Switzerland based network optimisation firm Ascom has been awarded a CHF1.2 million (USD1.29 million) contract by full service provider Swisscom to provide an upgrade to its existing benchmarking and network quality of service (QoS) monitoring as part of its ongoing LTE network rollout. Under the deal, Ascom will upgrade Swisscom’s existing TEMS products to support LTE, including ‘TEMS Automatic’ – which collects multichannel network data autonomously during test drives – and ‘TEMS Discovery’, which post-processes the data to provide detailed analytics and reports, enabling engineers to monitor and troubleshoot the performance of the network. The contract forms part of Swisscom’s strategy to handle future demand for mobile data transmission. Swisscom recently reported a 130% year-on-year increase in mobile data traffic in H1 2013, which it attributed to the introduction of its new pricing model in June 2012. Its NATEL Infinity packages provide subscribers with unlimited downloads at restricted speeds, with higher-value contracts offering faster transmission rates. By the end of June 2013, more than 1.3 million users had signed up to NATEL Infinity tariffs, equivalent to around a third of the cellco’s post-paid user base.