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Thai start-up develops low-cost 3G/4G network testing app

Posted: 28 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G? 4G? Azenqos? Android?

Telecom operators in Thailand who need to verify a mobile phone mast's signal can do so at a price 10 times lower than traditional testing tools, thanks to six developers from Freewill FX, a start-up company that introduced a 3G/4G network testing application in the country, Bangkok Post reported.

Dubbed as Azenqos, the network testing application is available on the Android platform. It works by enabling telecom operators to verify and measure the strength of a signal or to see how the average signal handles calls and data usage. Operators also get in-depth 3G/4G protocol data, which are critical in analysing and fixing technical problems.

Freewill FX developed Azenqos for Android in 2012, but its history stretches back to 2007. During that time, in order to measure the signal between the mast and the client, the company created the testing tools for AIS using the Symbian operating system. However, the technology's capabilities were limited as it can only show whether the signal was on or off.

Looking for other means to improve networks, the developers then turned to Android and the next-gen mobile technologies of Qualcomm programmes.

A few years earlier, vendors from United States, Europe and South Korea dominated 3G/4G testing tools, which were not only costly but also required special phones and firmware to run, Don Plooksawasdi, business development manager of Azenqos, said over at Bangkok Post. In addition, they needed expert engineers, notwithstanding the fact that they could perform only a limited scope test for snapshots of the network and user experience.

Such conditions failed to work in Thailand, where wide areas need to be tested with affordable test tools and relatively unskilled technicians.

Things have changed with the adoption of Azenqos. Not only does it offer comparable 3G/4G testing applications, it can also run on cheap local phones. Don added that it is also easy to use since users can simply press a button to generate a report.

On the other hand, analysing technical problems is not that simple. Telecom operators have to dig into loads of data, including signalling information, protocols and radio signals provided by the chipset. Azenqos makes it easy by retrieving all those data and displaying them for the engineers, so they can examine and solve the issues.

"The ability to access the chipset is what makes our application unique. We are the only company in the Asean Economic Community [AEC] to do so," he said in a report from Bangkok Post.

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