Call Analytics and Call Quality Dashboard
Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business give you two ways to monitor and troubleshoot call-quality problems: Call Analytics and Call Quality Dashboard (CQD). This article describes both and tells you when to use each one.
Call Analytics and CQD run in parallel and can be used independently or together. For example, say that a communications support specialist determines that they need more help troubleshooting a call problem. The communications support specialist passes the call to a communications support engineer, who has access to more information in Call Analytics than the communications support specialist. In turn, the communications support engineer can alert a network engineer to an issue. The network engineer can check CQD to see if an overall site-related issue could be a contributing cause of call problems.
What's Call Analytics, and when should I use it?
Call Analytics is now available in the Microsoft Teams admin center. To see all call information and data for a user, use the Call History tab on a user's profile page. To see the tab, either search for the user from the dashboard or find the user from the Users tab in the left navigation bar.
Call Analytics shows detailed information about the devices, networks, and connectivity related to the calls and meetings for each user in a Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business tenant account. Why did this user have a poor call this afternoon? With Call Analytics, an Office 365 admin or trained helpdesk agent can investigate the device, network, connectivity, and other factors related to a call to troubleshoot call quality and connection problems in Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business.
To see this information for a user in the Microsoft Teams admin center, click the Call History tab for that user in the user detail page to see all calls and meetings for that user in the last 30 days.
To get additional information about a given session including detailed media and networking statistics, click a session to see the details.
If you want non-admins (such as helpdesk agents from an external vendor) to use Call Analytics, you can assign permissions so that they can use Call Analytics, but they can't access the rest of the Microsoft Teams admin center:
- Helpdesk agents with communications support specialist permissions: Agents see a limited set of data and personally identifiable information (PII) in Call Analytics. They can troubleshoot calls, but they escalate problems with meetings to a communications support engineer.
- Helpdesk agents with communications support engineer permissions: Agents see all available data in Call Analytics and troubleshoot both calls and meetings. They have full access to call logs and customer information.
The communications support specialist role is equivalent to tier 1 support role from the preview portal and the communications support engineer role is equivalent to tier 2 support role from the preview portal.
For more information about the communications support specialist and communications support engineer roles, see Use Microsoft Teams admin roles to manage teams.
Helpdesk agent permissions and network topology upload are available in the Microsoft Teams admin center. Communications Support Specialists and Communications Support Engineers can use this portal to access Call Analytics and the Call Quality Dashboard.
For details about Call Analytics, see Set up Skype for Business Call Analytics. For more information about how Helpdesk agents can work with Call Analytics, see Use Call Analytics to troubleshoot poor call quality.
What's the Call Quality Dashboard, and when should I use it?
Call Analytics is designed to help admins and helpdesk agents troubleshoot call quality problems with specific calls. Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) is designed to help Teams admins, Skype for Business admins, and network engineers optimize a network. CQD shifts focus from specific users and instead looks at aggregate information for an entire Teams or Skype for Business organization. For more information, see Features of the Call Quality Dashboard for Teams and Skype for Business Online.
Suppose a user's poor call quality is due to a network issue that also affects many other users. The individual call experience isn't visible in CQD, but the overall quality of calls made using Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business is captured. With CQD, overall patterns may become apparent, so network engineers can make informed assessments of call quality. CQD provides reports of call quality metrics that give you insight into overall call quality, server-client streams, client-client streams, and voice quality SLA.
CQD's Location-Enhanced Reports aggregate call quality and reliability within a user's building. The data can be assessed to determine if the problem is isolated to a single user or affects a larger segment of users.
To enable building or endpoint-specific views in CQD, an admin must upload building or endpoint information on CQD's Tenant Data Upload page.
If you want non-admin users (such as helpdesk agents) to use Call Quality Dashboard, you can assign those users one of the following roles, which also have permissions needed to access Call Quality Dashboard:
- Global Administrator
- Global Reader
- Skype for Business Administrator
- Teams Service Administrator
- Teams Communications Administrator
- Teams Communications Support Engineer
- Teams Communications Support Specialist
- Reports Reader
The Teams Communications Support Engineer, Teams Communications Support Specialist, and Reports Reader roles cannot modify files on CQD's Tenant Data Upload page nor activate CQD for a tenant.
For more information about these roles, see About Office 365 admin roles.
For more information about CQD, see Turning on and using Call Quality Dashboard for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Online and Dimensions and measures available in Call Quality Dashboard for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Online.