Why Audio MOS testing is more important than ever!
Updated: Nov 12, 2020
Include Audio MOS testing to ensure superior QoS and QoE audio quality for your end users.
The beginning of an end for 3G Networks
Many mobile operators have taken the decision to switch off 3G in order to free up frequencies for 4G and 5G and some of them are already targeting to phase out 3G by the end of 2020. With all this talk on 5G and its new capabilities it is easy to forget that many end users have not actually transitioned to 4G yet.
This move by operators to phase out 3G and in some cases 2G networks will also encourage a move from the end users towards VoLTE enabled devices to ensure optimum quality of voice calls as the alternative will be circuit switch fallback (CSFB) to 2G which will not provide acceptable voice quality. The consumers are more demanding and when they have to make voice calls, they expect stellar audio quality.
It is not surprising that according to a consumer survey by Deloitte the number one reason in US why end users are leaving a mobile network is the voice quality. Voice quality remains an important factor for end users and many media review companies and Mobile Network Operators are now heavily including it in their testing scope. A European Operator will now include Audio MOS as part of their device acceptance process empathising the importance of Audio MOS testing.
SmartViser's unique fully test automated offering for Audio MOS scoring
At SmartViser we have noticed the increased number of requests from our OEMs and MNOs customers alike to include voice quality Audio MOS in the list of KPIs currently supported by viser™. Placing our customers at the heart of innovation our R&D have developed the first version of a fully automated Audio MOS scoring based on POLQA™ industry standard which was launched in 2019 with great feedback. viser™ test automation now includes Audio MOS measurement in the following states:
End To End
Scalable or Lab, Field testing and large-scale deployments
The Mean Opinion Score, or MOS as it is now widely known, assesses the quality of voice of calls using a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest quality) based on the scientific algorithm POLQA ™.A score of 1 means that despite great effort, it is impossible to understand what is being said during the call (the call repeatedly cuts in and out). A score of 5 means the quality is excellent, with no effort required to understand what is being said. The MOS makes it possible to compare a variety of codecs and audio connections.
The Audio Quality can be tested or monitored whatever the technology (2G-3G-4G-5G, VoIP: VoLTE - VoWifi, or mixed …). It offers great opportunities for OEMs/ODMs to fully test their device and ensure it decodes correctly and with the highest quality voice calls in any network infrastructure.