NSN adds 3D mapping service for radio network planning

Tuesday 18 February 2014 | 11:07 CET | News
Nokia Solutions and Networks has introduced 3-D mapping for site-planning activities. Adding to the company's services for its HetNet range of small cell equipment, the new capability helps predict radio and microwave backhaul propagation in urban areas to provide more accurate results for mobile network planning. The 3-D maps with a resolution of just a few centimeters bring the vital level of detail needed to accurately plan low-powered small cells in complex urban environments with a multitude of high-rise buildings and other objects that affect the propagation of radio waves, the company said. 

3-D backhaul simulation simplifies planning for base station sites which lack a direct line of sight for microwave backhaul to the core network. If a building partially obscures the link, an indirect non line of sight connection can be used to avoid deploying extra transmitters and receivers. 3-D radio simulation also models radio frequency propagation in urban environments. This helps forecast cell coverage and mitigate interference from the macrocellular radio layer. 

The new capabilities will be available for commercial delivery during the first quarter of 2014.

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