MWC 2014 Preview: Ranplan launches free edition of in-building wireless network design tool

iBuildNet-Lite wireless network design tool helps to meet demand for indoor mobile data; free entry-level Lite edition available at MWC

MWC 2014 Preview: Ranplan launches free edition of in-building wireless network design tool

Ranplan is launching a free entry-level Lite edition of its successful iBuildNet, in-building wireless network design tool at Mobile World Congress.

The Lite software requires no specialist knowledge and enables users to rapidly model buildings in 2D and generate 2G/3G/4G(LTE) and Wi-Fi network designs and reports, including equipment lists, bills of materials (BOM), cable routing  and network layout reports, required for supply chain management and network deployment.

Users of the Lite edition can upgrade to more advanced iBuildNet products for radio performance analysis to meet more advanced design requirements. For example, projects created using the Lite software can be imported into iBuildNet to evaluate and optimize wireless network performance for capacity and coverage requirements. Ranplan offers a 30 day free trial of its commercially available iBuildNet tool.

“By offering a free Lite network design tool, we are able to demonstrate the usability of Ranplan design tools and provide a smooth pathway for upgrading to more advanced analysis and optimisation functionality as the demand for capacity and the complexity of wireless networks increases,” said Professor Jie Zhang, principal consultant at Ranplan and chair in Wireless Systems at the University of Sheffield.

iBuildNet uses advanced 3D building modelling along with a fast and accurate 3D ray-tracing propagation engine and powerful data analysis to automatically optimize Access Point (AP) locations, antenna type, power and channel assignment.

The Ranplan tools can be used to design and simulate a wide range of wireless networks from microcells, repeaters and distributed antenna systems to heterogeneous networks with femtocells and Wi-Fi, resulting in optimal network designs, which provide maximum coverage and capacity for reduced CAPEX and OPEX.

Ranplan tools also support passive, active and hybrid signal distribution as well as multi-standard and frequency band solutions, which complement SON (Self Organizing Networks) technology and network implementations.

Registration for iBuildNet Lite will be available on the Ranplan web site from 24 February.

Ranplan will be in Hall 7 on stand number 7B23 at Mobile World Congress. Ranplan is also exhibiting at the WBA Carrier Wi-Fi Summit, taking place at MWC 2014 in Hall 8 (Area B).


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