U.K.-based Ranplan Wireless has expanded its portfolio of indoor and outdoor planning tools for designing and optimizing 3G, 4G (LTE), small cells, Wi-Fi and new 5G wireless networks, the company said in a release.

Ranplan In-Building and Ranplan In-Building Lite are stand-alone tools that speed up the planning and deployment of small cells, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi networks.

The new solutions also support Ranplan’s flagship platform, Ranplan Professional, which is an heterogeneous wireless network planning tool supporting 5G New Radio. It supports indoor solutions such as active/ passive DAS, small cells, and WiFi, as well as 3G, 4G, 5G, IoT, Public Safety, and Smart Cities

In addition, Ranplan’s Collaboration Hub is a secure cloud-based platform that allows operators, system integrators and equipment vendors to work together with a real-time overview of an entire project lifecycle. Users have access to enhanced 2D and 3D project visualisation features, simplified workflow management and customisable reporting, the company said.

Ranplan In-Building is a new indoor network planning and optimization platform designed specifically for large, complex in-building projects where high-density indoor coverage is a challenge. Ranplan In-Building automates the network design process with the help of “intelligent cell”, topology and frequency pptimisation Modules. The company also highlighted that the propagation traffic capacity analysis and fast indoor 3D ray-tracing, allow users to predict and optimize indoor coverage and capacity.

Ranplan In-Building Lite is a  tool created specifically for rapid design of small or medium-sized in-building networks. Ranplan In-Building Lite supports passive DAS, Small Cells, and Wi-Fi as well as 3G, 4G (LTE), 5G and IoT.

The company said that the tool can be used to plan indoor wireless networks to meet the demands of mission critical communications for public safety applications.  Key features include Ranplan’s advanced 3D ray-tracing propagation module and Intelligent Technology Optimization to automate the network planning process.

“Our extended portfolio of network planning tools with the release of Ranplan In-Building and Ranplan In-Building Lite better address the needs of our customers requiring an in-building only planning tool with a range of capabilities for different applications,” said Alastair Williamson, CEO Ranplan Wireless. “With over 80% of data consumed indoors and only some 2% of commercial buildings having dedicated in-building mobile networks, operators need to deliver ubiquitous indoor and outdoor coverage to capitalize on the opportunities presented by 5G.”

Ranplan Wireless is a subsidiary of Ranplan Group, a group headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. The group also has offices in the U.K., U.S. and China.


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