Huawei and China Mobile have both selected Ranplan’s iBuildNet software tools for in-building wireless network design, simulation and optimisation.
Huawei, the major ICT solutions provider, has signed a contract with UK-based Ranplan to allow its R&D Centre in Beijing to use iBuildNet, along with Ranplan’s advanced radio propagation/channel modelling tool RRPS (Ranplan Radio Propagation Simulator), and 3D in-building modelling software.
Huawei engineers will be using the Ranplan tools to design and deploy small cell and heterogeneous networks and to enhance radio resource management. They will also use iBuildNet to investigate channel modelling for MIMO for LTE and LTE-Advanced, along with vital 3GPP standardisation work.
“The combination of iBuildNet’s best-in-class 3D environment modelling and RRPS will significantly enhance Huawei’s capability in studying MIMO and massive MIMO in indoor, outdoor and indoor-outdoor scenarios, which are crucial for small cell and HetNet deployment for LTE,” said Professor Jie Zhang, principal consultant at Ranplan and chair in wireless systems at the University of Sheffield.
China Mobile, the leading mobile services provider in mainland China, has also selected iBuildNet to evaluate third-party network design and deployment, as well as for the frequency planning of small cell and heterogeneous networks. One of the key features for China Mobile is the ability to analysis and minimise radio signal leakage.
The Ranplan tools revolutionise the design of 2G/3G/4G(LTE) and Wi-Fi networks, along with TETRA and PMR systems for single buildings such as hotels, offices and shopping centres, as well as combined indoor-outdoor HetNets for facilities including campuses, CBDs (Central Business Districts), stadiums, airports and stations.
iBuildNet and iBuildNet-Fi deliver advanced 3D building modelling, a fast and accurate 3D ray-tracing propagation engine and powerful measurement data analysis to design and simulate a wide range of wireless networks, from microcells, repeaters and distributed antenna system to heterogeneous networks with femtocells and Wi-Fi. They also support passive, active and hybrid signal distribution as well as multi-standard and frequency band solutions.
“We are delighted that Huawei and China Mobile have adopted our new in-building wireless network design solutions,” said Professor Zhang. “iBuildNet and iBuildNet-Fi represent the next generation of highly-automated tools that will be needed to deliver optimised in-building networks capable of meeting the exponential growth in network capacity demand and able to work alongside small cell SON (self organising networks) technology.”
Ranplan will be featuring its range of software tools for in-building wireless network design, simulation, optimisation and deployment at the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Wi-Fi Global Congress in Beijing this week (18-21 November 2013).