on 14 October 2014.
Ericsson and Facebook have announced a new methodology to measure and improve end-to-end network performance by using simulated Facebook applications.
As part of a joint Internet.org project exploring ways to bring network coverage to unconnected regions, the two companies have developed a framework for evaluating key performance indicators on Indonesian operator XL Axiata’s network.
Indonesia is the forth-largest Facebook user base in the world, yet 75 percent of users are on 2G networks.
By correlating KPIs gathered from application use cases with network statistics, Ericsson and Facebook said were able to improve app coverage by up to 70 percent.
Specifically, they said they were able to improve both the number of connections completed within three seconds and the amount of time it look to load content.
Meanwhile, the amount of time it took to upload content was improved by up to 50 percent.
A White Paper detailing the findings is available here.
Chris Daniels, VP of Internet.org at Facebook, said: “We have a model for improving network performance that can be applied globally by mobile network operators. This will help ensure we have more efficient use of existing network capacity and resources, which is key to delivering on our mission to close the connectivity gap.”
According to Johan Wibergh, Executive Vice President and Head of Segment Networks at Ericsson, the project has “raised the bar” in terms of understanding, measuring and improving app coverage.
XL Axiata CEO Hasnul Suhaimi added: “We believe app coverage is essential and correlating Facebook application use cases with network-wide statistics has proven to be an innovative and efficient way to detect and address network optimization opportunities.”
Internet.org launched in August 2013 by and includes Ericsson, Facebook, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung as founding members.
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