MCI's response to PQ on Methods to Audit Network Traffic Logs

Parliament Sitting on 14 April 2014

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

802. Ms Lee Li Lian: To ask the Minister for Communications and Information whether IDA uses technologically advanced and more accurate methods to audit mobile network traffic logs besides drive and walk tests and, if so, what are these methods.

Answer: 

      The Member is incorrect in suggesting that the IDA audits mobile network traffic logs by using drive and walk tests.  It is illogical to use network traffic logs to measure network coverage since by definition, network data logs can only measure performance within the network and cannot possibly measure coverage in an area if it is not covered by the network.  Hence, to measure network coverage, IDA uses drive-walk-cycle tests.  Measurements for call success rates and drop call rates are based on the operators’ network traffic logs.