Facebook, Ericsson & XL Axiata Improve Network Performance

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24/10/2014 Leave a comment

As part of Internet.org’s mission to bring affordable internet access to the two thirds of the world not yet connected, Facebook and Ericsson, in conjunction with XL Axiata, have created a new methodology to measure and improve end to end network performance using simulated Facebook application use cases.

Network-wide optimization implemented through the joint project delivered up to 70 percent improvement in app coverage.

In Indonesia, 75 percent of users are on 2G GSM/EDGE networks, yet the country has the fourth-largest Facebook user base in the world. The changing market realities in the country are reflected in XL Axiata’s network, where, in 2013, data traffic rose by 142 percent. More than half of the operator’s 62.9 million subscribers are data users and a majority of those use Facebook, according to XL Axiata estimates.

Working with XL Axiata, Facebook and Ericsson created a new methodology to measure and improve end-to-end network performance. The joint project developed a framework for evaluating user key performance indicators (KPI) based on simulated Facebook application use cases using a test agent and correlated these KPIs with network statistics. Through this process, user-impacting issues were identified and addressed throughout the network.

The resultant optimizations improved app coverage by up to 70 percent:

– Number of connections completed within three seconds improved up to 70 percent
– Time to content improved up to 70 percent
– Upload time improved up to 50 percent

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