Ranplan enhances its iBuildNet Wi-Fi and cellular planning tool

New capabilities mean network planners can now integrate cellular technologies and Wi-Fi to produce heterogeneous networks rather than having to design them in isolation

Ranplan enhances its iBuildNet Wi-Fi and cellular planning tool

Ranplan has introduced new enhancements to its iBuildNet Professional tool to allow users to perform cross-system design and simulation with accurate modelling of coverage, traffic steering and handover between LTE and Wi-Fi systems.

The company added the new capabilities as mobile operators are embracing Wi-Fi to deliver coverage and capacity for the enterprise market and both indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi and cellular networks need to be planned in co-ordination.

“WiFi is now an integral part of any overall solution to provide seamless connectivity and capacity for in-building and metropolitan environments,” said Graham Peel, CEO at Ranplan. “Previously, LTE and Wi-Fi networks were designed in isolation, but now network planners can fully-integrate multiple cellular technologies together with Wi-Fi to create truly heterogeneous networks.

“This allows network operators to optimise existing network assets and efficiently use previously under-utilised capacity to deliver an improved customer quality of experience.”

Ranplan claims its iBuildNet is the only truly heterogeneous network planning, optimisation and simulation solution that supports small cell, Wi-Fi and DAS networks, across both indoor and outdoor environments.

Using advanced 3D modelling, fast and accurate 3D ray-tracing, along with powerful data analysis, iBuildNet automatically optimises the selection of AP location, antenna type, power and channel assignment.

Ranplan will be showcasing the latest version of iBuildNet Professional at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month (22-25 February 2016).

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