A proper small cell strategy is key for operators, and involves many factors, both commercial and technical. Different deployment scenarios need to be modeled, evaluated and compared in network planning and design software to establish the best business case.
InfoVista offers a whole range of wireless network planning features to support small cells and multi-technology HetNet deployments, from the evaluation of the traffic demand to automated network planning features, as well as detailed backhaul network design.
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Wireless networks are becoming increasingly complex thanks to the use of multiple radio standards and small cells. Wi-Fi is either deployed as a part of a heterogeneous network (HetNet) or as a stand-alone network. Small cells of mobile technologies, such as HSPA+ and LTE-Advanced, are primarily used to capture data traffic while providing relief for the macro layers.
A proper small cell strategy is key for operators, and involves many factors, both commercial and technical. Different deployment scenarios need to be modeled, evaluated and compared in network planning and design software to establish the best business case. The true nature of small cells — how they interact with and serve to optimize the current network — must be understood in order to fully realize the benefits they have to offer. By using network planning and design software, RF engineers can optimize the existing network and compare different technology options and backhaul solutions.
Planet (formerly Mentum Planet) offers a whole range of wireless network planning features to support small cells and multi-technology HetNet deployments, from the evaluation of the traffic demand to automated network planning features, such as the Automatic Cell Planning (ACP) to optimize the HetNet’s spectral efficiency. The detailed backhaul network design is done in Ellipse (formerly Mentum Ellipse), which is fully integrated with Planet.
Small cells are typically deployed in a city’s urban core, and the unique Metro Network Design package offers full 3D propagation modeling and 3D visualization of RF coverage. At the same time, InfoVista also offers telecom-graded geodata suitable for small cells wireless network planning.
Evaluate different small cell and HetNet scenarios with the “What-if” features to determine the best technology options from a business case point of view.
Optimize macro layer and base small cells deployment on additional capacity needs and the macro layer’s spectral efficiency.
Planet’s Metro Network Design package offers 3D network design and propagation modeling of dense city areas. Furthermore, it visualizes the coverage KPIs indoors in 3D. The Metro Network Design package enables engineers to develop better wireless networks in urban cores.
The sheer number of small cells deployed in a HetNet will put additional focus on the backhaul solution. Use Planet and Ellipse to evaluate different backhaul solutions, select potential small cell site locations based on backhaul criteria, and do the final backhaul design based on the actual small cells locations.
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