Product at a Glance
Planet (formerly Mentum Planet) is a reliable, award-winning RF network planning and optimization software used by the majority of mobile operators and equipment vendors for RF planning, radio network and mobile network optimization, and mobile network performance management. Supporting all major wireless access standards, Planet addresses every stage of the mobile network lifecycle, from strategic RF planning to mobile network design and management, to re-planning and multi-technology and multi-vendor mobile network optimization, including 3D network planning, small cells and heterogeneous networks (HetNets) as well as IoT and 5G planning.
Through Planet’s state-of-the-art modeling capabilities and built-in automated mobile network planning (ANP) capabilities – including automatic cell planning (ACP), RF planning and optimization – engineers can select the best mobile network design and deployment scenarios, automate RF network planning, manage large-scale mobile networks and optimize mobile network performance. Planet’s capabilities allow mobile operators to improve radio network design quality, roll out next-generation networks faster, and ultimately improve network CAPEX and OPEX.
Leveraging the strengths of InfoVista’s portfolio, Planet offers live RF planning by integrating access to network testing and live data such as drive tests, highly accurate, geo-located call traces, temporal selections of network performance data and live mobile network configuration and parameters. It provides RF engineers with an accurate view of their mobile network’s current status, its evolving traffic demands and existing network issues. It also facilitates timely radio network planning and optimization decisions for areas of poor performance or quickly growing traffic demand. Last but not least, Planet enables easy hotspot identification for small cell roll-outs, more accurate network analyses as well as prediction-based mobile network optimization.
True Multi-RAN Support
Planet supports most of the commercially deployed wireless standards, including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, HSPA+, LTE (TDD and FDD), LTE-Advanced, IoT – both Non-Cellular (LoRa, Sigfox and other LPWA technologies) and Cellular (Cat-M, NB-IoT) LPWA –, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, cdma2000, EVDO, iDEN, TETRA, P25 and generic TDMA/FDMA systems using simulcast.
Live Mobile Network Planning Delivers Better Networks
Planet’s live RF planning capabilities give up-to-date mobile network views and enables RF engineers to focus on the right mobile network planning and optimization tasks. Live RF planning ensures that these processes are based on live mobile network configurations, actual traffic loads and known mobile network performance, achieved through Planet’s seamless integration with InfoVista's other solution portfolio – VistaNEO for subscriber-oriented network optimization and the entire TEMS portfolio for network testing
Outstanding Support for Small Cells and HetNets
Planet offers a full range of capabilities to support the successful deployment of small cells and HetNets, including strategic evaluation, backhaul considerations and automated network planning features to optimize the spectral efficiency and return on investment (ROI).
Advanced Antenna Modelling and Vendor-Managed Antenna Library
Unique to other RF planning tools in the market, Planet offers a thorough modeling of the antenna system that supports the most advanced techniques such as 3D Beamforming and Massive MIMO and makes it easy for users to get direct access to antenna data through an online, integrated antenna library.
Designed for Scenario-Based RF Planning and Automation
Planet offers unmatched capabilities for concurrently managing several mobile network planning scenarios, making it possible for operators to consider and compare various designs and select the best one. In addition, Planet comes with the ability to schedule and automate RF planning tasks, either locally or server-side with Planet Server.
Cost-effectively design and roll out 2G, 3G, LTE and LTE-Advanced networks
Planet offers complete support for most wireless access standards. From the product’s origin to today’s latest incarnation with full support for LTE-Advanced, Planet has remained a technological leader in the RF planning industry, and continues to deliver on its promise of supporting new and advanced radio access technologies before the market need even exists
Live Mobile Network Planning: Roll out optimized small cells and HetNets based on an accurate view of the live network
Planet’s live RF planning capabilities help RF planning and optimization engineers to to maximize mobile network performance and quality of mobile service. The integration of geo-located call traces, network performance data and live network configurations enables RF engineers to effectively plan and optimize small cells and HetNets, steering network investments and improvements to the areas where they will have the highest return.
Network Management - Handle the key asset, the wireless network’s reach, efficiently.
The ongoing management of a wireless network is no small task. Today's network planning solutions are an important part of a global ecosystem of OSS/BSS tools that, together, are meeting the needs of operators to manage the network and its evolution. Planet offers several capabilities that are uniquely suited to help operators better manage their wireless networks, including the openness of the platform with unmatched extensibility and programmability as well as the possibility of deploying Planet as an enterprise solution with comprehensive multi-user capabilities.
Dimension, plan, deploy and optimize LPWA networks
Planet’s IoT capabilities include support for both Non-Cellular (LoRa, Sigfox…) and Cellular (NB-IoT, LTe Cat-M) LPWA technologies, allowing network planners to adequately dimension, plan, deploy and optimize NB-IoT connectivity either as an independent network or on top of their existing LTE infrastructure with full visibility and control over the coverage and quality of all types of service.
Prepare for 5G with early use cases and pre-studies
With the recent addition of millimeter wave propagation as well as Massive MIMO and 3D beamforming capabilities, Planet is perfectly suited to support early studies on 5G dimensioning. Planet also offers the ability to proceed with the design of Fixed Wireless Access networks, leveraging millimeter waves to provide last mile connectivity at a lower cost than fiber. With support of future technologies available today, Planet provides the ideal platform for wireless ecosystem providers contemplating 5G features for their network of tomorrow.
With a need for real-time images and streaming videos from First Responder organizations, LTE public safety networks with high-speed mobile data are being utilized by these organizations. Being a true multi-RAN software, including support for P.25 and TETRA technologies, Planet is ideally suited to simplify the public safety community’s migration to LTE based systems.