The Official Story on AT&T Mark the Spot

by: Mark Austin and Mike Wish, Tue Oct 05 16:47:00 EDT 2010

Customers and engineers evaluate the network differently. Engineers want precise metrics:  data speed, retainability, throughput. Customers care about completing calls, fast downloads, and smooth playing of video and music.

What's the overlap between the two domains? To find out, AT&T created the Mark the SpotSM app. It lets customers easily report problems they care about while automatically appending the network metrics needed by engineers.

The resulting data, when analyzed by AT&T Research and Network Teams, helps AT&T better understand both the network and customers, prioritize upgrades, and validate other data sources.

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