The TechArk NOMA (Network Operator Measurement Activity) is focused on developing operator-driven network health measurements through the definition and promotion of self-instrumentation and information sharing.) This is all with a goal of ensuring a better, shared understanding of what “good” Internet looks like.
An important question is whether there is anything left to measure in operator networks? At an invitational workshop in June of this year, the answer seemed to be “why, yes, there is”.
Various measurements are made of and across networks today, but they are often done without the specific involvement of the operators of those networks, and therefore have to make guesses or generalizations about them. On the flipside, there’s a lot that goes into the customer’s experience of the Internet that can be adjusted and improved if network operators have a comprehensive instrumentation of their own networks.
The report from that workshop is now available here: http://www.techark.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/20160831-WorkshopReport-Final.pdf . Have a read through to see more about the experiences of one network operator that has implemented such instrumentation and possible paths forward to achieve the NOMA goal.