ICS telecom EV

Leading industry tool for radio network planning and spectrum engineering.

Multiple technologies – One solution:

IoT • LTE • 5G • Radar • HF • Microwave links • RRL • Broadcasting • Wind farms • Maritime • Aviation & UAV • Critical communications • Mobile & fixed networks • Satellites • Spectrum engineering • Radio-localization • White space • Dynamic spectrum • Co-existence

Planning, modelling and regulating radiocommunications in the frequency ranges 8kHz to 350GHz requires the computation of connectivity, traffic flow and interference between subscribers and nodes and other assets within any network. This is a core function of ICS telecom EV.

ICS telecom EV – EVolution, incorporates analysis methods from leading institutions including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). ICS telecom EV is a mature application which is continuously developed. It is used by regulators, systems integrators, network operators and consultants worldwide.

In today’s multi-technology market, it is essential that any software tool considers such interactions in a technology service and topology-neutral fashion.

ICS telecom EV is the ideal tool for planning homogeneous and heterogeneous wireless networks. Its statistics-capability also allows virtual networks to be modelled. ICS telecom EV covers every established spectrum-dependant technology; emerging technologies are added once they have defined methods. Planning can be manual or automatic on standalone machines or networked computers.

Performances & Features

ICS telecom EV produces fast, accurate results easier than ever, taking radio network planning to new levels.

ICS telecom EV supports large projects and offers functionality to manage every radio technology. ATDI can add new functions and features on demand in a fast and efficient manner.

ICS telecom EV offers unprecedented efficiency and flexibility, wrapped up in an affordable price.

ICS telecom EV offers a generic approach to propagation channel modelling: 3D map-based deterministic propagation models to fulfil all VHF/UHF/SHF/EHF requirements simultaneously.

ICS telecom EV features Skywave, Groundwave, LOS – Diffraction – Sub-path – 3D reflections (diffusion and partial specular) – Absorption & entry loss – Troposcattering – Ducting – Gaseous attenuation – Rain & Snow attenuation – Fog & cloud attenuation…

ICS telecom EV supports all stages of network ownership and spectrum regulation, including tasks such as:

  • Interference analysis and frequency planning
  • EMC
  • GSM-R inter modulation
  • Health safety
  • Co-existence management studies
  • Population and traffic analysis
  • Automatic model tuning
  • Advanced reporting capabilities
  • Mixed indoor & outdoor calculations
  • White space device calculations
  • Dynamic spectrum allocations
  • Technology evaluation
  • Site candidates
  • Business modelling
  • Network design
  • Automatic network planning and optimization
  • Spectrum optimization
  • Spectrum engineering
  • Spectrum monitoring
  • Network proving
  • Engineering data sharing
  • System administration
  • Network optimization
  • Regulation constraints
  • Environment constraints
  • Prospective planning
  • Wind turbine interference modelling
  • International, bi-lateral and regional coordination
  • Uses a variety of data sources including GIS (multi-maps, multi-resolutions, WMS, WMTS)
    • Clutter builder, DTM/DEM tool kits, urban builders, high resolution building builder, import/export vector and raster formats, SRTM support and an online database of cartography
    • Raster (ortho, topo, plan, cadaster) and vector layers, Bing, Here, Google, Open Street Map, World topo, Geoportals: PL, CZ, D, F, NOR, IT, UK, NZ, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Catalunya, Sweden, Croatia and more. Street View
    • Multi-map/multi-resolution integrated GIS
  • Manages all wireless technologies from 8kHz to 350GHz
  • Clustering (Smart Grid, Smart cities, Mesh, 5G…)

Supports: HF, MF, VHF, UHF, SHF, EHF – Features more than 50 propagation models (including ITU, 3GPP, COST, NTIA…) and a dedicated API (C/C++/C#).

Benefits from an accurate propagation engine, ICS telecom EV features radio-localization: angle of arrival (AOA), time difference of arrival (TDOA), RSSI and hybrid (combination of AOA, TDOA and RSSI). Features also include multilateration and monitoring sensor efficiency maps.

ICS telecom EV offers API (C/C++/C#) to develop Add-ons (i.e. monitoring interfaces, interference and frequency assignment, reporting, real-time processing, import/export…). ICS telecom EV features command line options and XML commands (ACTION CODES) for integration into third party applications or “Black box” calculations.

ICS telecom EV supports analog and digital broadcast technologies including radio, TV, analog and digital land mobile (PMR), mobile technologies (2G/3G/4G), WiFi, WiMAX, radar, satellite and microwave. It also supports broadband wireless access, AMR, smart grids, IoT, point to point, point to multi-point, HF, aeronautical and UAVs.

ICS telecom EV supports coexistence studies between different technologies from 10 kHz to 450 GHz.

ICS telecom EV manages all wireless technologies including:
AM, FM, HR radio, TVA, PMR, TETRA, DAB, DMB, DTV, DVB, VOR, ILS, COM, GSM, GSM-R ETCS and non ETCS, DCS, LTE, eMBMS, SRD, RLAN, DRM, MFAM, WiMAX, CDMA, WCDMA, CDMA 2000, WIBRO, ISDB, ATSC, CMMB, DME, DMR, WIFI, MLAT, SCDMA. HF, Satellites (GSO, NGSO, constellations), Microwave links, RRL, 5G, Mesh networks, smart grids, LoRa, RPMA, AMR, P2P, P2MP, Wind turbines, Radar (Ground, Air), Direction finding and user defined technologies.

Technology domains:
• Broadcast
• Regulation
• Network Operators
• Manufacturers
• RF Consultants

ICS telecom EV is capable of modelling adaptive thresholds, threshold degradation, fixed modulation, adaptive modulation, SISO, MIMO, AAS, TDD, FDD, COFDM, SFN, MFN and more.

ICS telecom EV enables engineers to develop effective networks rapidly and economically for both indoor, outdoor, indoor/outdoor and mixed environments (urban, rural, offshore) in 3D, with a resolution up to 0.1m (Indoor: 0.01m).

ICS telecom EV can be applied to all modern radio networks, whether fixed or mobile and in the frequency range 8kHz to 350GHz. This includes aeronautical systems, broadcast – TV and radio, cellular, fixed radio access, land mobile, marine systems, microwave bearer, mobile data, paging, radar, satellite and telemetry.

ICS telecom EV applies a generic approach to propagation channel modelling and a deterministic propagation model to fulfil all VHF/UHF/S/EHF requirements consecutively.

ICS telecom EV uses a map-based approach to generic modelling and features components to cover propagation scenarios from  30 MHZ to 350 GHz.

ICS telecom EV provides benefit at all stages of network ownership and management. It handles areas such as:

• Technology evaluation
• Identifying ‘best site’ candidates
• Business modelling
• Network design and planning
• Spectrum optimization
• Spectrum monitoring
• Network proving
• System administration
• Network optimization
• Regulatory constraints
• Environmental constraints
• Prospective planning
• International, bi-lateral and regional coordination

ICS telecom EV manages:

• All wireless technologies from 10 kHz to 450 GHz
• White space spectrum
• Clustering (Smart Grid, Mesh, 5G…)

ICS telecom EV features:

• Data-sharing functions
• Integrated GIS (multi-maps, multi-resolutions, WMS, WMTS)
• Cartography library including a clutter builder, DTM/DEM toolkit for urban builders and indoor projects. A high resolution building builder to import/export vector and raster formats and a SRTM library.
• Raster (ortho, topo, plan, cadaster) and vector layers, Bing, Here, Google, Open Street Map, World topo, Geoportals: PL, CZ, D, F, NOR, IT, UK, NZ, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Catalunya, Sweden, Croatia… Street View

ICS telecom EV license includes:

  • Technical support
  • Bing maps key
  • Access to free digital elevation models (DEM) and clutter data
  • Flexible licensing (Soft key, USB standalone key or USB network key)
  • Online documentation (download access)
  • CRM account
  • FTP account

Nb. Maintenance contract can be renewed annually for perpetual licences

Recommended configuration

  • Memory: 16 GB or higher
  • Storage: 500 GB
  • Hard drive: SSD 256 GB
  • Internet access
  • Processor: x64 multicore
  • Graphic card: 2GB, OpenGL compatible, Full HD (1920*1080)
  • OS: Windows 10, Windows Server 2016

Supports

  • Multi-processing
  • UHD 2k 4k
  • ANSI and Unicode
  • Multiple languages and user translations
  • Parallelism (64 bits versions)
  • Citrix, VMware
  • Windows XP (32 bits versions), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows server 2012

ICS telecom EV – a multi-technology platform for spectrum engineering & advanced radio planning

• Featuring fixed, mobile, broadcast, satellite, P2P, P2MP from 8kHz to 350GHz.
• Spectrum engineering
• Spectrum monitoring
• Interference analysis and frequency planning
• EMC
• GSM-R intermodulation
• Health safety feature
• International and regional coordination
• Automated network planning and optimization
• Population and traffic analysis
• Automated model tuning
• Advanced reporting capabilities
• Mixed Indoor / Outdoor calculations
• Co-existence management studies
• White-space device calculations
• Wind turbine interference and constraints
• Prospective planning

Features:

• Site searching, site candidates, optimization
• Coverage calculations (UL/DL)
• Reverse coverage calculations
• RSCP coverage calculations
• Pilot coverage calculations
• Direction finder coverage efficiencies
• Direction finder localization efficiencies
• Radar coverage plots
• Microwave link path budgets
• Traffic analysis
• Coordinated multi-point operation
• Coverage analysis: composite coverage, best servers, closest server, overlapping, simultaneous servers, CX received
• Interference on best server, global interference, protected field strength, SNIR, RSRQ, RSRP, SOFDMA, C/I, C/N+I, threshold degradation, protection margin, interference on serving cell, server position, 1st to 3rd server, normal and log-normal distributions, multiple log-normal signals, Ec/I0 forward, Ec/I0 pilot pollution, Eb/N0, SFN, COFDM, MFN vs SFN, power sum, quadratic power sum, power flux density, margin, reliability, delay spread, time of arrival, differences, TDOA, TSOA, DME (multilateration), handover, Macro diversity (adaptive thresholds)…
• Frequency planning and advanced interference analysis (multiple constraints)
• Population, area and polygon analysis
• Co-existence between analogue and digital networks
• Frequency planning and spectrum optimization
• SFN and COFDM network planning and optimization
• Point to Point analysis, interference and frequency assignment
• Microwave link network design
• Point to multi-point analysis, interference and frequency assignment
• Ground satellite stations
• Satellite (coverage, interference) NGS, GSO and constellations
• Cell planning
• Coverage analysis
• Site validation
• Network analysis
• Network design and roll-out
• Multi-service traffic modeling
• Direct calculation modes (profiles, indivisibility, FS calculation, site searching)
• Full 3D radio planning
• Enhanced prospective planning
• Route planning
• Area planning
• Station and site parameter optimization
• Site searching (target points, polygons, lines, path)
• Network frequency usage
• RDS and TDAB code assignment
• Physical layer cell identities
• Grade of service, Erlang and throughput maps
• Radar interference
• Microwave link adaptive modulation support
• COFDM enhancement by mixing SFN/MFN networks
• COFDM: first server/strongest server/first server+margin/maximum C/I
• Delay spread
• Coverage server selector
• Station sorting
• Improved vector selection
• Raster ops: clutter / building
• Coordinate converter
• HCM antenna builder
• IRF/NFD calculator
• Color mixing preview and 3×3 filters
• Sector service area display
• Radiated cable support
• Station azimuth and tilt optimization
• Satellite interference UL/DL (space ->earth and earth->space)
• Neighbor calculation improved (RSRQ checking, inter-networks, ordering)
• Threshold limited polygon calculations
• Clustering (Smart grids, mesh networks…)
• Delay spread, TOA
• Publish coverage, stations, microwave links, status of service on the web
• Access to BRIFIC
• Export to Google Earth (composite and site by site coverage)
• Vector line milepost (railways, highways)

WHITE-SPACES

White space map calculations for multi-technologies:
• Devices or routers vs licensed service areas (C/I mode)
• Licensed services vs devices or routers (IRF and C/I modes)
• Licensed services vs earth satellite Rx (GSO, NGSO, constellations)
• Devices vs devices or routers vs routers or devices vs routers (IRF mode)
• Devices or routers vs polygons or routes (PFD)

From UKPM files (from 0.01m to 100m resolution)
• LTE vs DTT
• WSD vs DTT
• Multiple log-normal signal calculator (Schwartz & Yeh / Fenton-Wilkinson)
• UKPM household automatic update
• Up to 100,000 interferers (base stations) by DTT channel
• Up to 2,000,000 interferers (WSDs) by DTT channels

Export data formats:
• Matrices (form 0.01 m to 1000 m resolution)
• XML
• SQL

WSD vs DTT features:
• Significant choice of propagation models
• Multiple resolution maps (from 0.01 m to 1000 m)
• White-space devices: Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
• Rejection: ETSI EN 301 598
• Household distribution
• WSD distribution
• ATPC
• DTT white-space maps
• TVWS availability maps (C/I, permitted power levels)
• Spurious emissions
• Interference analysis: multiple scenarios
• Rx antenna discrimination (ITU-R 419, OET69, User defined) (DTT user)
• Automatic DTT selection
• Foreign DTT transmitters
• Offline/online Worldwide database (Location, Channels, Power levels, WSD classes)
• Export WMAS (Google map, Bing Map, OSM) or EPSG:4326
• Web services

LTE PLANNING FEATURES

• Throughput maps
• Carrier aggregation
• LTE PCI planning (maximizing and optimization modes)
• LTE RSI planning (maximizing, randomizing and optimization modes)
• LTE parenting
• CQI and throughput mapping support
• ICI enhancement
• System overhead calculator
• MIMO SD / SU / MU / AAS support
• SNIR maps (PDSCH, PDCCH, PBCH)
• RSRQ maps
• RSRP maps
• Maximal and n-maximal RSRP value for each pixel (RSRP coverage analysis /servers/1st, 2nd, 3rd server)
• Probability of getting a given RSRP value over a defined threshold (normal distribution SNIR function)
• Coverage reliability based on RSRP – yes/no based on prediction reliability % (normal distribution + filter: i.e. >=100%)
• Number of sectors with satisfactory RSRP value (RSRP coverage analysis /Simultaneous)
• Maximal and n-maximal RSRQ value for each pixel (RSRQ map: 1st, 2nd and 3rd server)
• Probability of given RSRQ value over a defined threshold (normal distribution SNIR function + RSRQ map: 1st, 2nd and 3rd server)
• Coverage reliability based on RSRQ – yes/no based on prediction reliability % (normal distribution + filter: i.e >=100%)
• Number of sectors with satisfactory RSRQ value (RSRQ maps/simultaneous servers)
• Probability of receiving a given RSRP value over a defined threshold (RSRP coverage analysis/coverage probability)
• Number of sectors with a RSRP value different from serving sector RSRP and not more than for a given value (RSRP coverage analysis/simultaneous different from best server…)
• Connectivity report: RSRP, best server, RSRQ, SNIR PDSCH, SNIR control channel, throughput / RB
• Prospective planning LTE
• Parenting LTE: schedulers Rodin Robin, proportional fair and max SNR
• Up link SNIR map (Monte-Carlo and Noise rise methods)
• Monte-Carlo (SNIR, RSRP, RSRQ, PUSCH and connect)
• User defined SNIR vs throughput tables (UL and DL)
• Reports: QoS, throughputs…
• Full symmetrical and asymmetrical support.

NETWORK MODELLING

Includes all technical required parameters (ERP/EIRP, antenna height, channel & frequency, bandwidth, radiation patterns, modulation):

• Supports multiple bandwidths
• Supports multiple channels definitions
• Supports WiMAX FDD and TDD modes
• Supports multiple carrier modes
• Supports FUSC and PUSC modes
• Supports digital television systems DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-H, ISDBT, CMMB, DTBM
• Considers receiving antenna directivity (ITU 419, OET 69, user defined)
• Supports analogue television systems (BG, H, I, DK, D, K1, L, N, M)
• Supports FM mono and stereo systems

NETWORK PLANNING AND ANALYSIS

• Capacity to plan indoor networks based on 2D scanned plans
• Network coverage analysis (best server, overlapping, best server + offset…)
• Interference analysis with support of SNIR interference maps
• Automatic frequency assignment
• User-definable interference constraints for co-channel, adjacent channels, N+2…
• Intermodulation interference restrictions
• Various deterministic and empirical algorithm methods (iterative, exhaustive, Monte Carlo…)
• Field strength coverage simulation
• Network coverage analysis (composite, best server, overlapping, best server + offset…)
• Path profile analysis
• Interference analysis with support of C/I interference maps
• Radio planning criteria implemented according to ITU standards (ITU-R 412…)
• Interference analysis with support of simulcast analogue SFN networks
• Interference analysis with support of a combination of both digital MFN & SFN networks
• Population analysis (vector, raster, mixed)
• Automatic frequency assignment
• Interference analysis with support of SNIR interference maps (including adaptive modulation map)
• Automatic site seeking functions
• Handover analysis

TRAFFIC ANALYSIS

• Multi-service (DL/UL) traffic demand analysis based on the 802.11 standard
• Subscriber definition including traffic demand based on service flows
• Parenting functions including both service flows and bit rate control (considering adaptive modulation)
• Adaptive modulation
• Quality of Service analysis
• Modelling of user equipment, user profiles, and environment types
• Network dimensioning for mixed voice/data according to the traffic distribution

MEASUREMENTS AND DRIVE TEST DATA

• Import, display and analysis of drive test data for all formats (TEMS, CSV, ASCII, FTM …)
• Prediction/measurement comparisons and analysis
• Automatic propagation model tuning
• Compatibility with key monitoring systems including Rohde & Schwartz, TCI, Thales and Tadiran
• Import of CSV and XML files

SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT & INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION

• Complete GE06 coordination
• Geneva 84
• Stockholm 61
• Compatibility with aeronautical services (SM1009)
• UFS & NFS calculations
• Natura 2000 support
• Human hazard
• HCM
• ICAO Building Restricted Areas
• LTE vs DTT

ADVANCED FUNCTIONS

MOBILE

  • • Features traditional models such as COST 231 & Okumura Hata, extended Hata, SUI…
    • Offers advanced deterministic models that combine several propagation modeling techniques (ITU-R, diffractions and sub path models)
    – Precision accuracy without any calibration (useful during the design stage)
    – Uses an advanced indoor algorithm to predict coverage and to define by clutter propagation characteristics
    • Supports multiple cell types (fetmo cell, micro cell, macro, repeater…)
    • Supports GSM, DCS, CDMA, TETRA and GSM networks
    • Models macro/micro/pico, indoor cells and repeaters
    • Supports multi-band, network-band networks (inc GSM & CDMA bands supported by 3GPP – without restriction)
    • Models concentric cells
    • Supports frequency hopping
    • Service planning and analysis
    • Up link and down link coverage simulations
    • Network coverage analysis (composite, best server, overlapping, best server + offset…)
    • Features Monte Carlo for coverage and interference simulations
    • Interference analysis with support of TRX type-based (e.g., BCCH, TCH) quality thresholds
    • Neighbor planning (intra and inter BSC) and handover analysis with advanced settings
    • Traffic demand analysis generated from multiple sources: vector, clutter, subscriber distribution, live traffic data…
    • Cell network dimensioning for mixed voice/data traffic and time slot configurations per TRX
    • Various traffic algorithms including Erlang methods (Erlang B, Erlang C…)
    • Traffic analysis including calculation of KPIs such blocking rate QoS…
    • Traffic spreading between cell layers with traffic overflow modelling
    • Automatic Frequency Planning – AFP
    • User-definable interference constraints for BCCH and TCH channels
    • User-definable interference constraints for co-channel, adjacent channels, N+2…
    • Allocation of frequency hopping parameters
    • Inter-modulation interference restrictions
    • Considers cells of neighbor lists
    • Features various deterministic and empirical algorithm methods (iterative, exhaustive, Monte Carlo,…)
    • Offers automatic cell planning – ACP
    • Supports antenna parameter optimization (height, azimuth, tilt…)
    • Features automatic site selection of the best candidates according to a predefined target coverage over a specified area (vector, clutter…)
    • Automatically searches sites with a predefined target coverage over a specified area (vector, clutter…)
    • Network parameter optimization to increase coverage and capacity
    • Special ACP function dedicated to highways, roads and rail tracks (for GSM) for automatic site selection and azimuth optimization
    • Area planning: site optimization including priorities and objectives (coverage, overlapping…).
    • CW measurements, drive test data and KPIs import
    • Import, display and analysis of drive test data for all the market formats (TEMS, CSV, ASCII, FTM …)
    • Prediction/measurements comparison and analysis
    • Automatic propagation model tuning
    • Imports CSV and XML files
    • Multi RAT (Radio Access Technology) network planning
    • Enables Multi RAT networks within one project
    • Unified network databases (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi…)
    • Combined Monte Carlo functions
    • Unified multi-service traffic model
    • Integrated planning and optimization for 3GPP (GSM/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/WiFi/LTE) technologies
    • Simultaneous display and analysis of network layers (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi)
    • Inter-technology handover modelling (new 3GPP release 12 about LTE <-> Wi-Fi HO included)
    • Inter-technology interference analysis (with implementation of the protection ratios and interference rejection factors validated in laboratory or provided by standard recommendations)
    • GSM vs. DCS, GSM vs. GSM, GSM vs. UMTS….GSM vs. LTE). No limitations for interference mitigation calculations in the 2G bands
    • Supports FDD and TDD modes
    • Supports 3G, 3.5G evolutions (UMTS, HSDPA, Ev-DO, 1xEv-DO)
    • Supports multiple carriers
    • Supports the UTRAN bands specified by 3GPP (without restrictions)
    • UMTS equipment modelling including power sharing (pilot channel, paging and synchronization channels)
    • 2G ->3G swap modelling
    • Plot prediction of voice (R99) and data services (R99/HSDPA)
    • Scrambling code pollution
    • Scrambling code planning and audit
    • RSCP plot predictions
    • Pilot pollution plot predictions
    • Ec/I0 plot predictions (including power control features)
    • HSDPA plot predictions
    • Network coverage analysis (best server, overlapping, best server + offset…
    • Neighbor planning (soft/hard) and handover analysis (soft/hard with advanced setting)
    • PN code planning
    • Traffic analysis
    • Multi-service (DL/UL) traffic demand analysis generated from different sources: vector, clutters, subscriber distribution, live traffic data…
    • Modelling user equipment, user profiles and environment types
    • Cell network dimensioning for mixed voice/data traffic, according to the traffic distribution
    • Traffic spreading between cell layers with traffic overflow modelling
    • UMTS traffic analysis features based on Monte Carlo method
    • User-definable interference constraints for co-channel, adjacent channels, N+2…
    • UMTS vs. GSM, UMTS vs DCS, UMTS vs. LTE No limitations for the interference mitigation calculations in the 3G bands.
    • LTE 3GPP models
    • Accurate predictions with no calibration (*useful during pre-design stage)
    • 3D models for urban centre
    • Supports of all the carrier bandwidths (1.4MHz, 3MHz, 5MHz, 10MHz, 15MHz, 20MHz)
    • Supports FDD and TDD modes
    • Supports 4G OFDMA for down link and SC-OFDM for up link
    • Supports frame structure (Type 1 and Type 2)
    • Supports cyclic prefix (Normal CP and Extended CP)
    • Models macro/micro/pico, Fetmo, indoor cells and repeaters
    • Supports all the transmission modes defined by the 3GPP (open loop MIMO spatial multiplexing, open loop transmit diversity, multiple user MIMO…)
    • Supports adaptive switching between the standard transmission modes
    • 4G equipment modelling including predefined (or user-definable) power sharing (RS, PCFICH, PBCH, PDCCH, PDSCH)
    • Supports PRACH (Various formats)
    • Supports PUSCH channel
    • Supports ICIC scheme
    • Service planning and analysis
    • RSRP coverage simulation
    • RSRP coverage analysis (composite, best server, second best server…overlapping, best server + offset…)
    • Plot predictions for RSRQ
    • RSRQ interference analysis
    • Interference plot predictions: SNIR (PDSCH, Control channels)…
    • Up link and down link quality prediction plots (SNIR)
    • Up link and down link subscriber throughput prediction plots
    • Neighbor planning and handover analysis (with advanced settings)
    • Aggregate throughput prediction plots (SNIR vs throughput curves implemented from market vendors)
    • QCI plot coverage (Priority bearers)
    • Traffic analysis
    • Multi-service (2D & 3D) traffic demand analysis generated from multiple sources: vector, clutters, subscriber distribution, live traffic data…
    • Traffic analysis based on the standard 4G schedulers (Rodin Robin, Max SNIR, and Proportional Fair)
    • Cell network dimensioning for mixed voice/data traffic and time slot configurations per TRX
    • Monte Carlos simulations for cell throughput
    • Traffic analysis including calculation of KPIs including blocking rate & QoS
    • Traffic spreading between cell layers with traffic overflow modelling
    • Automatic frequency planning – AFP
    • User-definable interference constraints for co-channel, adjacent channels, N+2…
    • Frequency reuse of N (N=1, 3)
    • Fractional frequency reuse
    • Soft frequency reuse
    • Inter-cell interference coordination – ICIC schemes
    • Inter modulation interference restrictions
    • Takes into account the neighbor lists of cells
    • Various deterministic and empirical algorithms methods (iterative, exhaustive, Monte Carlo…)
    • Automatic Cell Planning – ACP
    • Antenna parameter optimization (height, azimuth, tilt…)
    • Automatic site selection of the best candidates according to a predefined target coverage over a specified area (vector, clutter…)
    • Automatic search site according to a predefined target coverage over a specified area (vector, clutter…)
    • Network parameter optimization, for increased coverage and capacity (for existing networks)
    • ACP function dedicated to 4G; used to find the best new 4G sites to improve DL/UL threshold requirements and traffic demand
    Various Monte Carlo features to simulate the main 4G KPIs (DL/UL RSRP, RSRQ, SNIR PSCH…)
    • Automatic PCI planning for the whole network (reservation of a range of PCI for future network expansion or introduction of Femto cells)
    RACH preamble planning (Root Sequence Index) with various methods
    CW measurements, drive test data and KPIs import
    • Import, display and analysis of drive test data with all the market formats (TEMS, CSV, ASCII, FTM …)
    • Prediction/measurement comparison and analysis
    • Automatic propagation model tuning
    • Multi RAT (Radio access technology) network planning
    • Multi RAT networks on the same project
    • Unified network databases (2G, 3G, 4G,WiFi…)
    • Combined Monte Carlo functions
    • Unified multi-service traffic model
    • Integrated planning and optimization for 3GPP (4G/3G/4G) technologies
    • Simultaneous display and analysis of network layers (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi)
    • Inter-technology handover modelling: 4G<-> 4G; 4G<-> 3G; 4G <-> 2G (including the new 3GPP release 12, 4G <-> Wi-Fi HO feature)
    • Inter-technology interference analysis (with implementation of the protection ratios and interference rejection factors validated in laboratory or provided by standard recommendations): 4G vs.4G, 4G vs. 2G, 4G vs. 3G….4G vs. 4G). No limitations for interference mitigation calculations in 2G bands. Other interference calculations: 4G vs DVB-T.

MICROWAVE LINKS

• Backhauling, backbone, mesh, SDH, PDH, short links
• Path budgets
• Threshold degradation
• Multi-path
• Ellipsoid clearance
• Multi-K factors
• Reliability
• Through-puts
• Adaptive modulation
• Space diversity
• Frequency diversity
• ITU-R 530, Barnett Vigant, Siemens
• Protection areas
• I/N, C/N+I, C/I, TD, spurious
• NFD convolution products from ETSI .ts and .rif files
• Frequency plans, list and frequency bands
• Reporting
• Batch mode
• Multi-resolutions (up to 0.1m Building / DTM / Clutter)
• LOS, NLOS, Reflection, Absorption, Tropo scattering, Ducting
• Parity checks
• Full 3D modelling (>= 0.1m resolution)
• RPE (antenna) database
• ITU-R patterns
• Enhanced cross-polar calculations
• Display link status (margin, threshold degradation…)
• IRF from NFD, TS/RIF, C/I required
• Equipment databases
• Cox and Feeder databases
• Antenna databases
• Mux databases (sight of pylon, power)
• SQL database (MWx64) online and offline
• Frequency assignments
• Interference calculations
• Passive plan and B2B (path budget and interference)

REGULATION

• Threshold limited polygons
• RRC04
• Effective heights
• Fast coverage+interference (ITU-R 370 and ITU-R 1546)
• GE06 conformity
• Converts stations according to GE06
• Aeronautical SM1009 coordination
• Compatibility report (K-lnm, Bonn, Chester, SMM, Psum)
• UFS, NFS, UFS delta, SFN test points, Allotments, GE06 contours
• Geneva 84, 89, Stockholm 61
• FCC broadcast contours
• NZ broadcast coordination (complete, PL and MED analysis)
• OFCOM DTT vs LTE (multiple log-normal signals)
• Schwartz and Yeh
• Fenton – Wilkinson methods
• Natura 2000
• Fee calculation: PL Broadcast (analog and digital, law comparisons and historical)
• Constraint areas (obstacles and perturbators)
• Height constraints (elevation, intervisibility)
• Radar constraint areas
• Power constraints (omni, directive and splitted antennas)
• Wind farms (test points, interference maps, P2P interference, radar interference): Simple plan reflector, ITU-R 805, user defined patterns…
• Human Hazard: full 3D exposure model, EEC 1999/519, Power exposure / 24h
• HCM
• Border coordination and border agreements
• Radar horizon tour
• RDS PI code assignment
• DAB TII sub code assignment
• EMC: interference, noise desensitization
• Inter-modulation
• GMF: assignment and interference
• Off axis angle maps
• Depression angle maps
• Tilt maps
• Antenna diagram constraint definition
• HCM antenna matching
• Broadband wireless access coordination
• COFDM launch delay assignment
• TV analog offset assignments
• Service area (spectrum trading)
• Earth station coordination
• C/I and IRF: User defined, NFD, ITU-R 412 655 1368 1009 560, FCC OET 69, Wiesbaden 95, IEEE, ETSI, OFCOM/BCC, CNC DNrc61 and DNRc54, FCC.
• TX power protection (0.7m resolution)
• NFD convolution products from ETSI .ts and .rif files
• Coordination with aeronautical radio navigation radar in the 2.7 GHz band
• TVWS availability maps
• DTT protected area maps
• Transmitter noise analysis
• Receiver desensitization analysis
• Inter-modulation analysis
• Import Legbac
• ICS building restricted areas
• Radio Astronomy
• ITU notices: T01/T02/T03/T04/GS1/GS2/GT1/GT2/GBI
• BRIFIC (DB3 format)
• Allotments
• NAVAIDS
• GMF
• EPM/OEPM satellite coordination
• Blocking and Inter-modulation
• Import: TVA/TVD/UKE/CSA/OFCOM/TAFL/Industry Canada/TDAB 2002/LEGBAC/UKPM/UKE/DACAN…

REFERENCES

• ETSI TS101
• ETSI TS980
• ETSI EN301598
• ETSI EN302217
• 802.11
• 802.16
• 802.20
• 3GPP
• Eirene
• HCM
• Cost231
• OET69
• Spectrum XXI
• TSB-88
• ITU-R P: 452-14, 452-16, 1812-4, 530-16, 676-9, 837-6, 838-3, 840-5, 370-7, 525-2, 526-13, 1546-5, 368-7, 368-9, 533-11, 1147-4, 617-2, 531-11, 618-10, 528-2, 372-10, 453-10, 1238-7
• ITU-R F: 699-7, 1245-2, 1820, 1668-1, 1397-2, 1491-2
• ITU-R S: 1428-1, 465-6, 580-6, 672-4, 1855-0
• ITU-R SA: 509-3
• ITU-R M: 1225, 694-1 478-5
• ITU-R BS: 1660-6, 412-9, 560-4
• ITU-R BT: 419-3, 655-7, 1368-10, 2033-1, 417-5
• ITU-R BO: 1213-1 – Rep 2019
• ITU-R SM: 1009-1, 847-1, 1134-1
• ITU-T G: 821, 826, 828
• ICAO EUR DOC 015
• ECC 229

ANTENNAS

• 2D, 3D, RPE, ITU-R recs, FCC, HCM & multi-resolutions

• 3D antenna builder (ANTIOS)

• Electrical and mechanical tilt support, rotary, circular, elliptical
• Polarization: H, V, C, M, X-pol, X-pol enhanced
• Formats: ADF 2D, ADF RPE, ADW, MSI, PLT, SPH, SPV, NSMA, FCC, Ascii grid (3D), Antios (3D), DIA, H, V
• 2D/3D converter, symmetry, interpolation, HCM builder, HCM matching, rotation, auto-increment, user drawing, selector
• Units: dB linear, dB, %
• Aperture, crossover distance, split and non-split antennas
• ITU-R: GE84, APS7, 419, 1213, 1326, 1428, 1851, 465, 580, 694, 1245, 699, 672, 647, GXT support
• FCC: OET69
• Type: STD, SU-MIMO SD, SU-MIMO SM, MU-MIMO, SIMO, AAS
• Reference: Isotropic, Dipole, short vertical (50 and 75 ohms)

Integrated GIS

Multi-layers project based including: DTM, clutter, buildings, imagery (static and WMS/WMTS maps), indoor planning, network (Tx/Rx) trajectories, direction finders, microwave links, allotments, links, wind turbines, windfarms, satellite stations), settings (propagation models, profiles, GUI), database links, palettes, vectors and coverage.

Features:

  • Static map display
  • On the fly online map display (WMS/WMTS)
  • Real time geocoding
  • Zoom & Pan
  • Choice of resolutions
  • Map overlays
  • 2D & 3D views
  • Vector isometric/2D/3D view
  • Vector layers (poly lines, polygons, POI, circles, rectangles & text)
  • Shading
  • Geoportals
  • Google maps, Bing Maps, Here maps, Open Street Map, Nasa imagery, MapBox, Street view
  • Real time terrain profile
  • Coordinate converter
  • Reverse geocoding (from address)
  • Search address and coordinates
  • Object labels, ICAO areas, Constraint areas, Allotments, Clusters, Picture controls, Shortcuts, User defined legends, Real time coordinates, Drag and Drop files,
  • Raster and Vector map builders, Multimap engine, Multi-resolutions engine, GIS formats: GEOTIFF, ARCGRID, XYZ, BIL, GRD, DEM, HGT, LIDAR LAZ/LAS, OSM, SHAPEFILE, MIF/MID, DXF, KML, SRTM, JAXA, GLOBAL LAND 30, EEA, Corine Land Cover, Urban Atlas, World population, Census, Global Forest…

Treatment: Interpolation, Geocoding, Hydro detection, Noise reduction, Filters, Extruding, Vector and Raster operations, Conversions

Project builder using SRTM, ASTER,  Shapefile (Indoor and Outdoor)

Clutter builder from: Corine land cover, Global Land 30, Global Forest/Hydro, Open Street Map, IGN, World population, Urban Atlas, Vector lines and polygon sources, Raster files

Building builder from: Lidar, IGN, Catastro, OSM buildings, Vector polygon sources, Raster files

Border filter, vector filter, clutter, building and DTM filter, population filter & coverage filter

Population covered, vectors covered & areas covered

PROPAGATION
(Indoor, Outdoor, Mix Indoor/Outdoor)

Featuring both statistical (mainly ITU, 3GPP and COST) and deterministic (Fresnel Deygout) propagation models. Valid from kHz to 350GHz including future 5G mmWave frequencies at 26GHz or 28GHz and for both indoor and outdoor.

  • A map-based generic model including components required to cover propagation scenarios from 30 MHZ to 350 GHz:
    LoS – Diffraction – 3D reflections (specular and Lambertian) – Absorption & Entry loss – Troposcattering – Multi-layers Ducting – Gaseous attenuations – Rain & Snow attenuations – Fog & Clouds attenuations, 2D ground reflections, Waves, Near Field…
  • Visibility, Ellipsoid clearance, time variability, wanted/unwanted model selection
  • Diffraction: Deygout 66, Deygout 91, Deygout 94, Bullington, Delta-Bullington, lateral diffraction, spherical wave, Fresnel integrals, & cylinder method
  • Abnormal propagation: Tropo scattering, ITU-R 617, ducting, global and user defined DLN maps & conductivity maps.
  • Refractive indexes, Rayleigh roughness criterion, Multi path delays, reflection coefficients
  • Climate: Gaseous attenuations, ITU-R 1820 and ITU-R 676, Fog ITU-R 840, Rain and snow ITU-R 530 ITU-R 837 ITU-R 838 ESA and user defined maps, RMS wave heights, K factors, Isotherm definition & scintillation
  • ITU-R propagation models: ITU-R 370, ITU-R 525, ITU-R 526-11, ITU-R 526-13, ITU-R 1225, ITU-R 1546-5, ITU-R 1546-2, ITU-R 1812-4, ITU-R 452-14, ITU-R 452-16, ITU-R 1147-4, ITU-R 368-9, ITU-R 528-3, ITU-R 617, ITU-R 533
  • Empirical models: Durkin, 3GPP LTE, SUI, Okumura-Hata-Davidson, Hata-Cost, Extended Hata, Cost 231 Open, Walfisch-Ikegami
  • Other models: CCIR Medium Wave, ITU-R 435, African Broadcasting, FCC 98, Egli, Durkin, ITM-NTIA, ITM 122, ITU-R 368-7, IF77, Wojnar, NBS 101
  • Reliability ITU-R 530-16, Siemens, Vigants & Crane
  • Indoor propagation (ITU-R 1238, ITU-R 1225, IMT 2000, user defined model)
  • Full 3D propagation model: field strength on facades (LOS & NLOS), indoor & outdoor & multipath.
  • Model library

Propagation model API

DATABASES

SQL tables: stations, station links, microwave links, equipment
SQL azure tables: stations, microwave links
Internal tables: stations, station links, microwave links, equipment, antennas (2D, 3D, RPE), subscribers, frequency plans, frequency bands, frequency groups, Tx/Rx parameters, feeders, sites, users, satellites, documents (all formats: video, audio, text, image), bearings, D.F localizations, NFD, propagation models and icons
• XML: stations, microwave links, trajectories, station links.
• XLS template reports
• ODBC support (MS Access, Oracle, SQL server, SQL lite)

FREQUENCY ASSIGNMENT

• Adaptive algorithms
• C/I, C/N+I and TD modes
• Maximize frequency usage
• Full automatic mode (global, by area, by constraint list)
• Semi-automatic mode: frequency selector
• Interference objectives (wanted and unwanted)
• Surface interference factors (Clutter weights)
• Frequency bands, lists, groups & plans
• Exclusion lists
• Polarization assignments
• Intermodulation
• Constraint diagrams: distances, neighbor stations, sectors, best server related, clutter filter, user defined
• Re-ordering stations: frequency isolation, sector & coverage size
• Methods: Monte-Carlo, iterative, sequential & exhaustive
• Multi-channels
• Constraints by distances, Delta F, intermodulation, polarizations, sectors, Tx/Rx channels, neighbor lists, various codes
• Rx antenna discrimination
• Interference global / server
• Virtual-mode based on Delta F
• Multi-resolution matrices
• Coverage selector
• Threshold limited coverage
• Extended radius limited coverage
• Overlapping frequency reuse
• Spacing fixed, reversed and minimum
• Pilot channel assignment
• Traffic channel assignment
• Multi-C/I and IRF

MICROWAVE LINKS

• C/I and TD modes
• Check parities
• Frequency plans, lists & bands
• Exclusion lists
• Polarization assignments
• Frequency pair switching
• Constraints by distances, co-site, delta F & various codes
• Space and frequency diversity

P2P

• TD mode
• Frequency plans, bands and lists
• Exclusion lists
• Multi-channels
• Intermodulation
• Polarization assignments
• Methods: Monte-Carlo, iterative & sequential
• Threshold degradation set-up
• SFN
• Constraints by distances, co-site, Delta F, polarizations, angular sector & various codes

P2MP

• C/I, C/N+I and TD modes
• Frequency bands
• Exclusion lists
• Polarization assignments
• Site sector switching
• Multi-channels
• Constraints by distances, Angular sector, Delta F & various codes

RASTER OPS

Raster Ops sub-menu offers a toolkit to create and modify map layers, including:
• DTM/DEM (outdoor layer) and IDR (indoor layer)
• Clutter
• Buildings

It provides import data functions for:
• GEOTIFF
• SHAPEFILES
• BIL
• GRIDASCII
• DEM
• OSM

DTM/DEM/IDR operations:
• Modifications from test points (TXT file, station list)
• Modifications from vector polylines (railways, roads, elevation curves… including elevation attributes)
• Modifications from vector polygons (including elevation attribute)
• Modifications from clutter
• Modifications from buildings (i.e. DTM to DEM)
• Autocut
• Interpolation
• Hydro detection
• Noise reduction
• Mean-filter
• Geocoding
• Blank matrix
• Indoor builder (create indoor projects from vector data)
• Insert matrices

Clutter operations:
• Modifications from test points (TXT file, station list, SHP points)
• Modifications from vector polygons (look-up table)
• Modifications from vector polygons (code assignment)
• Modifications from vector polygons (VEC, SHP, MIF formats)
• Modifications from vector poly-lines (including tunnel detection)
• Modifications from vector poly-lines (SHP format)
• Modifications from Global Forest data (Forest density at 1″ resolution)
• Modifications from Global Hydro data (Hydro at 1″ resolution)
• Modifications from World Population data (Inhabitant data at 1″ resolution)
• Modifications around poly-lines
• Modifications according to DTM/DEM/IDR values
• Modifications according to building elevations
• Converts building elevations to clutter codes
• Clutter builder (automatic clutter builder from vector data)
• Urban builder (create and assign urban clutter codes from vector data)
• Spreading (neighbor clutter codes)
• Geocoding
• Insert matrices

Building operations:
• Modifications to clutter layer
• Building contour extraction
• Geocoding
• Building builder (automatic building builder from vector data)
• Insert matrices.

GUI

• Menu and pop up-menu configurations
• Project preferences
• Technology profiles
• Supports multi-languages (user defined translations)
• Reference units: distance (m, km, nm, ft.…), transmit and receive powers, antenna and field strengths
• User defined labels, icons, reports, control grids, listings and XLS templates

APIs

• Propagation model built-up
• Plugin SDK

RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATION

• Memory: 8 GB and higher
• Storage: 500 GB
• Hard drive: SSD 256 GB
• Internet access (map access, ICS online)
• Processor: x64 multicore
• Graphic card: 2GB, OpenGL compatible, Full HD (1920*1080)
• OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016 (x64 and x86)

SUPPORT

• Windows Vista (32 bits versions)
• Win32 Wrapper (legacy libraries)
• Citrix, Active Directory
• Ansi and Unicode
• Multi-languages
• User translations (Ascii file)
• Parallelism (64 bits versions)
• Multi-processing (32 and 64 bits versions)
• UHD 2k 4k