Deploying cell sites is complex. Radios, antennas, cables, and power must be installed properly, then tested to verify the site is functioning as designed before the installation crew leaves.
Herein lies a problem. Whether testing RF, fiber, PIM or other parameters, test equipment is very sophisticated, and proper testing takes time. Contractors working on tight deployment schedules, may or may not have sufficient training to conduct the required tests.
This means tests often are incomplete or conducted improperly. Dispatching another crew to complete the testing just adds time and costs to get cell sites on the air.
Kashif Hussain, Solutions Marketing Director at VIAVI Solutions discusses with John Celentano, Inside Towers Business Editor these testing issues and ways to streamline them.