By Bernard Breton, SVP, Americas and APAC and Chief Marketing Officer, InfoVista
After being awarded a Pipeline 2013 Innovation Award and a 2012 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award, I am very pleased to share that our innovative, industry-leading product, Mentum Planet is continuing its award streak. Mentum Planet has been selected as the winner of the Cell Sites category in this year's Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition! We were up against some worthy competitors — AT&T and SpiderCloud were also named finalists for their Cell Sites innovations — and are honored to have been selected by the carrier-only panel of judges as the winner in this category.
Small cells have proven to be an important solution to manage the rising demand for network capacity, but many mobile operators are still struggling to efficiently deploy this technology. While small cells can be deployed tactically to maintain consistent network performance, mobile operators must also consider and plan for future data traffic growth and network expansions.
These long-term deployments require sufficient planning to ensure they achieve the desired results. As such, mobile operators must rely on state-of-the-art wireless access network planning and design and network optimization capabilities, like those within Mentum Planet, to define and execute an effective small cell strategy. Mentum Planet's 3D visualization, advanced traffic modeling and automated design capabilities are revolutionizing this planning process by enabling operators to establish an in-depth understanding of the mobile network and quickly develop and analyze the outcome of their small cells plans. All in all, that means mobile operators can ensure they are deploying small cells where they are needed most and preparing their networks for future demands while minimizing roll-out costs.