InfoVista, an RF-planning software company, has launched Mentum Planet 5.6 for designing, managing and optimizing small cell systems. It is the first release of the software since InfoVista acquired Mentum, a network planning software provider, in November of last year.
Mentum Planet 5.6 supports LTE-Advanced, Release 10 and 11 for small cell networks, particularly in congested metropolitan areas. The software features 3D modeling capabilities, enabling mobile operators to predict and analyze network performance and plan for capacity additions.
Heterogeneous network modeling allows mobile operators to improve cell-edge spectral efficiency to realize the full capacity benefit of small cells. The software product also integrates with social platforms to allow mobile operators to identify where users are active, aiding in capacity planning and network optimization efforts.
“Recent surveys have confirmed that mobile operators recognize the importance of small cells, yet they don’t realize what it takes to harness the technology’s full potential and the significant cost savings that can be achieved as a result of smart small cell planning,” said Bernard Breton, chief marketing and strategy officer, InfoVista.
In September of last year, support for Wi-Fi network modeling and heterogeneous networks were added to Version 5.5 of Mentum Planet, along with automated urban cell planning.
“Mentum Planet’s fully-integrated Wi-Fi module provides operators with the opportunity to utilize Wi-Fi as a means of coping with soaring traffic demand,” Breton said. “Support for Wi-Fi standards as well as multi-technology data offloading and automated cell planning will be pivotal for wireless operators to ensure that their Wi-Fi networks are optimal from both a customer experience and an economic standpoint.”