Geospatial historic RF data allows for site survey standards to be set including all variables, such as weather, season and cell load.

By recording all data for each customer averaged against a cell, and recorded over the life of the connection, site survey standards can be set to prevent unsatisfactory connections and service calls to the home and optimize spectral efficiency.

 Cell Overload

  • A cell can be overpopulated in a variety of ways.
  • Total subscribers based on channel width, RSRQ averaged for a cell, TDMA requirements and many more.
  • Without geospatial access to each customer the process of understanding when it is time to upgrade, expand and re-deploy assets is challenging.
  • Unified Device Management allows for quick averages and easy tracking of all these variables.
  • Even on large pre-existing networks, Unified Device Management can quickly give an operator insight into where problems are and what cells are at capacity regardless of vendor specifications for cell load.