Spectrum is the most valuable asset for mobile operators due to its role as the base for service coverage and capacity. Its full utilization is crucial for network performance particularly when data speeds have become the key driver for operators’ network strategies.
Any Interference on the usable spectrum results in deteriorating or disrupting the useful signal as it travels along the channel between its source and its receiver. So, Interference simply refers to the addition of unwanted signals to a useful signal.
Interference can be caused by effects within the system (internal interference) or outside the system (external interference).
RF interferer causes network receivers to intermittently experience errors when decoding signals, which results in data retransmissions or service disruption. Thus, interference hunting tools have been always required to enable network engineers to detect, locate and analyze the interferer and its source.
While conventional RF spectrum analyzers used to be known for its performance, however, such devices are not that friendly nor appropriate for field use. Besides, its complex capabilities required experts to get the mission done.
Consultix spectrum analyzers’ family comprises the WaVue -4™ and MTM-427s which are both designed to be cost effective devices that maintain adequate performance and accuracy while fulfilling the field needs for a compact, easy-to-use, and convenient tool that covers most of wireless bands ranging from LMR, TETRA, Public Safety, 2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi, WiMax and reaching out to the 3.5 GHz CBRS band.
Both products come with useful features and gadgets required for interference hunting application such as spectrogram waterfall display, multi-tracing, proportional beep, minimum hold function and data logging.