P3 communications, an international consulting, testing and engineering services company, is conducting an end-to-end analysis and comparison of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) performance in Washington, D.C. In addition to the U.S., P3 will conduct public benchmarks in Spain and the Netherlands later this year.
The drive tests's objective which will include circuit switched voice and smartphone data, is to provide a clear, objective and technically sound look at the network performance of the four major U.S. wireless carriers from the customer's perspective.
P3 will release a detailed report for the drive test in June, representing each carrier's performance as a "P3-Score," which is used to map the technical performance metrics to a common scale and to aggregate the achievements in the different test categories to one final count.
P3 said that it has been running similar annual public benchmarks in Germany since 2002 and in Austria and Switzerland since 2009, benchmarking wireless network quality and service performance.
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