Huawei plots 3D-mapping course for small cell deployments

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Huawei is deploying 3D-mapping software by Ranplan in order to increase the efficiency of its small cell deployments.

The vendor signed a deal with the UK-based company to use its iBuildNet product to replace existing software that it uses for the design, simulation and optimisation of small cell networks.

The software uses 3D modelling of buildings, 3D ray tracing propagation, which calculates the path that waves take, and data analysis. Ranplan said its software is able to predict the quality of experience of small cell and HetNet deployments. It added that iBuildNet also optimises the access point locations, types of antenna, power and channel assignments.

China Mobile deployed iBuildNet last year in a bid to plan its small cell and HetNets, as well as run the rule over its network design and deploymet.

Graham Peel, CEO at Ranplan, said: “Huawei’s decision to standardise on iBuildNet reflects the exponential increase in demand for data services and the need for a new generation of tools that can speed up the design and reduce the cost of deploying ultra-dense outdoor/indoor wireless networks.

“Over 80 percent of traffic is currently consumed indoors, yet poor performance and user experience are often commonplace. In addition to dealing with complex structures, terrains and materials, radio planning for outdoor/ indoor environments also has to take into account issues such as interference with macro cells and support for multiple-system technologies.”

Earlier this month, Nokia Networks signed a deal with Nice Systems, buying advanced geolocation functions from the company. It said at the time that the deal would provide it with better 3D mapping capabilities.

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