Ellipse

  • Proven enterprise-grade microwave link planning and transport network optimization solution

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Product at a Glance

Ellipse (formerly Mentum Ellipse) supports the entire lifecycle of mobile backhaul and other transmission networks. With Ellipse, microwave-link planning and transmission engineers can improve their transmission and backhaul networks’ ROI and increase their operational efficiency.

Ellipse offers state-of-the-art microwave link planning and frequency planning technology with support for both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint microwave networks. Its innovative transport planning features enable transmission engineers to plan and optimize network topology, traffic routing and link utilization. By integrating live backhaul network performance management data and traffic loads into the planning process, transmission engineers can optimize the capacity of the backhaul network to match actual and expected traffic loads and avoid bottlenecks, all while meeting availability targets.

Ellipse: Mobile and small cell microwave backhaul planning for both line-of-sight (LOS) and NLOS wireless networks
Ellipse: Mobile and small cell microwave backhaul planning for both line-of-sight (LOS) and NLOS wireless networks

Ellipse provides transmission engineers with unmatched microwave and millimeter-wave link engineering capabilities, including extensive support for all of the models required for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint link performance analysis as well as frequency planning. The microwave link planning tool also offers line-of-sight (LOS) planning and non-line-of-sight planning (NLOS) with advanced reflection analyses in urban areas to aid in small cell backhaul planning.

With unique features such as a topology designer, 3D viewer, off-path obstruction view and Automatic Channel Allocation, Ellipse allows transmission planning engineers to cost-efficiently meet reliability, capacity, quality and availability objectives for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint backhaul networks. Additional features also increase the operational work efficiency of microwave engineers such as the ability to generate customized microwave link reports in bulk.

What truly makes Ellipse stand out is its ability to manage and optimize large-scale transmission and transport networks so operators can minimize network CAPEX.

Key Features

Unmatched Microwave Engineering

Ellipse (formerly Mentum Ellipse) offers unmatched microwave engineering capabilities with extensive support for all of the models required for thorough link performance analysis, including propagation models, rain rate models, multi-path models, diversity models, MIMO and performance and availability models, to name a few.

Operator-Grade Capabilities

Ellipse offers the ability to optimize the topology, spectrum utilization and capacity of large-scale mobile backhaul networks, while achieving quality and availability targets.

Rich Geographical User Interface

Ellipse provides a rich geographical user interface with well-known standard map formats, multi-resolution support and powerful layer display options, such as the 3D display of dense urban areas. Online, free-of-charge digital mapping data (SRTM) can also be used to shorten project configuration time.

Open, Next-Generation Platform

Ellipse uses a next-generation, .NET-based software architecture. For engineers, this means a solution that is faster, flexible, more reliable and future-proof.

Network Performance Module

From within Ellipse, users can connect to and use KPIs from VistaInsight, InfoVista’s network performance management solution. Network KPIs can also be imported through an Excel interface, and RAN traffic data can be imported directly from Planet. View and analyze the evolution of RAN traffic loads and performance KPIs over time.

Use Cases

Planning and Optimization of Mobile Backhaul Network

Ellipse (formerly Mentum Ellipse) supports the planning and optimization of mobile backhaul networks, especially the planning of microwave and millimeter-wave links. It enables mobile operators to cost-efficiently meet reliability targets (e.g. 99.999%) or quality and availability targets, while optimizing the transmission network layout and transport parameters.

LOS and NLOS Microwave Link Planning for Large Network Deployment Projects

Planning of point-to-point and microwave link networks are supported in Ellipse. The enterprise-grade solution and the flexible workflows enable transmission engineers to optimize network topologies, spectrum utilization and equipment selections, to meet the capacity and availability requirements for the largest Tier-1 backhaul network rollouts.

Efficient Backhaul Infrastructure Management

Ellipse’s multi-technology modelling capabilities allow engineers to plan, consolidate, optimize and manage microwave links, millimeter-wave links, optical fiber and IP backhaul infrastructure within a single tool and database. The ability to generate and export tailored infrastructure reports in bulk allows engineers to spend their valuable time on productive mobile backhaul network planning and network optimization activities.

Small Cell Backhaul Planning Including NLOS Planning

Ellipse supports NLOS planning on both high-frequency (i.e. 20-100 GHz) and low-frequency (i.e. sub-6 GHz) bands. Both solutions are used in mobile backhaul.