Huawei selects Ranplan for small cell network design

Huawei selects Ranplan for small cell network design

Information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei has selected UK-based Ranplan’s iBuildNet software tools for in-building wireless network design, simulation and optimisation.

Huawei signed a contract with Ranplan to allow its R&D Centre in Beijing to use iBuildNet, along with its advanced radio propagation tool Ranplan Radio Propagation Simulator (RRPS) and 3D in-building modelling software.

Huawei engineers will use 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 3GPP standardisation work.

The Ranplan tools revolutionise the design of LTE and WIFI networks, along with Tetra and PMR systems for buildings such as hotels, offices and shopping centres, and combined indoor-outdoor HetNets for facilities including campuses, business districts, stadiums, airports and stations.

Mobile services provider China Mobile 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 of the technology for China Mobile is the ability to analyse and minimise radio signal leakage.

Professor Jie Zhang, principle consultant at Ranplan and chair in wireless systems at the University of Sheffield, said: '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.'


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