In this study, the authors present results of a call testing campaign using voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) technology on the radio access network of the operator Telecom Italia mobile. The quality of the voice call is expressed by means of the mean opinion score (MOS). The electromagnetic propagation environment has been reproduced within a reverberation chamber, and its effect on MOS has been evaluated by varying the signal strength, i.e. the reference signal received power and the signal-to-interference noise ratio. The aim is to find a correlation between the radio propagation environment and the perceived quality of the speech. Regardless of the networks technology, voice quality could be impacted by several factors: traffic load of LTE evolved Node B, quality of service, radio pathloss, mutual radio interference, multipath and so on. Interference and multipath are added to the useful signal in order to deteriorate the MOS, until the VoLTE calls dropped. Target of such work is to properly set the thresholds that trigger a handover of single radio voice call continuity to other radio access technologies (UMTS or GSM). Tests take also into account the adaptive multi-rate CoDec selected by the network.

Testing of VoLTE mean opinion score in reverberation chambers

Bastianelli L.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Moglie F.
Writing – Review & Editing
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Primiani V. M.
Writing – Review & Editing
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2020

Abstract

In this study, the authors present results of a call testing campaign using voice over long term evolution (VoLTE) technology on the radio access network of the operator Telecom Italia mobile. The quality of the voice call is expressed by means of the mean opinion score (MOS). The electromagnetic propagation environment has been reproduced within a reverberation chamber, and its effect on MOS has been evaluated by varying the signal strength, i.e. the reference signal received power and the signal-to-interference noise ratio. The aim is to find a correlation between the radio propagation environment and the perceived quality of the speech. Regardless of the networks technology, voice quality could be impacted by several factors: traffic load of LTE evolved Node B, quality of service, radio pathloss, mutual radio interference, multipath and so on. Interference and multipath are added to the useful signal in order to deteriorate the MOS, until the VoLTE calls dropped. Target of such work is to properly set the thresholds that trigger a handover of single radio voice call continuity to other radio access technologies (UMTS or GSM). Tests take also into account the adaptive multi-rate CoDec selected by the network.
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