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Ranplan Sets Sights on US Market with New in-Building Wireless Network Design Tools

With up to 80 percent of data already consumed indoors and the volume of traffic growing rapidly, Ranplan is set to launch its new software tools for in-building wireless network design and optimization in the US. iBuildNet® and iBuildNet-Fi® transform the design of 2G/3G/4G(LTE) and Wi-Fi networks, along with Tetra and PMR systems for single buildings such as hotels, offices and shopping malls, as well as combined indoor-outdoor HetNets for facilities including campuses, Central Business Districts, stadiums, airports and stations.
iBuildNet and iBuildNet-Fi deliver advanced 3D building modeling, a fast and accurate 3D ray-tracing propagation engine and powerful data analysis to automatically optimize Access Point (AP) locations, antenna type, power and channel assignment. The Ranplan tools can be used to design and simulate a wide range of wireless networks from microcells, repeaters and distributed antenna system to heterogeneous networks with femtocells and Wi-Fi, resulting in lower CAPEX and OPEX.  They also support passive, active and hybrid signal distribution as well as multi-standard and frequency band solutions and work alongside small cell SON (Self Organizing Networks) technology.
“RF planning for indoor installations has to take into account complex issues such as signal distribution throughout building structures made of different materials and interference from external cells,” said Professor Jie Zhang, Principal Consultant at Ranplan and Chair in Wireless Systems at the University of Sheffield in the UK. “Operators have traditionally designed networks using outdoor macro cellsites to penetrate into buildings; but with increasing demand for capacity, limited spectrum and the use of higher frequencies, this is no longer feasible.”

iBuildNet and iBuildNet-Fi coordinate between indoor and outdoor environments such as campuses, stadiums and airports with a typical resolution up to 20 cubic centimeters. Designers can perform interference, user throughput and network capacity analysis to validate the system during the design process and ensure current and future network capacity requirements are satisfied. 
Companies such as China Mobile and Huawei are already using iBuildNet and Ranplan are now looking to build its presence in the US market. “We have already had a great level of interest and demand from China and Europe and are now keen to establish partnerships in the US to drive sales and growth in North America,” said Paul Kenworthy, sales and marketing manager at Ranplan.
Ranplan will be attending Small Cells America in Dallas on the 3 & 4 December and will also be presenting and exhibiting at Globecom 2013 in Atlanta from 9-13 December
About Ranplan   

Ranplan is a wireless technology company that produces world leading software tools for in-building wireless network design, simulation, optimization, radio propagation modelling, and 3D building modeling. Ranplan also provides consulting and training services and is at the forefront of research and development for indoor-outdoor radio propagation, femto/small cell, automatic RAN planning and optimization, 3D building modelling, smart building and heterogeneous networks (HetNets). Ranplan has participated in many research projects in these areas that have been funded predominantly by EU FP7 and TSB. The company employees have also contributed to some of the earliest and/or most widely cited work in interference control and SON for femto/small cell and HetNets.




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