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HSPA+ - up Close and Personal, Down Under

  • Published: July 2009
  • 31 Pages
  • Signals Research Group, LLC

This is an individual issue from Signals Ahead, which can be viewed by following the link below.

In part two of this series on HSPA+ the publsher provides what they believe is now the most comprehensive, independent, and publicly available analysis of any commercially-deployed wireless network since the introduction of analog cellular technologies.

As such, this report, which includes more than 50 figures or tables, offers great insight to operators and vendors who are doing strategic planning, not to mention anyone seeking competitive information on the performance of the technology.

Over the course of a five day period, the publisher transferred 41GB of data and drove 400km while testing the network. During these tests, which included a Cat 14 (HSPA+, 21Mbps) USB dongle, a USB dongle that supported 5.7Mbps in the uplink, a Cat 9 (10.2Mbps) handset and a Cat 8 (7.2Mbps) handset, they used various test equipment to collect a wealth of underlying KPIs. These KPIs provided us with a rich set of data, thus allowing us to determine not only how the devices were performing (e.g., throughput), but why they were performing as they did.

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HSPA+ - up close and personal, Down Under
Key Conclusions
Test Methodology
HSPA+ Performance Benchmark Results
HSPA+ Stationary Results
HSPA+ Pedestrian Mode Results
HSPA+ Vehicular Mode Results
Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Test Results
Cat 9 versus Cat 8 Drive Results
HSUPA Test Results
The Real User Experience
Final Thoughts
Appendix

List of Tables
Table 1. Devices Used During the Tests
Table 2. Summary of Results and KPIs – Sierra Wireless USB306
Table 3. Summary of Results and KPIs – Sierra Wireless USB306
Table 4. Cat 8 versus Cat 9 Application Layer Throughput Results
Table 5. Measured Peak Data Rates and Latency
Table 6. Calculated Latency with Various Target Data Rates

List of Figures
Figure 1. Observed Application Layer Data Rates from the Westin Hotel Room (05/08, 0400hrs)
Figure 2. Westin Room at Desk
Distribution of throughput and modulation schemes (05/05, 0700hrs
Figure 3. Westin in Elevator
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/05, 1500hrs)
Figure 4. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Pedestrian Mode
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/05, 1500hrs)
Figure 5. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Pedestrian Mode
Geo plot of average throughput (05/05, 1500hrs)
Figure 6. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Pedestrian Mode
Geo plot of 64QAM Availability (05/05, 1500hrs)
Figure 7. Oh The Places We Did Go!
Geo plot of all test routes with speed (km/h)
Figure 8. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/07, 0500hrs)
Figure 9. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Drive Test
Geo plot of average throughput (05/07, 0500hrs)
Figure 10. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/07, 0400hrs)
Figure 11. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Drive Test
Geo plot of average throughput (05/07, 0400hrs)
Figure 12. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Drive test (Cat 14 only results)
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/05, 1845hrs)
Figure 13. Melbourne Cat 14 CBD Drive Test
Geo plot of 64QAM availability with Cat 14 and Cat 9 concurrent testing (05/06, 1730hrs)
Figure 14. Richmond Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/06, 1600hrs)
Figure 15. Richmond Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/06, 1630hrs)
Figure 16. Richmond at 14 Drive Test
Geo plot of average throughput (05/05, 1630hrs)
Figure 17. To Box Hill Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/08, 0430hrs)
Figure 18. To Box Hill Cat 14 Drive Test
Geo plot of average physical layer throughput (05/08, 0430hrs)
Figure 19. Box Hill #8 Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (06/08, 0800hrs)
Figure 20. Box Hill #8 Cat 14 Drive Test
Geo plot of average physical layer throughput (06/08, 0800hrs)
Figure 21. Box Hill #8 Cat 14 Drive Test
Geo plot of 64QAM Availability (06/08, 0745hrs)
Figure 22. “Long Drive” Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (06/07, 1100hrs)
Figure 23. “Long Drive” Cat 14 Drive Test
Geo plot of average physical layer throughput (06/07, 1100hrs)
Figure 24. Fitzroy Park Cat 9 Drive test
Distribution of normalized throughput, modulation schemes and assigned codes (05/06, 0600hrs)
Figure 25. Fitzroy Park Cat 14 Drive test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/05, 1730hrs)
Figure 26. Fitzroy Park Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Drive test (Cat 9 only results)
Distribution of normalized throughput, modulation schemes and assigned codes (05/06, 0645hrs)
Figure 27. Fitzroy Park Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Drive test (Cat 14 only results)
Distribution of normalized throughput, modulation schemes and assigned codes (05/06 0645hrs)
Figure 28. M1 Freeway Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Drive test (Cat 9 only results)
Distribution of normalized throughput, modulation schemes and assigned codes (05/06, 1300hrs)
Figure 29. M1 Freeway Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Drive test (Cat 14 only results)
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/06, 1300hrs)
Figure 30. M1 Freeway Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Drive test (Cat 14 only results)
Geo code plot of 64QAM Utilization Rate (05/06, 1300hrs)
Figure 31. Freeway Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Drive test (Cat 14 only results)
Geo code plot of HS-PDSCH Code Assignments (05/06, 1300hrs)
Figure 32. Swan Road Return Cat 9 versus Cat 8 Drive Test (Cat 9 only results)
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/06, 1145hrs)
33. Box Hill Cat 14 Drive Test
Geo code plot of 64QAM Utilization Rate
Figure 34. Box Hill Cat 14 Drive Test
Geo code plot of HS-PDSCH Code Assignments
Figure 35. Box Hill Cat 14 Drive Test
Geo code plot of 64QAM Utilization Rate
Figure 36. Observed Application Layer Uplink Data Rates from the Westin Hotel Room
SWIR 888 USB dongle (05/05, 0900hrs)
Figure 37. Total Receiver Power Fitzroy Park (Cat 14) (05/05, 1730)
Figure 38. Total Receiver Power Box Hill (Cat 14)
Figure 39. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/06, 1600hrs)
Figure 40. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput (05/06, 1630hrs)
Figure 41. Melbourne CBD Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/06, 1645hrs)
Figure 42. Richmond Cat 14 Drive Test Route (05/06, 1530hrs)
Figure 43. Richmond Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/06, 1730hrs)
Figure 44. Box Hill #2 Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/08, 0530hrs)
Figure 45. Box Hill #3 Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/08, 0545hrs)
Figure 46. Box Hill #5 Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/08, 0600hrs)
Figure 47. Box Hill #6 Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/08, 0630hrs)
Figure 48. Box Hill #9 Cat 14 Drive Test
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/08, 0830hrs)
Figure 49. M1 Freeway Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Drive test (Cat 9 only results)
Distribution of normalized throughput, modulation schemes and assigned codes (05/06, 1245hrs)
Figure 50. M1 Freeway Cat 14 versus Cat 9 Drive test (Cat 14 only results)
Distribution of normalized throughput and modulation schemes (05/06, 1245hrs)

In the publisher's first HSPA+ report the publisher examined many of the HSPA+ features and their potential performance benefits, and they provided the product roadmaps and availability dates for leading infrastructure and chipset suppliers. The publisher also provided their outlook for the dominant HSPA+ features by device type through 2015. Their first report was based on proprietary research, a culling of the 3GPP website, and interviews with many of the leading infrastructure suppliers, all of the major wireless IC suppliers, and operators representing an installed base of more than 235 million subscribers.

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