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Thursday, May 2, 2013

BlueSky Samoa: ServersCheck and Huawei

 Bluesky is a mobile telecom operator active in Samoa and American Samoa. It is the third operator in the Pacific to go live with our solutions for monitoring mobile base stations (cell sites) from our sister company, BTS Monitoring.   BTS Monitoring has developed a series of sensors compatible with the ServersCheck Sensorgateway that are especially designed to monitor mobile networks and cell towers.  You can find more information about BTS Monitoring on

The launching customers for our cell site monitoring solution in the Pacific were OPT New Caledonia and Norfolk Telecom.  

The solution implemented for Bluesky Samoa was installed inside Huawei manufactured outdoor cell sites.  The implementation was done together with our Australia & Pacific Rim partner, Duons Australia.

The solution consists of:
1) a ServersCheck sensorgateway allowing for monitoring environmental conditions inside the outdoor cell site.  Temperature in tropic countries like Samoa may pose a problem for cell sites as the equipment, such as the one from Huawei, has to operate below a maximum operating temperature of 60°C (or 140°F)

2) the BTS Monitoring Quality of Service sensor probe.  This sensor monitors non-stop the availability and performance of mobile services from an end-user perspective for signal strength (RSSI), call completion, SMS roundtrip time and data.  It monitors it for both 2G and 3G networks.

The first cell site of Bluesky Samoa to be deployed with our gear was the cell site on top of the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi office building in Apia, Samoa. 

The cell site is an outdoor Huawei 3G cell tower consisting of a 19" rack with half of the rack made of a battery bank and top half consisting of telecom equipment.  With its 0U design, the orange ServersCheck and BTS Monitoring unit easily integrates within the outdoor cell site.  The units are connected through the Cisco switch with the NOC.

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