Ranplan showcases advanced indoor/outdoor network modelling for small cells, DAS and Wi-Fi at SCWS World in London

Alastair Williamson, CEO at Ranplan Wireless

At Small Cells World Summit in London, Ranplan Wireless will be featuring Ranplan Professional, its flagship product that bridges the gap between indoor and outdoor design to plan and deploy Small Cell, DAS and Wi-Fi networksacross in-building and densified urban environments in coordination.

And with 5G gaining momentum, Ranplan Professional also meets the urgent need for a new generation of design tools capable of planning 5G networks using the latest simulation and predictive modelling techniques.

Ranplan Professional can simultaneously model both indoor and outdoor environments, taking inputs for traditional in-building designs such as CAD and other image files and combining these with high-resolution geo-data to reproduce ahybrid real world virtual environment.

By providing high quality resolution imagery to accurately represent buildings andfoliage in large dense urban environment, designers can detect any obstruction that may impact signal propagation andmore accurately plan network deployment for small cells. This hybrid environment allows users to easily and accurately plan and simulate the performance of complex coordinated multilayer, multi-technology networks both indoor and out.

This insight provides a true picture of overall network, sector and subscriber performance prior to the network being deployed. Additionally, by leveraging the advanced 3D modelling, fast and accurate 3D ray-tracing, along with powerful data analysis, Ranplan Professional selects the best location type and output power for antenna placement and correct channel allocation for selected sectors to minimise interference and maximise capacity.

Designing and planning 5G networks presents a variety of technical challenges; in particular, how to design for short range, high frequencies that can still cope with demanding indoor and outdoor coverage and capacity levels. Ranplan Professional offers users a true 3D ray-tracing model covering frequency bands from 100MHz up to 70GHz, supporting 5G and mmWavetechnologies. It also features a device database of over 7,500 up-to-date components for both indoor and outdoor applications.

“With the arrival of 5G and the drive to deliver smart city initiatives and support the IoT, we believe Ranplan Professional will play a significant role in integrating small cells, DAS and Wi-Fi into in-building and combined in-building and dense urban outdoor environments, smart cities and public safety networks,” said Alastair Williamson, CEO at Ranplan Wireless.

According to recent Ericsson Mobility Report, video consumption is set to increase from 50% of all mobile traffic in 2017 to over 75% by 2023, while the number of IoT devices is also projected to reach 1.8 billion in 2023. “With the number of wireless devices and the data consumed by these devices rising significantly over the foreseeable future, mobile operators are focused on densifying their mobile networks by implementing DAS and small cells,” adds Williamson.

“To do this they need a tool that can design in-building and dense urban outdoor environments in coordination to accurately predict and simulate the effect of densification, so they can optimise their networks for increased capacity and coverage to deliver the best customer quality of experience.”

Visit Ranplan at SCWS the Novotel London West, Hammersmith International Centre from 21-23 May.

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