The scale of the network challenge is already significant, and only increasing. Whether it is building-out a nationwide network beyond initial city deployments, understanding how to dynamically share LTE and NR spectrum or maximizing the effectiveness of the latest RF technologies, you need to be able to draw on unparalleled scale and automation.
The cloudification of the NR network will be fundamental to your ability to scale your network while controlling CAPEX, accelerating network roll-out while targeting investments for maximum returns and introducing automated decision-making to optimize costs without sacrificing performance.
Planet Cloud, our cloud-native AI-powered RF planning platform allows you to dynamically scale LTE and NR network predictive modelling to encompass the entire network radio topology, providing automated network planning services within workflows such as nationwide coverage and throughput analyses, as well as networkwide optimizations.
A cloud-native architecture not only allows you to accelerate the roll-out of your network; it is also a central building block for delivering on the vision of a completely automated network with integrated processes. Cloud-native open APIs provide interoperability for 3rd party applications and services, while an integrated optimization of the end-to-end network lifecycle prevents the creation of silos and adds insights, intelligence and automation.
Planet Cloud brings elastic scalability and automation to your entire network for design and optimization practices with functions such as automation of Cell Planning. This allows you to quickly create and evaluate rollout and upgrade scenarios, extend the planning process beyond the RF realm to include ROI and performance KPI’s as part of unified workflows producing real-world executable results and move closer to true digital twins.
Planet Cloud adapts the state-of-the-art modelling and AI/ML-powered automated mobile network planning algorithms used and proven in our market leading Planet RF planning software. Now optimized for docker-based performance and scalability and fully native in a Linux environment, the cloud-native architecture of Planet Cloud means it can be easily deployed in any public, private or hybrid cloud environment.
The result is that you can plan and automate network-wide RAN investment decisions to improve radio network design quality, roll out next generation networks faster and, ultimately, improve network CAPEX and OPEX efficiency.
Features & use cases
Networkwide visualization and KPI’s
The value of any simulation-based planning solution is tied to its ability to emulate real-world conditions. Planet Cloud excels at accurately modelling changes to the network configuration prior to implementation so you can benefit from accurate budgeting and efficient planning that results in an optimal return on investment across your entire deployed network.
It leverages horizontal scalability, not only with cell-level predictions but also with networkwide coverage/interference/throughput plots, multilevel statistics from cell to market to national or any combination thereof, benefits from resource autoscaling to scale reliably, and supports any geographical reporting requirement, with time and OPEX reductions.
Wireless networks are continuously evolving as the operator adapts to the growing customer traffic demand while modernizing, expanding, and optimizing the network. Historically several departments would work independently to arrive at roll out and system optimization/expansion goals. Planet Cloud Smart CAPEX Planning brings the ability to model ROI as part of the strategies to rollout or expand/optimize, allowing for the full picture of investment to performance to be correctly managed at all stages of the network lifecycle.
Planet Cloud’s native ability for integration with systems such as Performance Management and Call Analytics offers unmatched capabilities when it comes to the management of several scenarios concurrently, making it possible for the operator to consider various designs and compare them before selecting the best one, in an automated process.
Use case specific workflows
The introduction of Planet Cloud enables adaptable Web UI’s specifically tailored to end user workflows, removing the complexity often involved with RF Planning applications. User specific UI and content extend the usefulness of Planet Cloud to other parts of the organization such as direct ROI and forecasting reporting to the CxO or coverage and availability mapping for Customer Support and Marketing teams.
Being cloud-native with true core microservices allows for local customization of user control, UI and datasets presented for each use case or job role.
Nationwide coverage automated optimization
Planet Cloud supports continuous optimization, site selection process, for new technology deployments (such as NR) across your entire network. Making use of cloud-native elastic horizontal scalability enables nationwide site selection scenarios, particularly in the context of CAPEX optimization.
The cloud-native architecture benefits from resource autoscaling to scale reliably, offering unparalleled scale and automation.
Regulatory conformance automation
Planet Cloud’s ability to use external data sources allows for such use cases as automatic regulatory requirement checking as part of the cell design process, using boundaries and configurations to automatically optimize cells to avoid any infringements.