Simulating Feet on the Street
Volcano proved to be the solution that Sprint needed. The platform swiftly adapts devices in the field into test units via an easy-to-use Android app. Test campaigns and scripts are developed from a central controller that sends messages to a relay server, which, in turn, sends test instructions to the terminals and collects completed test results. For Sprint’s 5G launch, the solution was a game-changer.
The Volcano test solution offers engineers complete flexibility to modify scripts for use-case testing as needed for specific troubleshooting. It also verifies consistency across all markets via a common benchmarking script, ensuring an apples-to-apples comparison of network performance.
Utilizing the Volcano platform, the Sprint engineering team did not only deploy test units en masse, but also scheduled high-volume use-cases during off-peak hours to minimize the impact to paying subscribers. Volcano enabled Sprint to orchestrate testing in a repeatable fashion, generate worst-case scenarios, make network adjustments when needed, and, ultimately, validate speeds on the street.