iBwave Solutions has announced the release of its latest network capacity planning product suite - iBwave Release 8. The release contains new functionality, which identifies high-traffic hotspot zones inside venues and provides users with the ability to define capacity requirements at both user profile and venue levels.
iBwave argues that together with the latest versions of iBwave Design and iBwave Wi-Fi, the suite of products will help radio engineers change the way in-building traffic and capacity are planned today.
The exponential growth in mobile data consumption and the end user expectation to stay connected anywhere, anytime present a continuous challenge to system integrators and enterprise IT departments as they struggle to accurately predict and plan for traffic and capacity needs, iBwave stated.
While traditional spreadsheet based methods offer a basic solution, they are often inaccurate and error prone leading to sub-optimised networks. iBwave Release 8 provides the HetNet capacity planning solutions that the industry needs, as it gears up to handle the growing number of enterprise HetNet deployments, the company said.
“The addition of capacity planning, integrated with iBwave's already powerful platform capabilities for 3D facility modelling and RF analysis, brings sophisticated user density and airtime demand modelling that is required to handle the increasing data consumption occurring on Wi-Fi networks,” said Andrew von Nagy, Wireless Networking Expert and Owner of Revolution Wi-Fi.
He added: “iBwave Wi-Fi provides telecommunications operators and carriers a unified RF design platform that serves the increasingly connected cellular and Wi-Fi industries, and allows operators to leverage a single platform to design and deploy both networks in parallel”.
“Today’s enterprise success and failure depends largely on how well connected and informed its workforce is”, said Benoit Fleury, VP of Product Line Management. “Following extensive feedback from leading operators and integrators worldwide, iBwave has brought HetNet capacity planning to a whole new level surpassing traditional spreadsheet methods in terms of ease and efficiency – be it for licensed, unlicensed or a holistically integrated set of technologies.”