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Mentum Planet 5.

8
Live Planning and Optimization
July 3, 2015

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Table of Contents
What is Mentum Planet? ............................................................................................................................................8
Live Network Planning and Optimization ...............................................................................................................9
True MultiRAN Support ..........................................................................................................................................9
Next-Generation, Open Platform ...........................................................................................................................9
Accuracy as a Mantra .......................................................................................................................................... 10
Advanced GIS Capabilities ................................................................................................................................... 10
Designed for Scenario-based Planning ................................................................................................................ 10
Advanced Heterogeneous Network Modeling Capabilities ................................................................................ 10
Why Use Mentum Planet? ...................................................................................................................................... 11
Strategic Network Planning ................................................................................................................................. 11
Wireless Network Design .................................................................................................................................... 12
Network Troubleshooting and Optimization....................................................................................................... 13
Network Management ........................................................................................................................................ 14
Mentum Planet Packaging....................................................................................................................................... 16
Software Editions ................................................................................................................................................ 16
Mentum Planet Basic Edition .............................................................................................................................. 16
Mentum Planet Professional Edition................................................................................................................... 16
Mentum Planet Enterprise Edition ...................................................................................................................... 16
Mentum Planet Ultimate Edition ........................................................................................................................ 17
Mentum Planet Options and Modules ................................................................................................................ 17
Mentum Planet Base Package ............................................................................................................................. 19
Mentum Planet ........................................................................................................................................................ 19
Geographical Information System (GIS) .............................................................................................................. 19
Propagation Modeling ......................................................................................................................................... 21
Point-to-Point Profile........................................................................................................................................... 22
Live Network Planning and Optimization ............................................................................................................ 23
Mobile Call Traces ........................................................................................................................................... 24
Configuration Management Data .................................................................................................................... 26
Network Performance Management .............................................................................................................. 27

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Cloud Ready Mentum Fusion ........................................................................................................................... 29


Multi-User Collaboration and Data Integration .............................................................................................. 30
Task Automation and Coverage Map Publishing ....................................................................................... 30
Viewing and Analyzing .................................................................................................................................... 30
Planet Engine ....................................................................................................................................................... 31
Architecture ..................................................................................................................................................... 32
Interface .......................................................................................................................................................... 33
Planet Engine Editions ..................................................................................................................................... 33
Measurement Management ............................................................................................................................... 34
User Interface and Data Editing .......................................................................................................................... 34
Traffic Management ............................................................................................................................................ 35
Neighbor Planning Management ........................................................................................................................ 35
Interference Matrix Management....................................................................................................................... 36
Antenna Management ........................................................................................................................................ 36
Heterogeneous Network Analyses ...................................................................................................................... 37
Data Import, Export and Reporting ..................................................................................................................... 38
Tools .................................................................................................................................................................... 38
Open Platform ..................................................................................................................................................... 38
Mentum Planet Data Manager ................................................................................................................................ 39
Data Centralization .............................................................................................................................................. 40
Multi-User Collaboration ..................................................................................................................................... 40
Permission Management..................................................................................................................................... 40
IT and Administration .......................................................................................................................................... 41
Mentum Planet Technology Modules ..................................................................................................................... 41
Mentum Planet TDMA/FDMA Module................................................................................................................ 41
Network Modeling ........................................................................................................................................... 41
Coverage Analysis ............................................................................................................................................ 41
Channel Planning and Management ............................................................................................................... 41
Optional Simulcast / Multicast Analysis .......................................................................................................... 42
GSM/GPRS/EDGE Technology Module ................................................................................................................ 42

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Network Modeling ........................................................................................................................................... 43


Network Analysis ............................................................................................................................................. 43
Channel Planning and Management ............................................................................................................... 44
WCDMA/HSPA Technology Module .................................................................................................................... 45
Network Modeling ........................................................................................................................................... 45
Network Simulations ....................................................................................................................................... 46
Network Analysis ............................................................................................................................................. 46
Scrambling Code Planning and Management ................................................................................................. 46
Optimization Tools .......................................................................................................................................... 47
CDMA/EV-DO Technology Module...................................................................................................................... 47
Network Modeling ........................................................................................................................................... 48
Network Simulations ....................................................................................................................................... 48
Network Analysis ............................................................................................................................................. 48
PN Offset Planning and Management ............................................................................................................. 49
Optimization Tools .......................................................................................................................................... 49
LTE Technology Module ...................................................................................................................................... 49
Network Modeling ........................................................................................................................................... 51
Network Simulations ....................................................................................................................................... 52
Network Analysis ............................................................................................................................................. 53
Frequency and Physical Cell ID Planning ......................................................................................................... 54
PRACH Root Sequence Planning ...................................................................................................................... 55
Fixed Subscriber Management ........................................................................................................................ 55
Optimization Tools .......................................................................................................................................... 55
WiMAX Technology Module ................................................................................................................................ 55
Network Modeling ........................................................................................................................................... 56
Network Simulations ....................................................................................................................................... 56
Network Analysis ............................................................................................................................................. 57
Fixed Subscriber Management ........................................................................................................................ 58
Frequency and Preamble Planning .................................................................................................................. 58
Optimization Tools .......................................................................................................................................... 58

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Wi-Fi Technology Module.................................................................................................................................... 59


Network Modeling ........................................................................................................................................... 60
Network Analysis ............................................................................................................................................. 60
Optimization Tools .......................................................................................................................................... 61
Mentum Planet Optional Modules .......................................................................................................................... 61
Metro Network Design Package .......................................................................................................................... 61
Planet 3D Model .............................................................................................................................................. 62
3D Presentation ............................................................................................................................................... 62
2D Presentation ............................................................................................................................................... 63
Advanced Measurement Data Package (AMDP) ................................................................................................. 63
Scanner Data Drive Test Import .......................................................................................................................... 64
Data Visualization and Analysis ........................................................................................................................... 64
Survey and Prediction Merging ........................................................................................................................... 64
Propagation Model Analysis ................................................................................................................................ 64
Mentum Ellipse Microwave Engineering Tool ..................................................................................................... 65
Visualization and Management of Microwave Links ....................................................................................... 65
Microwave Link Analysis.................................................................................................................................. 66
Equipment Database ....................................................................................................................................... 66
Other Capabilities ............................................................................................................................................ 66
Universal Model (UM) ......................................................................................................................................... 66
Propagation Modeling ..................................................................................................................................... 67
Model Tuning................................................................................................................................................... 67
Additional Features ......................................................................................................................................... 67
Automatic Network Optimization Solutions ....................................................................................................... 68
Automatic Site Placement Tool (ASPT) ............................................................................................................ 68
Automatic Cell Planning (ACP) Module ........................................................................................................... 70
Single Site Optimization (SSO) Module ........................................................................................................... 74
Mentum Planet Open API (Development Kit) ......................................................................................................... 75
Conclusion ............................................................................................................................................................... 76
Overview.............................................................................................................................................................. 76

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What is Mentum Planet?


Mentum Planet is a reliable, award-winning RF network planning and optimization software used by
the majority of mobile operators and equipment vendors for RF planning, mobile network
optimization, and mobile network performance management. Mentum Planet supports all major
wireless access standards, including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, HSPA+, LTE (TDD and
FDD), Wi-Fi, WiMAX, cdma2000, EVDO, iDEN, TDMA, FDMA, TETRA, and P25. It addresses every
stage of the mobile network life cycle, from strategic RF planning to mobile network design and
management as well as re-planning and multi-technology/multi-vendor mobile network
optimization, including small cells and heterogeneous networks (HetNets).
By leveraging Mentum Planets state-of-the-art modeling capabilities and built-in automated mobile
network planning (ANP) capabilities including automatic cell planning (ACP), RF planning engineers
and optimization departments can select the best mobile network design and deployment
scenarios, automate RF network planning, manage large-scale networks and optimize mobile
network performance. Mentum Planet capabilities allow mobile operators to improve radio network
design quality, roll out next-generation networks faster, and ultimately, improve network CAPEX
and OPEX efficiency.
Mentum Planet is built to address the complex requirements of wireless broadband technologies.
Cellular networks are evolving quickly and RF planning tools play a critical role in their deployment.
Mentum Planet is at the forefront, offering new RF planning capabilities to support the latest
technological advancements, such as 3D planning in the Metro Network Design Package to support
the deployment of small cells in dense urban areas.
Leveraging the strengths of the InfoVista portfolio, Mentum Planet offers live RF planning by
integrating access to live data such as highly accurate, geolocated call traces, temporal selections
of network performance data, and live network configuration and parameters. It provides RF
engineers with an accurate view of the current state of the mobile network, its evolving traffic
demands, and existing network issues, and it facilitates timely radio network planning and
optimization decisions in areas of poor performance or quickly growing traffic demand. It also
enables easy hotspot identification for small cell rollouts, more accurate network analyses as well
as prediction-based mobile network optimization. Maximize your investment, increase revenues,
improve profitability, and accelerate the time-to-market with Mentum Planet, one of the worlds
most innovative and advanced RF planning tools and network optimization platforms.
The network of todays wireless operator must evolve to offer advanced data services costeffectively and stay one step ahead of the competition. New technologies such as LTE and Wi-Fi
present new opportunities, but their advanced features, their usage patterns, and the need for a
cleaner radio channel that can offer improved system capacity drive the requirement for innovative
RF planning and optimization software. Better network design practices are generating long-lasting
benefits in terms of the quality of service and network capacity. Mentum Planet is a wireless
network planning and optimization software that offers the ability to design better networks
through quality engineering solutions for the networks of today and tomorrow.

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Live Network Planning and Optimization

Mobile Call
Traces
Configuration
Management
Data

Network
Performance
Counters

Planet
Live

Figure 1: Mentum Planet Live Planning and Optimization


Mobile network planning and optimization is all about making the right decisions at the right time.
Mentum Planet live RF planning capabilities provide an up-to-date view of mobile networks and
enable RF engineers to focus on the right mobile network planning and optimization tasks. Mobile
network planning and network optimization aim to optimize mobile network performance. With
Mentum Planets live RF planning capability, this can be achieved. The integration of geolocated call
traces, network performance data, and live network configurations enable RF engineers to
effectively plan and optimize small cells and HetNets while ensuring network investments and
network improvements are directed towards areas where they will have the highest return.

True MultiRAN Support


Mentum Planet 5 - the fifth generation of this software platform - was built to address the complex
requirements of wireless broadband technologies for operators, equipment vendors, and consulting
firms involved in the planning, operation, and optimization of wireless networks. The Mentum
Planet product family supports most of the commercially deployed wireless standards, including
GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, HSPA+, LTE (TDD and FDD), LTE-A, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, cdma2000,
EVDO, TDMA, FDMA, DVB-H, TETRA, P25 and generic TDMA/FDMA systems using simulcast.

Next-Generation, Open Platform


Mentum Planet 5 was built to take advantage of the latest improvements in both software
technologies and computing technologies, namely multi-core processing architecture and 64-bit
computing, so that larger and more complex networks can be addressed. With easier-to-use
software, engineers can be more efficient. The next-generation architecture that was developed for
Mentum Planet translates into improved overall performance, scalability, and robustness of the

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application, which, in turn, improves the efficiency of the planning and optimization processes.
Along with performance and usability improvements, the new platform offers a higher degree of
flexibility allowing you to integrate other systems and automate tasks using the available open
APIs.

Accuracy as a Mantra
The value of any simulation-based planning solution is tied to its ability to emulate real-world
conditions. Mentum Planet excels at accurately modeling changes to the network configuration
prior to implementation so customers benefit from accurate budgeting and efficient planning that
results in an optimal return on investment in their deployed networks. At InfoVista, accuracy is a
guiding principle, which translates into network planning practices you can trust for the deployment
of your network. Given the reliance on quality geodata products, InfoVista also offers the largest
library of telecom-grade geodata products.

Advanced GIS Capabilities


Mentum Planet offers unmatched GIS capabilities with the inclusion of MapInfo Professional, a GIS
desktop system. This opens a world of possibilities to radio engineers who are working on network
designs. From the ability to produce professional-grade maps as layered PDFs to the ability to
perform complex analyses on any data produced such as coverage maps, the engineers using
Mentum Planet are able to transform data into information that can lead to better network design
decisions.

Designed for Scenario-based Planning


Wireless networks are continuously modified as the operator adapts to the growing customer traffic
demand while modernizing, expanding, and optimizing the network. In order to manage these
changes, the network planner needs a platform that can deal with the notion of scenarios. From the
early days of Mentum Planet, the very notion of scenario-based planning has been a key pillar in its
development. The result is that today, Mentum Planet offers unmatched capabilities when it comes
to the management of several scenarios concurrently, making it possible for the operator to
consider various designs and compare them in order to select the best one.

Advanced Heterogeneous Network Modeling Capabilities


Wireless networks are becoming increasingly complex with the use of multiple radio standards and
an increase in the number of small cells to offload traffic from the macro-cellular network. This puts
an increased pressure on ensuring that the design is right from an engineering and traffic
standpoint in areas where traffic demand is high and growing. Mentum Planet offers a full suite of
capabilities to enable the development of a sound plan when it comes to traffic offloading in a
multi-technology environment where the network architecture is adapted to the demand profile.
Now, more than ever, InfoVista delivers the most advanced and easy-to-use planning and
optimization product on the market.

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Figure 2: Mentum Planet offers support for all technologies in a single platform as well as
unmatched GIS usability with the introduction of MapInfo Professional 12.5

Why Use Mentum Planet?


Wireless coverage is a key asset of any wireless operator, irrespective of the technology. In
essence, the ability to wirelessly reach the end-consumer of the communication service determines
the ability to generate revenue from the network infrastructure. Alongside obvious economical
considerations, most operators have specific coverage obligations that their spectrum is tied to. A
wireless network planning and optimization solution like Mentum Planet is central to many of the
daily activities performed by wireless engineers.

Strategic Network Planning


Whether you are an operator looking to deploy a brand new wireless network or you want to
expand your existing network, there are a lot of technological options available to you and there
are equally, many different business approaches. The objective of the operator is to select the
approach that is right for the specific operating conditions (i.e., market, competition, legacy
infrastructure, spectrum availability, etc.). The strategic planning phase focuses on establishing a
cost/benefit ratio for all of the various scenarios that can be considered in order to fulfill a specific
set of objectives. With its ability to deal with scenarios and its unmatched post-processing analysis
of simulations, Mentum Planet is perfectly suited to handle the requirements of the strategic
network planner.

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Key requirements:

Scenario management
Batch processing
Analysis comparison
Statistical analyses and reporting
Accurate deterministic propagation modeling
Advanced traffic modeling
Automatic site placement and selection
Automated network optimization (ACP)

Figure 3: Comparison of three different MIMO configurations in terms of end-user data rates

Wireless Network Design


When performing the detailed design of a network, the engineer is faced with constraints all the
time. Finding the right sites and optimizing the radio configuration is something that requires
accuracy in all aspects of the work, as well as easy-to-use software solutions. When doing a
detailed design, the key is to quickly analyze various design options (i.e., candidate sites, antenna
configurations) either interactively or using automatic tools. Access to good quality geographical
information, such as up-to-date satellite imagery, is a significant cost saving factor as it reduces
site visits. With the inclusion of MapInfo Professional GIS as well as support for detailed modeling
of all radio-access standards, Mentum Planet is the worlds most trusted tool when it comes to the
design of a wireless network.

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Key requirements:

Automated model tuning


Accurate propagation modeling
Easy access to antenna models
Automatic planning capabilities
Accurate network modeling and simulations
Advanced GIS with available satellite imagery

Figure 4: Mentum Planet offers comprehensive and automated solutions for designing wireless
networks.

Network Troubleshooting and Optimization


Wireless network usage is constantly evolving. With the introduction of broadband wireless access
capabilities, there has been an increase in demand indoors. This, along with the use of new devices
and applications, results in variations in network demand over short periods of time. In order to
deal with this, operators must change their design philosophies and focus on resolving the
fundamental radio issues that exist in their networks. With the availability of several accurate
propagation models alongside extremely detailed modeling of the air interface for all radio
standards, Mentum Planet is the perfect tool to enable engineers to understand network issues so
that they can be resolved.

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Key requirements:

Accurate urban propagation (indoor and outdoor)


3D network traffic, coverage, and performance modeling
Advanced simulation solutions
Ability to import drive tests
Powerful statistical analyses

Figure 5: Mentum Planet offers a full range of capabilities for the optimization of a radio access
network.

Network Management
Ongoing management of a wireless network is no small feat. The production of coverage maps is,
in itself, a demanding task that needs to be done regularly due to the changes being implemented
in the network. Furthermore, todays network planning solutions are really part of a global
ecosystem of OSS/BSS tools that, together, are meeting the needs of operators to manage the
network and its evolution. Mentum Planet offers several capabilities that are uniquely suited to help
operators better manage their wireless reach. This ranges from the openness of the platform with
unmatched extensibility and programmability to the possibility of deploying Mentum Planet as an
enterprise solution with comprehensive multi-user capabilities.

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Key requirements:

Centralized deployment option (thin-client, desktop virtualization, virtualization, cloud)


Database extensibility
Availability of APIs for client and server integration
Use of standard data formats
Interface with network measurements
Interface with drive tests solutions
Ecosystem of fully integrated solutions
Easy data export and presentation (Excel, PDF, etc.)
Availability of Enterprise reporting and mapping solution (Mentum Fusion)

Figure 6: LTE traffic forecasting and cell loading simulation using Mentum Planet.

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Mentum Planet Packaging


Software Editions
In order to provide the flexibility required to meet both your requirements and your budget, Mentum Planet is
offered in four distinct editions.

Figure 7: Mentum Planet Software Editions

Mentum Planet Basic Edition


Mentum Planet Basic Edition is an entry-level product that offers strong propagation and modeling
capabilities but which is focused on small deployments. With an affordable price point, Mentum
Planet Basic Edition is a great value for the engineer who requires a network planning and
propagation solution but who is not managing a large scale network.
Typical use case: RF consultant conducting RF propagation studies for small networks.

Mentum Planet Professional Edition


This version of Mentum Planet is focused on small to medium deployments where multi-user
concurrent data management is not a requirement but where the management of multiple
technologies and the availability of all of the radio tools is a must.
Typical use case: Wireless operator with less than 1,000 BTS who requires a high-end network
planning tool.

Mentum Planet Enterprise Edition


This is the high-end solution large operators are looking for: a multi-user database-centric solution
along with in-depth modeling of multi-technology networks. With Mentum Planet Enterprise, you

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can select exactly which modules are required in order to have a solution that is a perfect fit for the
requirements.
Typical use case: Medium/large wireless operator.

Mentum Planet Ultimate Edition


With this software edition, the operator does not have to be overly concerned with requirements.
Mentum Planet Ultimate encompasses all Mentum-developed software modules available for
Mentum Planet1 today and in the future. This is a guarantee that there will be no additional future
software costs for your radio access network planning needs. This includes the newly released
Automatic Network Planning module (ANP) as well as support for all technologies right out of the
box. This edition includes Platinum support, which goes beyond Mentum Gold support (already
considered best-in-class within our industry).
Typical use case: Operator with complex requirements.

Mentum Planet Options and Modules


The Mentum Planet product family consists of a core platform, Mentum Planet, and a series of
associated technology modules, enabling configurations that will meet your requirements. Of
particular interest is that while modular, the Mentum Planet product family is completely integrated
and features and functions are enabled based on licensing. This translates into usability advantages
(i.e., all features work seamlessly together no matter which package you have) and results in cost
savings for you.

Mentum Planet Ultimate Edition does not include products sourced from 3rd party suppliers (e.g., the Universal Model) or that are not directly part of

the Mentum Planet family of products (e.g., Mentum Ellipse, Mentum Fusion, etc.)

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Figure 8: Mentum Planet Modular Packaging


Mentum Planet modules are broken out into technology modules that are designed to address the
modeling of specific radio access network technologies and optional modules that are technologyagnostic. You must have at least one technology module to use Mentum Planet. To this end, the
TDMA/FDMA technology module is included as part of all Mentum Planet software editions.

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Mentum Planet Base Package


The Mentum Planet base package bundles three key products:

The Mentum Planet desktop network planning software, including MapInfo Professional 12.5
(OEM)
The TDMA/FDMA technology module
The Data Manager, which offers database-centric multi-user capabilities (only available in
Mentum Planet Enterprise and Ultimate Editions)

All modules in the Mentum Planet family run natively and seamlessly in Mentum Planet and
therefore one license of the Mentum Planet software base package is required to run any of the
modules.

Mentum Planet
Mentum Planet is a next-generation network planning solution and the core product contains the
technology-agnostic capabilities that are required for the planning, management, and optimization
of wireless networks. Mentum Planet can be used by wireless operators to manage their mobile
networks, by equipment vendors for the rollout of turnkey solutions or by consultancy firms with
network design and optimization service offerings. Mentum Planet is the most modern product in
its class available in the industry (both in terms of software platform and wireless technology
advancements). It also continues the long-standing tradition of innovation that began in the early
nineties as MSI Planet.

Geographical Information System (GIS)

Mentum Planet GIS

MapInfo 12.5
Bing Maps, Bing road network, Open Street Maps base
imagery
Export of site data
Multiple GIS views with full layer control per view
Vertical Mapper raster data management
Advanced printing support including layered PDF output
Unlimited statistical capabilities

Mentum Planet GIS Feature Matrix

OEM MapInfo Professional 12.5, which offers


Multiple GIS views with full layer control per view
Geospatial queries
Workspace management for printing customization
Thematic data mapping
Quality mapping outputs, including legend designer
Hundreds or available GIS extensions
Export of site information and any generated layer to Google Earth and support of regular
view and 3D street view
Management of any cartographic data including:

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Ability

Digital elevation models (DEMs)


Land usage models (clutter)
3D building models
Demographic data
Vector data (roads, etc.)
Scanned maps
to access cloud-based geographical data and imagery

Figure 9: Small cells exported to Google Earth


good).

(tm)

along with NLOS backhaul coverage (blue =

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Propagation Modeling

Mentum Planet
Propagation Modeling

State-of-the-art propagation models for all environments


and wide range of frequencies
Automated Model tuning using measurement data
Merging of measurement data with prediction path loss
for increased accuracy
3D predictions
Multi-resolution support for all models
Multi-processed 64-bit propagation
Automatic Propagation Model Assignment based on
Propagation Signatures
Open APIs for addition of third-party propagation models
Unique Planet 3D Model and CRC-Predict propagation
models
Point-to-Point profiles
Multi-processor (and multi-core) capabilities

Mentum Planet Propagation Modeling Feature Matrix

Inclusion of several propagation models in the base package


Predict 4 (deterministic model)
Planet General Model (slope-based model)
Q9 Model (slope-based model)
Air-Predict for air-to-ground and ground-to-air propagation
Urban Model (deterministic model ported from Mentum CellPlanner)
Longley-Rice
Ability to generate predictions at multiple receiver heights to produce 3D predictions (i.e.,
multi-floor propagation)

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Figure 9: 3D prediction in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Point-to-Point Profile
Point-to-Point Profile

Availability of Point-to-Point predictions (as opposed to


Point-to-Area predictions)
Support for height, clutter, clutter heights, and building
data
Adjustable transmitter/receiver heights

Support for the following propagation models:


Planet 3D Model, including indoor signal strength calculations
Predict 4 (deterministic model)
Planet General Model (slope-based model)
Q9 Model (slope-based model)
Air-Predict for air-to-ground and ground-to-air propagation
Longley-Rice

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Figure 10: Planet 3D Model prediction in the Point-to-Point Profile tool

Live Network Planning and Optimization

Mentum Planet Live

Up-to-date cell configuration using the Configuration


Management platform
Import and parsing of native format call trace files
(Ericsson, Huawei, NSN, ZTE, generic .csv)
State-of-the-art geolocation engine for identification of
traffic hotspots and small cell planning and optimization
Network Performance KPIs - VistaInsight for Planet or
interface with third-party Performance Management
platforms
Call trace based network planning, troubleshooting and
optimization
Live social media feeds

Mentum Planet Live Feature Matrix


Mentum Planet offers live RF planning by integrating access to live data such as highly accurate,
geolocated call traces, temporal selections of network performance data, and live network
configuration and parameters. Mentum Planet Live offers the following key use cases:

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Better Network
Planning

Better Network
Optimization

Traffic hotspot
identification
Small cell planning
Accurate network
model

Neighbor list
optimization
RF network
configuration
optimization
Soft parameter
optimization

Improved Efficiency
Guided planning
and optimization
effort

Figure 11: Mentum Planet Live key use cases

Mobile Call Traces

Mobile Call Traces

Import and parsing of native format call trace files


WCDMA - Ericsson, Huawei, NSN, ZTE, and generic .csv
LTE - Ericsson, Huawei, ZTE, and generic .csv
State-of-the-art geolocation engine for identification of
traffic hotspots and small cell planning and optimization
IMSI identification, indoor/outdoor detection, Circuitswitched / Packet-switched differentiation,
stationary/mobile identification
Call trace based generation of network analyses (RSRP,
RSRQ, CPICH RSCP, etc.)
Call trace based optimization of neighbor lists
Call trace based optimization of antenna parameters (etilts, azimuths, etc.)

Mobile Call Traces Feature Matrix

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Mobile network call traces are reported measurements of the connection between the mobile device
and the network, collected at a specific logical point (RNCs for WCDMA and eNodeBs for LTE) in the
network. They contain call events and the associated layer 3 signaling, which is used to control
mobile connectivity. As such, it contains very valuable information such as:

Signalling information
Mobile measurements
User and phone identification

Determining areas of high traffic demand is a key requirement for network planning and
optimization. This is even more important when deploying small cells, where having the right
locations is critical in order to optimally increase network capacity. Optimal locations for small cells
are areas with high traffic demand and low offered (from the existing macro cells) capacity.
Leveraging/geolocating call trace data can help with the identification of high traffic areas. The
Geolocation engine in Mentum Planet leverages multiple filters/algorithms, in order to ensure
accurate geolocation. Along with other features, the Geolocation Engine in Mentum Planet comes
with an RF fingerprinting methodology, whereby the call trace signal strength measurements are
correlated/compared with propagation calculations generated with Mentum Planet propagation
models.

Figure 12: Call Trace Density in 3D around the Tokyo Station

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Mentum Planet also supports the import of call trace events that are geolocated by third-party software.
Whether geolocated by the engine in Mentum Planet or by a third-party application, geolocated call trace
events can be leveraged by Mentum Planet in many network planning and optimization use cases.

Figure 13: Leveraging network mobile call traces in Mentum Planet

Configuration Management Data

Configuration
Management

Up-to-date cell configuration with the Configuration


Management platform
Support for GSM, WCDMA/HSPA, LTE
User-triggered synchronization from within Mentum
Planet
Automated / scheduled synchronization with Mentum
Planet Data Manager

Mentum Planet Configuration Management Feature Matrix


Network planning and optimization requires accurate information on the live network configuration.
It has always been a challenge to keep network planning and optimization software up to date with

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the configuration of the live network. Not anymore. Mentum Planet 5.8 offers the ability to
synchronize the network model with the equipment vendors OSS, using the Configuration
Management Platform (Xeda). Engineers can now be sure that the data (i.e., sites, e-tilts, PCI,
scrambling code, etc.) in their planning and optimization software is in sync with the live network.

Figure 14: Data synchronization between Mentum Planet (and Data Manager) and the live network

Network Performance Management


Network Performance KPIs - VistaInsight for Planet or
interface with third-party Performance Management
platforms
Supported technologies:
WCDMA - Ericsson, Huawei, NSN
LTE - Ericsson, Huawei, NSN, ALU
Network Performance
Module

Traffic map generation based on live network


performance KPIs, including traffic trending/forecasting
Network analysis interference computation based on live
cell resource usage
Traffic offloading and cell optimization (e-tilts, azimuths,
etc.) based on live cell resource usage
Traffic and resource usage temporal aggregation (BBH,
95th percentile, forecast, etc.)

Network Performance Module Feature Matrix


The Network Performance module allows Mentum Planet 5.8 users to easily access live network
data thanks to the integration with the InfoVista network performance management platform, and
its interface with third-party platforms. Engineering teams can easily visualize Key Performance
Indicators (KPIs), conduct network analyses based on live traffic trends and cell loads, troubleshoot
network performance issues and identify areas for network optimization as well as address network
areas with capacity issues. By removing the guess work from mobile network planning, Mentum

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Planet can help operators optimize the subscriber quality of experience (QoE), improve ROI, and
lower CAPEX and OPEX.
Mentum Planet is now compatible with the VistaInsight solution for Mobile Network Performance,
which allows Mentum Planet users to:

Import, visualize, and analyze performance data from within Mentum Planet.
Leverage per-cell traffic data measured in live networks, in the Traffic Map Generator.
Leverage per-cell cell loads measured in live networks:
when generating network analyses
with the Automatic Cell Planning tool
with the Small Cell Planning tool

Figure 15: Visualization of Number of Call Drops in the Network Performance Inspector

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Cloud Ready Mentum Fusion


Task automation and coverage map publishing
Web-based visualization platform
Mentum Fusion

ETL for data integration


Nationwide coverage maps
Customizable web-based reports/dashboards
Bing maps

Mentum Fusion Feature Matrix


Wireless data demand is growing rapidly, creating pressure for wireless operators to deploy larger
and more complex networks. Managing these networks efficiently is a vital differentiator for
operators.
Mentum Fusions two components, server and web, streamline the connections between internal
and external stakeholders by making it easier to produce, integrate, access, analyze and modify
the information derived from air-interface simulations, measurements and the related network
configuration. In essence, this makes Mentum Fusion your unified hub for efficient management of
your most valuable asset: your wireless reach.

Figure 16: Mentum Fusion

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Multi-User Collaboration and Data Integration


The Mentum Fusion Server incorporates a data management system to facilitate multi-user project
collaboration and provides a centralized database for Mentum Planet projects, allowing users to
share key data in a controlled fashion. The solution is extremely flexible and fully supports thinclient architecture deployments of Mentum Planet based on Citrix as well as standard
client/server architecture. It has been successfully deployed to support more than 500 concurrent
users. The integration of external data sources is done with a flexible Extract-Transform-Load (ETL)
engine. It brings data together from several sources into a single view whereby selected data can
be merged and integrated in the Mentum Fusion Server. The integrated data can be used both in
Mentum Planet and in the Mentum Fusion Web application.

Task Automation and Coverage Map Publishing


Mentum Fusion Server automates the production of coverage and capacity maps, based on data
from the network planning database and from other sources of data such as network
performance measurements. It performs not only the underlying calculations of the air interface
performance but also automates all the steps required to produce customized coverage and
capacity maps.
Mentum Fusion supports scenarios, enabling production of several maps, each of them
corresponding to a specific view of the network. A typical use case could be the analysis of the
network capacity and coverage under different traffic demands. These maps can then be
combined together to produce high-level representations of an operators wireless network
capacity and coverage. Ultimately, Mentum Fusion streamlines production while at the same time
reducing the risk of manual errors typically associated with manual processes.
Coverage maps can be published to Mentum Fusion Web for further analysis, or in relevant
formats for use in other applications. Nationwide coverage maps can easily be rendered on a
regular basis.

Viewing and Analyzing


Mentum Fusion Web is a browser-based application that can be used to access network data,
coverage maps, and statistics produced by the Mentum Fusion server. It can be deployed across
the organization to give all stakeholders immediate access to updated information about the
network. With an intuitive interface, users can view and analyze the prepared information and add
additional business value by combining maps, statistics, charts, and reports into dashboards.
A key aspect of a network is its ability to provide coverage where users are. The mapping
capabilities of Mentum Fusion Web include Bing Maps or street maps.

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Figure 17: Mentum Fusion Web

Planet Engine
Mentum Planet algorithms
Web services
Planet Engine

Possible to integrate in SON solutions or other thirdparty applications (workstation or server applications)
Enables automation of Mentum Planet algorithms

Planet Engine Feature Matrix


In its simplest form, the Planet Engine can be seen as Mentum Planet without a Graphical User
Interface. The Planet Engine is a set of software engines, which are available in Mentum Planet,
and which can be interfaced with other applications. The Planet Engine allows third-party
applications to leverage Mentum Planet algorithms. These engines can be programmatically
accessed from or embedded in other applications (e.g., SON System) using Web services.

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Figure 18: Planet Engine

Architecture
The Planet Engine system is composed of Planet Engine and Planet Engine Server. Figure 19 shows
the way Planet Engine clients can interface with Planet Engine. In Figure 19:
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The dark blue boxes correspond to the Mentum Planet algorithms that are available in
Planet Engine.

The orange boxes correspond to the server software that needs to take inputs from the
Planet Engine client, pass them to the Mentum Planet engines, and return the results back
to the Planet Engine client.

The blue boxes correspond to the Planet Engine client.

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Figure 19: Planet Engine Architecture

Interface
Http and Https protocols are supported for the communication between Planet Engine and its client.
An interoperable service communication protocol (SOAP) is used, such that Planet Engine can serve
services that are implemented in any major language and on any Operating System, including
Linux. The data exchange format is XML.

Planet Engine Editions


Planet Engine is offered in three distinct editions in order to provide the flexibility required.

Planet Engine Design Edition


Planet Engine Design edition allows clients to leverage predictions, network analyses, the ability to
create Planet Engine sessions based on data from the Mentum Planet Data Manager (with also the
possibility to push data back to Data Manager), as well as the ability to leverage a set of RF tools
(e.g., PCID planning, neighbor planning).

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Planet Engine Optimization Edition


Planet Engine Optimization edition supports all the functionalities supported in the Planet Engine
Design edition. Additionally, this edition supports the Automatic Cell Planning tool, as well as the
Automatic Small Cell Planning tool for LTE.

Planet Engine Ultimate Edition


With this software edition, all the functionalities are supported, including the WCDMA and LTE
geolocation engines, as well as all optional modules.

Optional Modules
Optional modules available are:

Planet 3D Model
Network Performance Module
LTE Geolocation Engine
Advanced Measurement Data Package

Measurement Management

Native import of TEMSTM Investigation drive test data (log files) up to release 14.0
Native support of JDSUTM drive test data (AOD files)
Drive test data import
Visualization of drive test data
Filtering and analysis of drive test data
Performance statistics data import
Display of network performance statistics

User Interface and Data Editing

Start page with commonly used commands and contextual information


Structured data editing through contextual user interface
Tabular data editing and global editing
Site/sector data grouping
Site/sector flag management
Dynamic groups using queries
Fast search tool directly in the Project Explorer (sites and antennas)
Site template management
Scenario management including
Management of multiple network designs
Comparison of designs (differences, similarities)
Merging of designs
Management of data subsets (i.e., specific regions of the network)
Ability to attach files
Notification via email/SMS of analysis/simulation completion

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Traffic Management

OSS Traffic

High-Resolution Geodata

Easy retrieval of cell loads from OSS


Advanced data aggregation (e.g. 95th
percentile, maximum, forecast,
temporal selection)

Height, clutter, buildings


Building heights, types
Accurate propagation modeling for
traffic spreading

Accurate Traffic
Maps
Social Media Information

Geolocalized Call Trace Data

Figure 20: Inputs for Traffic Map Generation

Traffic map creation from live data measurements, demographic data, clutter data, and
market forecasts
Ability to create forecast traffic maps as a result of the integration with the InfoVista
Network Performance Management platform.
Ability to leverage geolocated call trace events as part of the traffic spreading algorithm
Ability to leverage social media as part of the traffic spreading algorithm
Support for an advanced traffic spreading algorithm (based on service probabilities)
Support for indoor/outdoor traffic spreading including 3D traffic spreading
Traffic map scaling and editing
Advanced traffic map manipulation
Traffic map smoothing and filtering
Ability to generate a traffic map from a fixed subscriber database
Ability to generate a traffic map that accounts for wireless LANs and local hotspots

Neighbor Planning Management

Advanced multi-technology algorithm (based on service probabilities) for the generation of


neighbor plans
Ability to define the maximum number of inter/intra RAT neighbors for different equipment
types

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Editing of the active neighbor list directly in the Site Editor


Ability to compare neighbor plans
Management of neighbor black lists as well as neighbor priorities
Ability to optimize existing neighbor plans
Neighbor plan analysis tool
Graphical neighbor plan editing
Neighbor plan merging tool

Interference Matrix Management

Support for multiple interference matrices including merging capability


Advanced algorithm (service probability with full signal overlap histogram) for interference
matrix generation
Editing and on-map visualization of an interference matrix

Antenna Management

New .pafx antenna format offers support for:


2D and 3D pattern modeling
Multi-band antennas
e-Tilt, e-Azimuth and e-Beamwidth
Smart antennas
Antenna ports
Dual, cross, and quad-pole antennas
Electrical controllers
Remote control units (RCU)
3-way antennas
Smart-beams and beam-forming antennas
Compressed format, allowing for smaller files
Antenna grouping
Antenna synchronization
Antenna queries that can be used with ACPs for automatic antenna selection
Online antenna library
Optimization constraint management for use with ACPs
Antenna tuning per sector in order to account for local obstacles
3D visualization of antenna
Antenna smoothing

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Figure 21: 3D Visualization of an Antenna Pattern in the Mentum Antenna Editor

Heterogeneous Network Analyses

Support for cellular layers (e.g., Macro, Micro, etc.)


Ability to define Local Area Networks, including indoor hotspots
Multi-technology analyses (e.g., multi-technology coverage maps)
Definition of cell selection offsets

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Figure 22 Wi-Fi cell loading resulting from data offloading from an HSPA network

Data Import, Export and Reporting

Site Creation tool (easy import of sites)


Data import from and export to Microsoft Excel or comma separated value files (.csv)
Selective import
Data comparison and preview tool upon import
Custom reporting tool with support for
Multiple report types
Ability to generate report templates
Support for Excel, CSV and MapInfo table format
Report Preview tool including charting and mapping capabilities
Automated migration from Mentum CellPlanner (GSM, WCDMA and LTE) and previous
Mentum Planet versions
Crystal reports

Tools

Dynamic Point-to-Point Profile tool


FCC contour generation and reporting
Smooth Contouring tool
Network Overlay tool
Sector Colorization tool (i.e., display schemes)
Carrier and Code Display tool for dynamic visualization of code/carrier assignments

Open Platform

New generation .NET based architecture with high level of scalability

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Planet Open API, which offers comprehensive software development capabilities for Mentum
Planet (only available in the Mentum Planet Enterprise and Ultimate editions)
Mentum Planet extensions, which can be installed to extend the capabilities of the
application
Import/Export command line interface (IECON)
Propagation modeling open platform
Data extensibility
Shared custom fields, through the Data Manager
Local custom fields, for a given project and user
Full compatibility with MapBasic programs

Figure 23: LTE Monte Carlo simulation in the Liverpool/Manchester area in the digital dividend band
using the optional LTE Technology Module.

Mentum Planet Data Manager


The Mentum Planet Data Manager Server is a centralized server that extends the capabilities of
Mentum Planet for multi-user collaborative network planning and optimization work. The Data
Manager is more than simple centralized database storage because it provides true collaborative
capabilities that can be applied both to the network configuration (e.g., site parameters) and files
used by network planning engineers (e.g., traffic maps). The result is the ability to implement
workgroup best practices that ensure a higher level of quality in the work done as errors are
avoided.

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Figure 24 Mentum Planet Data Manager 3-tier architecture.

Data Centralization

Storage of network configuration in MS-SQL or Oracle


Data centralization of all required files for project creation enabling end-users to easily recreate local Mentum Planet projects
Management of several projects/markets using a single Data Manager Server
API for integration of third-party systems with the Data Manager Server
Multi-server data replication

Multi-User Collaboration

Multi-user conflict resolution


Data locking, enabling specific files and/or records to be "checked out" by an end-user in
order to avoid possible multi-user conflicts
Data filtering, enabling large datasets to be divided into smaller logical subsets
Multi-user change tracking
Project merging and branching capabilities

Permission Management

Domain or login/password based authentication


Advanced permission management (i.e., user groups and individual user permissions)
Per project data extensibility, allowing management of additional fields in Mentum Planet
Per project user access permissions

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IT and Administration

32-bit and 64-bit Windows server compatible


Support for MS SQL and Oracle
Support for physical servers, virtualized servers, and cloud deployment
Fully multi-threaded for large scale implementations (e.g., more than 500 end-users)

Mentum Planet Technology Modules


Wireless technologies are evolving quickly and Mentum Planet offers support for all major radio
access network standards. The feature set of these technology modules continuously evolves with
new releases of Mentum Planet in order to keep up with the ongoing evolution of wireless
standards. While each technology module is licensed separately, Mentum Planet is a true multitechnology capable product that supports multi-technology networks using several radio standards
in the context of a single network planning project. This key feature enables far more realistic
modeling of the network when it comes to sharing physical assets, such as antennas, between
several technologies or bands. With a modular architecture and the use of software-based
licensing, Mentum Planet can be customized to fit your requirements today and can easily be
expanded in the future with additional modules in order to support your technology roadmap and
network planning and optimization requirements.

Mentum Planet TDMA/FDMA Module


Mentum Planet offers a TDMA/FDMA technology module as part of the base package. This
technology module offers generic support for a variety of TDMA/FDMA technologies and serves as
the basis for the simulcast/multicast extension that is offered as an add-on to the TDMA/FDMA
module. It provides coverage and interference analysis as well as channel planning capabilities.
Like all Mentum Planet technology modules, it can be seamlessly integrated with the other
technology modules. In addition, radios using TDMA/FDMA can be mixed with radios using other
technologies in a single Mentum Planet project.

Network Modeling

Multi-band TDMA/FDMA cell configuration including antenna sharing with other technologies
and/or bands
Simulcast cell parameter definition (with optional simulcast extension)
Carrier type and carrier group management

Coverage Analysis

Best server analysis


Interference analysis ( C/I, C/A, C/N+I, C/N+A, C/N+I+A )
Offender identification
Carrier coverage analysis
Coverage analysis
FER/BER analysis

Channel Planning and Management

Automated frequency planning


Interactive assisted frequency planning
Manual channel assignment
Color code planning

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Optional Simulcast / Multicast Analysis

Cell transmit time offset


Macro cell identification
Best server analysis
Coverage analysis
Multi-path delay spread
Time-of-arrival analysis (arrival and difference)
Offender identification

Figure 25: Simulcast coverage analysis in the Lisbon area using advanced propagation modeling.

GSM/GPRS/EDGE Technology Module


The GSM module offers a comprehensive set of features for planning and optimizing
GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. The Mentum Planet GSM/GPRS/EDGE technology module supports
traditional voice services as well as data services and it provides complete support for multi-band
and multi-technology networks. Like all Mentum Planet technology modules, GSM cells can be part
of a heterogeneous network where multiple access standards are mixed and physical components
such as antennas are shared, if appropriate. This module is essential for the operator who is
managing the capacity and coverage of an existing GSM network and it also offers unmatched
capabilities when it is time to harvest existing GSM spectrum for the rollout of broadband wireless
services using WCDMA, HSPA or LTE.
With the Mentum Planet GSM/GPRS/EDGE module, an operator, network vendor or radio
engineering consulting firm can:

Plan and design GSM network expansions for coverage and/or capacity
Deploy GRPS/EDGE and manage network capacity for voice and data networks
Manage frequency plans for existing and expanded GSM networks

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Manage the refarming activities of existing GSM spectrum for the deployment of 3G/4G,
including the associated challenges of frequency planning, capacity management, and intertechnology antenna sharing
Identify and manage indoor coverage issues

Figure 26: EGPRS coding scheme availability in Paris using high-resolution geodata and optional
Universal Model.

Network Modeling

Multi-band GSM cell configuration including antenna sharing with other technologies and/or
bands
Support for GSM sub-bands to manage non-contiguous spectral allocation
Hierarchical cell structure
Carrier type and carrier group management
Voice and data network modeling including service definition
Synthesized and baseband frequency hopping
Support for advanced GSM features such as discontinuous transmission (DTX), AMR, BCCH
hopping and downlink power control
Support for repeaters and split sectors
Support for ARFCN

Network Analysis

Ability to generate 3D network analyses


Coverage and interference analysis can be done for all carriers, by carrier type, for a specific
carrier or for hopping and/or non-hopping carriers for greater control of the specific analysis
to be performed
Multiple analyses can be generated in a single batch, allowing for greater efficiency when
looking into multiple scenarios (e.g., the impact of different traffic loading on coverage)
Fractional frequency reuse based on traffic for an interference calculation
Best servers analysis (Nth best server)

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Interference analysis (C/I, C/A, C/N+I, C/N+A, C/N+I+A)


Offender identification
Carrier Network Analysis
Network Analysis
FER, BER, RXQUAL analysis
GPRS/EGRPS service coverage and coding scheme availability

Channel Planning and Management

Management of multiple frequency plans and ability to report on differences (compare) and
selectively apply plans
High-accuracy algorithm (histogram-based on service probability) interference matrices for
finer control of co-channel and adjacent-channel interference
Traffic Analysis and Dimensioning tool
Automated Frequency Planning (AFP)
Interactive assisted frequency planning
Manual channel assignment
Color code planning
Support for frequency hopping (MAIO, MAL and HSN)

Figure 27: Manual modifications of frequency plan using the Interactive Frequency Planning tool.

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WCDMA/HSPA Technology Module


The Mentum Planet WCDMA/HSPA module is designed to support the requirements of operators
who are either migrating to 3G from an existing 2G network or rolling out a new 3G network. This
technology module extends the capabilities of Mentum Planet with support of all the latest
improvements made to 3G, including HSDPA (3GPP release 5), HSPA (3GPP release 6) and now
HSPA+ (3GPP release 7, 8), which offers greater spectral efficiency, end-user data rates, and
system throughput. The Mentum Planet WCDMA/HSPA module is the right solution for operators
looking to deploy mobile broadband wireless data services using a complete, accurate, and scalable
solution they can trust.
With the Mentum Planet WCDMA/HSPA module, an operator, network vendor or radio engineering
consulting firm can:

Plan and design 3G network expansions for coverage and/or capacity


Deploy mobile broadband data services using HSPA/HSPA+ and manage network capacity
for voice and data networks
Manage scrambling code plans for existing and expanding 3G networks
Manage refarming of existing GSM spectrum for the deployment of 3G
Identify and manage indoor coverage issues
Manage and optimize network capacity, coverage, and quality

Figure 28: Monte Carlo simulation of a WCDMA network with multiple services and environments.

Network Modeling

Definition of multi-band, multi-carrier WCDMA-HSPA network with carriers with mixed use
(WCDMA-HSPA)
Support for multi-carrier HSPA (MC-HSPA) including carrier aggregation for non-contiguous
carriers
Support for dual-carrier HSUPA (DC-HSUPA)

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Traffic assignment priorities between carriers


Antenna sharing with other technologies such as GSM or LTE
Definition of detailed subscriber profiles including terminal configuration, traffic,
environment distribution, service utilization and priorities/QoS classes
Definition of radio environments and orthogonality factor
Support for repeaters and split sectors
HSPA+ support including the modeling of MIMO
Ability to quickly generate a 3G network overlay from an existing 2G network using the
Network Overlay tool

Network Simulations

Monte Carlo simulator for evaluation of network capacity


Multi-carrier traffic handover including handover to 2G networks
Data rate negotiation based on QoS classes and priorities
Complete reporting on a NodeB, service and/or carrier basis for various KPIs including
throughput
user statistics
power
Ability to manage several simulations for comparative purposes

Network Analysis

Ability to generate 3D network analyses


Pilot network analysis
Pilot pollution analysis including unique pilot pollution index that accounts for both radio
performance and traffic density
Best server analysis (Nth best server)
Coverage and interference analysis (uplink and downlink)
Maximum achievable data rates (uplink and downlink)
Service probability (uplink and downlink)
Offender identification
Handover analysis
MIMO performance gain analysis
Spectral efficiency analysis
Ability to manage network analyses for comparative purposes, such as comparing coverage
before and after optimizations
Ability to generate several network analyses in a single batch, allowing for greater efficiency
when looking into multiple scenarios (e.g., the impact of traffic loading on coverage)

Scrambling Code Planning and Management

Management of multiple scrambling code plans


High-accuracy histogram-based interference matrices as optional input to scrambling code
algorithm
Support for scrambling code grouping
Scrambling code exceptions
Automated scrambling code planning (ASCP)
Manual scrambling code assignment

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Optimization Tools

Pilot Inspection tool for interactive analysis of handover scenarios and identification of
offenders
Ability to compare several scenarios (e.g., before and after optimization)
Optional Automatic Cell Planning tool (ACP)

Figure 29 Investigation of WCDMA interference problem over a bridge in Washington.

CDMA/EV-DO Technology Module


The Mentum Planet CDMA/EV-DO module is designed to support the requirements of operators who
are managing an existing CDMA/EV-DO network, expanding into new markets or simply deploying
a new network. This module is very well suited to the wireless operator who is overlaying LTE and
looking into harvesting spectrum currently utilized by its CDMA/EVDO network. This technology
module extends the capabilities of Mentum Planet with the support of all of the latest
improvements made to CDMA, including 1xRTT, EV-DO rev. 0 and EV-DO rev. A, EV-DO rev. B,
which offer greater spectral efficiency, end-user data rates, and system throughput. The Mentum
Planet CDMA/EVDO module is the right solution for operators looking to deploy mobile broadband
wireless data services and who require a complete, accurate and scalable solution that they can
trust. This is why the vast majority of CDMA operators worldwide use Mentum Planet to manage
and plan their wireless networks.
With the Mentum Planet CDMA/EV-DO module, an operator, network vendor or radio engineering
consulting firm can:

Plan and design CDMA, 1xRTT and EV-DO network expansions for coverage and/or capacity
Deploy mobile broadband data services using EV-DO
Manage network capacity for voice and data networks
Manage PN offset plans for existing and expanding CDMA networks
Manage the CDMA network while a LTE network overlay is being rolled out

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Identify and manage indoor coverage issues


Manage and optimize network capacity, coverage, and quality

Network Modeling

Definition of multi-band, multi-carrier CDMA/EV-DO networks including several EV-DO


revisions in a single project
Support for EV-DO rev. B.
Carrier aggregation
64-QAM modulation
Traffic assignment priorities between carriers
Antenna sharing with other technologies such as LTE and/or WiMAX
Definition of detailed subscriber profiles including terminal configuration, traffic,
environment distribution, service utilization and priorities/QoS classes
Definition of radio environments and orthogonality factors
Support for repeaters and split sectors
EV-DO support including the modeling of scheduler performance
Ability to quickly generate a 3G network overlay from an existing 2G network using the
Network Overlay tool

Network Simulations

Monte Carlo simulator for the evaluation of network capacity


Multi-carrier traffic handover including handover to 2G networks
Data rate negotiation based on QoS classes and priorities
Analysis of inter-system interference during static analyses as well as Monte Carlo
simulations
Complete reporting on a BTS, service and/or carrier basis for various KPIs including
throughput
user statistics
power
Ability to manage several simulations for comparative purposes

Network Analysis

Ability to generate 3D network analyses


Pilot network analysis
Pilot pollution analysis including unique pilot pollution index that accounts for both radio
performance and traffic density
Best server analysis (Nth best server)
Coverage and interference analysis (uplink and downlink)
Maximum achievable data rates (uplink and downlink)
Service probability (uplink and downlink)
Offender identification
Handover analysis
Spectral efficiency analysis
Ability to manage network analyses for comparative purposes, such as comparing coverage
before and after optimization
Ability to run several network analyses in a single batch, allowing for greater efficiency
when looking into multiple scenarios (e.g., the impact of traffic loading on coverage)

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Figure 30: Ec/Io analysis of cdma2000 network in Chicago.

PN Offset Planning and Management

Management of multiple PN offset plans


High-accuracy histogram-based interference matrices as optional input to scrambling code
algorithm
Support for PN offset grouping
PN offset exceptions
Automated PN offset planning including the ability to perform expansion planning (i.e.,
assign PN codes to new cells without modifying the existing plan)
Manual PN offset code assignment
PN Conflict Analysis tool with several output layers for the analysis of existing PN plans and
identification of possible problems

Optimization Tools

Pilot Inspection tool for interactive analysis of handover scenarios and identification of
offenders
Ability to compare several scenarios (e.g., before and after optimization)
Optional Automatic Cell Planning tool (ACP)

LTE Technology Module


The introduction of LTE in 3GPP release 8 is a major step forward when it comes to wireless mobile
broadband services. The greater flexibility of LTE provides substantial benefits for wireless
operators but this flexibility needs to be harnessed properly to ensure that rollout plans are sound.
Unlike previous wireless access standards, the air interface of LTE (E-UTRAN) provides greater
channel adaptation techniques, which translate into increased spectral efficiency when the channel

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can support it. This means that the network must be designed so that the channel can support
higher data rates where it matters most where the traffic is. This requires a reliable and accurate
network panning and optimization solution that has been proven in the field. In 2008, Mentum
Planet was the first network planning software to introduce LTE support in its product suite. Since
then, Mentum Planet LTE has become the de-facto standard in the industry. It is used for several of
the largest initial LTE deployments and by the majority of network vendors. Now in its eighth major
revision, Mentum Planet LTE is a mature product that offers a level of depth and refinement that is
unmatched in the market. Like all the Mentum Planet technology modules, the LTE network
modeling capabilities are seamlessly integrated within Mentum Planet, making it easy to support a
network with multiple radio access standards and shared physical components such as antennas.

Figure 31: LTE Standards


With the Mentum Planet LTE module, an operator, network vendor or radio engineering consulting
firm can:

Evaluate several strategic options when it comes to the rollout of LTE (e.g., evaluate the
MIMO configuration to rollout)
Overlay a 4G LTE network on an existing 2G and/or 3G network
Evaluate 4G LTE network capacity
Manage and automatically generate physical Cell IDs for LTE networks
Manage and automatically generate PRACH Root Sequence Plans for LTE networks

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Manage refarming of existing 2G and 3G spectrum for the deployment of 4G, including the
impact of inter-system interference (e.g., WCDMA interference on LTE)
Identify and manage indoor coverage issues
Optimize an LTE plan using the ACP (optional)

Network Modeling

Definition of multi-band, sub-bands, multi-carrier LTE networks (TDD and FDD modes)
Antenna sharing with other technologies such as GSM, WCDMA, and cdma2000
Definition of detailed subscriber profiles including terminal configuration, traffic,
environment distribution, service utilization, subscriber mobility and priorities/QoS classes
Definition of radio environments with full multi-band radio characteristic definitions
Advanced modeling of fading considering signal correlation
Support for repeaters and split sectors
Modeling of various MIMO configurations including support for combined spatial diversity
and spatial multiplexing (support for up to 8x8 MIMO)
Support for automatic MIMO switching including optimal switching point identification
Support for several MIMO configurations in a single project (i.e., assignment per cell)
Support for MIMO based on multiple antenna systems.
Modeling of various traffic scheduling algorithms
Modeling of inter-cell interference coordination (ICIC) , including the support of Fractional
Frequency Reuse, Soft Frequency Reuse, and Partial Frequency Reuse
Support for LTE-Advanced eICIC (enhanced ICIC), with the definition of Cell Selection
Offsets and Almost Blank Subframes.
Support for LTE-Advanced cross-carrier scheduling (also known as Carrier Aggregation
based ICIC).
Ability to quickly generate a 4G network overlay from an existing 2G or 3G network using
the Network Overlay tool
Support for LTE heterogeneous networks (HetNets)
LTE TDD de-synchronization support for Monte Carlo simulations and network analyses
PRACH overhead modeling (format and number of resources per frame), root sequence
planning & display
LTE hard handover gain modeling
Support for MBSFN (Multicast-Broadcast Single Frequency Network), also known as eMBMS
(enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services)
LTE hard handover gain modeling
Support for LTE carrier aggregation
Support for LTE Rel. 10 User Equipment specific resource elements
Interactive Analysis Tool
Simulation of Frequency Selective Scheduling
VoLTE specific features:
TTI bundling
Semi-persistent scheduling

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Figure 32: LTE Interactive Analysis tool

Network Simulations

Monte Carlo simulator for evaluation of network capacity


Data rate negotiation based on QoS classes and priorities
Simulation of interference coordination and scheduling algorithms
Simulation of spatial multiplexing and spatial diversity and impact on throughput and/or
channel quality
Ability to define maximum acceptable uplink and downlink cell loads
Support for LTE carrier preference
Simulation reports including
Throughput
User statistics
Power
Cell performance
Ability to manage several simulations for comparative purposes

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Figure 33: LTE 800 MHz simulation in the center of Tokyo with high-resolution 3D maps for indoor
performance assessment.

Network Analysis

Ability to generate 3D network analyses


Reference signal coverage, interference, and probability of coverage
Reference signal received quality indicator (RSRQ)
Synchronization channel analysis (coverage and interference)
Best servers analysis (Nth best server)
Composite coverage (i.e., service on the uplink and downlink)
Coverage and interference analysis (uplink and downlink)
Maximum and average achievable data rates (uplink and downlink)
Per-coding scheme coverage probability (uplink and downlink)
Service probability (uplink and downlink)
Spectral efficiency analysis (uplink and downlink)
Uplink required mobile power and mobile margin
MIMO (spatial diversity and spatial multiplexing) performance gain analysis
Interference coordination analysis
Offender identification
Ability to manage network analyses for comparative purposes, such as comparing coverage
before and after optimization
Ability to generate several network analyses in a single batch, allowing for greater efficiency
when looking into multiple scenarios (e.g., the impact of traffic loading on coverage)
Automatic calculation of uplink resource block utilization in network analyses

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Figure 34: Uplink 16QAM coverage assessment and analysis of downlink data rate statistics for the
entire network.

Figure 35: Average indoor LTE achievable data rate on first floor in 800 MHz band in Tokyo.

Frequency and Physical Cell ID Planning

Management of frequency and physical Cell ID plans


Automated Cell ID and frequency planning capabilities using advanced interference matrices
Advanced algorithm with MIMO consideration in PCID assignment
Visualization of frequency and physical Cell ID plans

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Creation of sequential plans for easier plan maintenance

PRACH Root Sequence Planning


Management of PRACH Root Sequence plans
Automated PRACH Root Sequence planning capabilities using advanced interference matrices
Visualization of PRACH Root Sequence plans
Creation of sequential plans for easier plan maintenance

Fixed Subscriber Management

Ability to manage several fixed subscriber tables


Individual and bulk editing of fixed subscribers
Definition of unique radio environments and CPE configurations for each subscriber
Import and export of subscriber tables from and to Excel
Ability to query subscribers based on parameters and/or radio performance KPIs
Analysis and display of radio performance for each individual subscriber
Support for imperfect fixed subscriber server parenting
Ability to create traffic maps from fixed subscribers

Optimization Tools

Ability to compare several scenarios (e.g., before and after optimization)


Optional Automatic Cell Planning tool (ACP)
Optional Automatic Site Placement Tool (ASPT)

WiMAX Technology Module


The WiMAX family of radio standards offers support for broadband wireless access to both fixed and
nomadic subscribers, leading to a wide variety of deployment scenarios for this technology, making
it quite different from a planning perspective to the more traditional mobile wireless standards of
3GPP. The Mentum Planet WiMAX module addresses the challenges associated with the deployment
and management of a WiMAX network whether addressing fixed or nomadic subscribers. It offers
complete modeling of the 802.16d standard, which is targeted as the delivery of wireless
broadband services to fixed subscribers, and the 802.16e standard, which targets nomadic and/
mobile deployment scenarios but is also used for fixed deployments.
Mentum Planet WiMAX is the de-facto industry for WiMAX network planning and optimization
because it models the entire WiMAX family of radio standards and its offers a suite of tools that
enables operators to manage and optimize their networks as they grow.
With the Mentum Planet WiMAX module, an operator, network vendor or radio engineering
consulting firm can:

Analyze multiple deployment scenarios to evaluate CAPEX requirements for WiMAX network
rollout (e.g., compare different equipment options from a coverage/capacity perspective)
Plan new WiMAX networks or WiMAX network expansions
Evaluate the upgrade of a legacy broadband wireless technology to WiMAX
Perform frequency planning (automated, assisted and manual) for a multi-carrier WiMAX
network
Plan and optimize preambles
Evaluate network capacity
Identify and manage indoor coverage issues
Optimize WiMAX network plans using ACP (optional)

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Figure 36: 802.16e best available modulation (downlink) in the center of Paris.

Network Modeling

Definition of multi-band, multi-carrier WiMAX networks including support for mixed 802.16d
and 208.16e radio standards
Definition of detailed subscriber profiles including terminal configuration, traffic,
environment distribution, service utilization, subscriber mobility, and priorities/QoS classes
Definition of radio environments
Support for repeaters and split sectors
Modeling of MIMO configurations including support for combined spatial diversity and spatial
multiplexing (support for up to 8x8 MIMO)
Modeling of smart antennas and beam forming
Modeling of spectral efficiency and adaptive modulation
Support for multiple frame configurations
Support for permutation and segmentation (FUSC, PUSC, etc.)
Modeling of BTS and CPE out-of-band filter characteristics
Modeling of interference from a foreign system (in-band or out-of-band)
Ability to quickly generate a WiMAX network overlay from an existing network using the
Network Overlay tool
Modeling of TDD de-synchronization

Network Simulations

Monte Carlo simulator for evaluation of network capacity


Data rate negotiation based on QoS classes and priorities
Simulation of spatial multiplexing, spatial diversity, and impact on throughput and/or
channel quality
Simulation reports including:
throughput
user statistics

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power
cell performance
Ability to manage several simulations for comparative purposes

Network Analysis

Ability to generate 3D network analyses


Best server layers (Nth best server and Nth best server signal strength) based on preamble
Ec or CINR with a maximum of 40 best servers
Per-channel or best-server based layers
Preamble and MAP CINR
Best channel identification
MIMO performance gains
Segmentation/permutation zone identification
Interference analysis (uplink and downlink) including consideration of adjacent channels and
foreign system interference
Best serving modulation (uplink and downlink)
Spectral efficiency (uplink and downlink)
Data rates (uplink and downlink)
Coverage and probability of coverage (downlink, uplink and both)
Ability to generate several network analyses in a single batch, allowing for greater efficiency
when looking at multiple scenarios (e.g., the impact of traffic loading on coverage)

Figure 37 Assessment of 2.6GHz WiMAX (802.16e) coverage in San Francisco.

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Fixed Subscriber Management

Ability to manage several fixed subscriber tables


Individual and bulk editing of fixed subscribers
Definition of unique radio environments and CPE configurations for each subscriber
Import and export of subscriber tables from and to Excel
Ability to query subscribers based on parameters and/or radio performance KPIs
Analysis and display of radio performance for each individual subscriber

Frequency and Preamble Planning

Manual, assisted, and automated assignment of channels, preamble, ID Cell and subchannel groups
Downlink and uplink perm base planning
Support for fixed and nomadic/mobile WiMAX
High-accuracy histogram-based interference matrices as an input to the automated
frequency and preamble planning process
Visualization of frequency plans and preamble plans

Optimization Tools

Ability to compare several scenarios (e.g., before and after optimization)


Optional Automatic Cell Planning tool (ACP)

Figure 38 Analysis of frequency and preamble plan using the Interactive Frequency and Preamble
Planning tool (IFPP).

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Wi-Fi Technology Module


The Wi-Fi family of standards is used to provide broadband data capability over a short range
(typically less than 100 meters). Unlike cellular technologies, Wi-Fi is not designed to offer
contiguous coverage over a large area through handover between cells but rather to offer coverage
over a small area such as a campus or an indoor or outdoor hotspot. Unlike cellular technologies,
Wi-Fi uses unlicensed spectrum, which makes it harder to control interference. Wi-Fi standards
have evolved substantially since the introduction of the original 802.11 standard. Improvements
initially focused on the air interface performance with new releases associated with an ever
increasing connection data rate through the introduction of new features and capabilities (i.e.,
larger bandwidth, MIMO, higher order modulation, OFDM, etc.). There are currently three active
standards from an air-interface perspective: 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac. This improvement of
the air-interface performance has enabled Wi-Fi to become the de-facto global standard for
wireless LANs (private and public). Today, Wi-Fi is used for four primary reasons:
a.
b.
c.
d.

Private (home) wireless LAN


Private (office) wireless LAN
Public wireless LAN (cafes, airports, outdoor, etc.)
Data offloading solution for cellular networks

Mentum Planet Wi-Fi enables the modeling of Wi-Fi networks with a primary focus on outdoor
solutions (although it also supports indoor Wi-Fi). With the introduction of the heterogeneous
network analysis capabilities (part of Mentum Planet core), it is possible to model Wi-Fi as a
solution for offloading traffic from a 3G/4G cellular network. In the context of the spectrum
shortages associated with the rapid growth experienced by wireless carriers, the nonexistent cost
of the Wi-Fi spectrum is of key interest.
With the Mentum Planet Wi-Fi module, an operator, network vendor or radio engineering consulting
firm can:

Analyze the coverage and capacity of Wi-Fi networks


Compare the performance of various Wi-Fi standards and options (band, bandwidth,
release, etc.)
Evaluate the CAPEX requirements associated with the deployment of Wi-Fi (e.g., number of
sites, etc.)
Analyze the use of Wi-Fi to offload data traffic from cellular networks
Optimize Wi-Fi network plans using ACP (optional)

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Figure 39: Wi-Fi downlink best available modulation in a 20MHz channel at 2.4GHz.

Network Modeling

Definition of multi-band, multi-carrier Wi-Fi networks including support for a mix of the WiFi standards (802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac)
Definition of radio environments
Support for repeaters and split sectors
Modeling of MIMO configurations including support for combined spatial diversity and spatial
multiplexing (support for up to 8x8 MIMO)
Modeling of smart antennas and beam forming
Modeling of spectral efficiency and adaptive modulation
Cyclic prefix configuration (802.11n, 802.11ac)
Support for multiple channel bandwidths (802.11n, 802.11ac)
Definition of channel availability
Support for manual and automatic channel assignment (primary and secondary channel)
Automatic Frequency Planning tool

Network Analysis

Ability to generate 3D network analyses


Common (all channel bandwidths) and per-channel bandwidth analysis
Best server layers
Wi-Fi standard analysis
MIMO performance gains
Interference analysis (uplink and downlink) including consideration of foreign system
interference (Wi-Fi or other systems)
Best serving modulation (uplink and downlink)
Data rates (uplink and downlink)
Coverage and probability of coverage (downlink, uplink and both)

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Interfering sectors analysis


Ability to generate several network analyses in a single batch, allowing for greater efficiency
when looking at multiple scenarios (e.g., the impact of traffic loading on coverage)

Optimization Tools

Ability to compare several scenarios (e.g., before and after optimization)


Optional Automatic Cell Planning tool (ACP)
Optional Automatic Site Placement tool (ASPT)

Mentum Planet Optional Modules


Mentum Planet offers several optional modules that are can be used with various network
technologies. These modules include advanced propagation modeling tools, advanced
measurement tools, optimization capabilities, and microwave planning solutions.

Metro Network Design Package


The design and optimization of wireless networks in urban areas is a complex task. Not only is it
important to ensure that all network information is defined accurately (e.g., antenna placement)
but there is also a need to visualize the network performance in 3D because the environment is
fundamentally made of tall man-made structures. Furthermore, considering that the majority of the
network traffic in urban areas is indoors, there is a need for a solution that enables the
visualization of coverage KPIs indoors. Mentum Planets Metro Network Design package is a brand
new module consisting of the Planet 3D Model for accurate propagation modeling and the Metro
Designer for 3D network visualization. The Metro Network Design package enables engineers to
develop better wireless networks in the urban cores.
With the Metro Network Design package, an operator, network vendor or engineering consulting
firm can:

Predict coverage with a model optimized for 3D propagation


Visualize a city in 3D
Visualize indoor and outdoor network coverage
Visualize multi-floor coverage in 2D or 3D
Ability to select Surface mode for visualization on the building facades and rooftops.

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Figure 40: 3D visualization of the indoor connection data rate over multiple floors in Monaco.

Planet 3D Model
Part of the Metro Network Design package
Designed for urban environments, but can be used everywhere, including in mountainous
areas where the receiver is higher than the transmitter.
Supports frequencies between 100 MHz and 60 GHz
Supports all cellular layers (including macro-cells and small cells)
Optimized for 3D propagation, in terms of accuracy, performance and scalability
Supports all geodata solutions (i.e., height, clutter, clutter height, polygons)
Multi-resolution support (e.g., height/clutter at 30m resolution, and building polygon data),
with optional dual-resolution calculation)
User-adaptable in-building penetration algorithm
Automated Model tuner for optimal accuracy
Designed for urban environments, but can be used everywhere, including in mountainous
areas where the receiver is higher than the transmitter.
Supported in Point-to-Point Profile and tools in Mentum Planet that require point-to-point
predictions

3D Presentation

Display of the environment in full 3D mode, including terrain and buildings


Navigation inside the 3D environment
Presentation of any coverage or traffic layer in 3D view
Display of multi-floor coverage inside buildings
Control of shading, lighting and transparency between layers/buildings/terrain
Ability to query coverage layers in 3D
64-bit native platform for higher scalability and ability to handle entire metropolitan area

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2D Presentation

Ability to visualize the coverage for a given target floor (or height)
Ability to query coverage layers in 2D

Advanced Measurement Data Package (AMDP)


The planning and design of wireless networks often involves the use of real-world measurements in
order to validate, analyze, and improve on network modeling and simulation practices. Leveraging
data is something that is at the heart of the Mentum Planet platform, which supports capabilities to
deal with cell-level network performance indicators and drive tests. The Advanced Measurement
Data Package (AMDP) provides additional capabilities that enable engineers to take further
advantage of drive tests performed with scanners and test mobile devices. The ultimate goal of the
AMDP is to provide engineers with the tools they need to improve the accuracy of propagation
models and simulation practices, which ultimately translates into improved network quality and
performance.
With the Advanced Measurement Data Package (AMDP) an operator, network vendor or radio
engineering consulting firm can:

Use scanner measurements in order to validate/analyze propagation model accuracy


Use test mobile data in order to analyze specific call events
Identify and diagnose problem areas on which to focus optimization efforts
Use measurement data in order to improve propagation models
Manage large-scale measurement campaigns (i.e., bulk scanner measurement imports)

Figure 41: Data import utility is flexible enough to adapt to most drive test export files.

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Scanner Data Drive Test Import

Generic importer allows for field mapping and the creation of import mapping templates
Native support for TEMSTM drive test data (log files)
Native support for AgilentTM scanner binary files (AOD format)
Support of RSSI-only measurements, scanner measurements or test mobile measurements
Automatic measurement assignment based on cell identification (e.g., BSIC/BCCH pair for
GSM)
Intelligent parsing to remove potential confusion in cell identification based on path loss and
distance

Data Visualization and Analysis

Map visualization of measurements including color based on an indicator (e.g., RSSI)


Ability to define display templates to switch between different indicators (e.g., RXQUAL,
RXLEV, etc.)
Identification of call events on the map (test mobile measurements only)
Data browser (test mobile measurements only)
Advanced data filtering and averaging capabilities
Ability to compare measurements (any indicator) with predicted indicators

Survey and Prediction Merging

Ability to merge measurements with predictions

Propagation Model Analysis

Automatic bulk validation of propagation models


Additional information to help engineers select the most appropriate model
Detailed statistics such as mean error, standard deviation, correlation, etc.
Statistics per sector, survey, model, distance and clutter, effectively enabling engineers to
better understand the source of the problem (e.g., incorrect model or incorrect survey)
Presentation of statistics in the form of tables or charts and export to Excel for further data
manipulation

Figure 42: The AMDP provides bulk validation of propagation models based on scanner surveys

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Mentum Ellipse Microwave Engineering Tool


Mentum Ellipse is the leading wireless backhaul/microwave solution on the market. As with Mentum
Planet, it is offered in different software editions, ranging from Mentum Ellipse Basic Edition to
Mentum Ellipse Ultimate Edition. All editions of Mentum Ellipse can be integrated with Mentum
Planet. For radio network planners who are looking for a cost effective add-on to Mentum Planet,
Mentum Ellipse Basic Edition might just be the right fit. It offers a comprehensive set of microwave
planning capabilities within the context of Mentum Planet. For a complete description of the
capabilities of Mentum Ellipse, refer to the Mentum Ellipse product description.
With Mentum Ellipse, an operator, network vendor or radio engineering consulting firm can:

Design microwave links directly from within Mentum Planet


Evaluate link performance and reliability
Manage several microwave links and visualize them in Mentum Planet
Visualize microwave links in Google EarthTM

Figure 43: Mentum Ellipse offers native integration with Mentum Planet alongside the standalone
transmission-network focused product.

Visualization and Management of Microwave Links

Visualization of microwave links on Mentum Planet maps


New Project Explorer category for the management of microwave links
Ability to create new microwave links as well as import to and export from Mentum Ellipse
standalone
Visualization of path profiles
Report of microwave link performance and parameters

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Microwave Link Analysis

Propagation models (i.e., General, General Diffraction, ITU-R P. 452-12)


Multipath models (i.e., General, K.Q. factor, ITU-R P. 530-13, ITU-R P. 530-7/8, ITU-R P.
9/12, Vigants-Barnett)
Rain models (i.e., General, Crane, ITU-R P. 530-7/13)
Performance objectives (i.e., ITU-T G. 821, 826, 828)
Availability objectives (i.e., ITU-T G. 821, 827)

Equipment Database

Antenna database
Radio database
Feeder database
Frequency plan database
All databases can be shared with Mentum Ellipse standard and/or Enterprise

Other Capabilities

Ability to visualize microwave links in Google Earth TM

Universal Model (UM)


The Mentum Universal Model (UM) is an advanced hybrid model that combines several propagation
modeling techniques resulting in unmatched accuracy and calculation performance, regardless of
the environment. With mobile demand migrating from outdoors to indoors and the need to focus on
CINR (rather than only on coverage) in order to improve system capacity of mobile broadband
wireless data services, propagation modeling accuracy is again proving critical in all aspects of the
network lifecycle- from initial planning to ongoing network optimization. The Universal Model
supports high-resolution 3D geodata thus drastically improving accuracy in the areas where it
matters most: the urban centers. Not only is the Universal Model accurate when tuned, it is also
highly reusable offering clear benefits when it comes to the expense required for model tuning.
Operators throughout the world are adopting the Universal Model because of the clear and tangible
benefits it provides. With the Universal Model, operators, vendors and consulting firms can design
better networks that cost less and perform better.
With the Mentum Universal Model (UM), an operator, network vendor or radio engineering
consulting firm can:

Improve propagation modeling accuracy in all radio environments


Leverage 3D geodata in order to achieve substantial accuracy gains in urban areas
Reduce network model tuning costs as a result of the higher reusability of the model across
environments
Reduce network rollout costs with higher accuracy in planning practices
Improve network quality with reliable propagation modeling
Evaluate indoor coverage and identify buildings with indoor coverage problems

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Figure 44: Mentum Universal Model offers comprehensive modeling of the radio propagation
environment.

Propagation Modeling

Support for all cellular bands from 400 MHz to 5 GHz


Support for multiple cell types, from high boomer sites to micro cells
Hybrid models combine together to provide support for multiple environments, from rural to
urban centers
Support for multiple resolutions, including 3D high-resolution geodata for urban centers
Modeling of three phenomena: vertical diffraction, horizontal-guided propagation, and
reflections on mountains
Ability to predict indoors, with an advanced indoor algorithm and possibility to define perbuilding propagation characteristics
Ability to model a signal going through vegetation
Ability to predict outdoor signal levels from indoor cells
Support for a higher accuracy masked model and a better performance and ACP-compliant
unmasked model

Model Tuning

Automatic model tuning


Advanced calibration mode to automatically discard unreliable measurement points
Model accuracy report generated upon calibration that includes error statistics and
information on discarded measurements
High-performance model tuning takes seconds or minutes

Additional Features

Ability to generate predictions at two resolutions in order to reduce computation time


Ability to automatically calculate the propagation radius required
Train mode for propagation along railways that considers the angle of arrival for in-train
coverage as well as the type of track construction
Automatic antenna correction when 3D geodata is used to avoid having antennas indoors

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Ability to have indoor transmitters (i.e., propagation from an indoor environment to an


outdoor environment)

Automatic Network Optimization Solutions

Automatic Network
Optimization

64-bit multi-threaded Automatic Cell Planning tool


Site Selection and Optimization
Support for all major Radio Access Technologies,
including LTE, LTE-A, and Wi-Fi
Wide selection of optimization goals, including
patented "Spectral Efficiency" goal for maximization
of network capacity
Support for shared antennas, split sectors, and
advanced antenna configurations
Automatic Site Placement Tool
Single Site Optimization tool

Automatic Network Optimization Feature Matrix


InfoVista offers a complete range of fully integrated capabilities for automatic network planning and
optimization. With two distinct software products (Mentum ACP and Mentum Cluster ACP), which
cover the entire range of automatic network planning requirements. In addition, the vast majority
of the ACPs on the market are fully integrated with Mentum Planet because of the open platform
offered by Mentum Planet and the use of standard and open data formats.

Figure 45: Functional Capabilities of Mentum Automatic Network Planning Solution

Automatic Site Placement Tool (ASPT)


The Automatic Site Placement tool is a solution for dimensioning and initial planning of new
wireless networks, geographical expansions, or technology overlays. The Automatic Site Placement
tool allows for the quick creation of a baseline network plan based on target traffic and terrain
where sites are placed such that the traffic is covered without exceeding a traffic limit per site. The
Automated Site Placement tool also offers an option to select locations for sites based on a list of
candidate sites. This can substantially reduce the level of effort associated with finding appropriate

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sites when performing network expansions or overlaying new technologies. One key aspect of the
Automatic Site Placement tool is its ability to work on large-scale areas such as nationwide
networks.
With the Mentum Planet Automatic Site Placement Tool (ASPT), an operator, network vendor or
radio engineering consulting firm can:

Perform realistic network dimensioning for new networks, geographical expansions, or new
technology overlays
Create initial network plans for new networks, geographical expansions, or new technology
overlays
Assess the impact of traffic or link budgets on the required number of sites for a target
coverage area
Identify potential locations for site searches
Select sites that are better suited to reach coverage targets from a candidate site list

Figure 46: LTE network coverage in the UK for a network automatically generated using the
Automatic Site Placement tool.

Automatic Site Placement

Basic mode for hexagonal site placement structure


Advanced mode for site placement based on traffic and terrain
Definition of target area for site placement (i.e., polygon)
Ability to control site template based on environment (e.g., urban site configuration for sites
in urban clutter)
Ability to automatically configure site height in order to limit captured traffic
Selection of site locations based on terrain (i.e., clutter and height)

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Automatic Site Selection

Ability to define candidate site list


Ability to force site activation
Definition of candidate priorities in the site selection or de-selection process
Ability to activate sites from the candidate site list or allow for the creation of additional
sites when candidate sites do not provide sufficient coverage and/or capacity

Automatic Cell Planning (ACP) Module


With the Mentum ACP, you can optimize the configuration of all sites in the network, ensuring that
you utilize the investment in network equipment to the fullest. Deployment of LTE network overlays
and the addition of capacity in 3G networks are typical use cases. The Site Optimization tool finds
the optimal configuration for sites in the network based on radio propagation characteristics,
optimization goals, and constraints.
Today, multi-technology support is expected and the Mentum ACP is designed to deliver that truly. The ACP handles split and shared antennas between technologies. The traffic load is
dynamically shared between technologies during the optimization as a consequence of changes to
the antenna configuration. The optimization goals can be combined across technologies to achieve,
for example, cdma2000 coverage and quality goals as well as LTE capacity goals. The optimization
constraints are defined at the cell level in Mentum Planet. They encompass the parameters to
configure (i.e., output power, antenna model, mechanical as well as electrical azimuths and tilts)
and the associated ranges.
To find the optimal network configuration is the ultimate goal; however, in a network optimization
scenario, all suggested changes are not of interest due to the cost for implementation. The Mentum
ACP therefore produces Optimization Reports where suggested changes and their impact on
network coverage, capacity, and quality can be studied in detail. For additional support for the
selection of the right network configuration, the Mentum Planet ACP also includes an interactive
visualization and analysis tool.
Being natively integrated with Mentum Planet, the Mentum ACP is very easy to use and requires
limited additional settings as existing project parameters are re-used.
With the Mentum Automated Cell Planning tool (ACP), an operator, network vendor or radio
engineering consulting firm can:

Create better network plans that offer improved coverage, capacity, and quality
Automatically plan large network clusters and improve the productivity of the radio planning
department
Lower capital and operating expenses through the ability to select a more optimal cell
configuration
Enable what-if scenarios for comparing several different network rollout approaches (e.g.,
where to roll-out MIMO in an LTE network)
Find sites to de-commission when merging/sharing existing networks

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Figure 47: Progress report of a site selection with optimization using the Mentum Planet ACP.

Support for Radio Standards

GSM
WCDMA
HSPA
LTE (FDD and TDD)
CDMA
EV-DO
TDMA/FDMA
WiMAX
Wi-Fi

Network Planning Goals

Management of several optimization profiles, each one made of several goals, which can
include...
Coverage goals (e.g., RSRP goal)
Quality goals (e.g., CINR goal)
Capacity goals (e.g., Spectral efficiency improvement goal)
Uplink and downlink goals
Inter-system goals (e.g., CDMA coverage and LTE spectral efficiency)
Ability to perform an optimization against multiple profiles (e.g., different set of goals for
urban areas versus rural areas)
Support for traffic-based weighting
Each goal can have its own unique weighting

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Traffic offloading during optimization to account for traffic movement as


network parameters are modified
Ability to define costs and budget considerations
Ability to use multiple radio environments (e.g., outdoor and indoor targets) in a single
optimization
Ability to define several optimization areas in a single optimization

Figure 48: The Mentum Planet ACP allows for the management of several goals in a single
optimization profile.

Optimization Parameters

The Mentum ACP uses antenna constraints, costs, and priorities already managed in
Mentum Planet
Antenna tilts (electrical and mechanical)
Antenna azimuth (electrical and mechanical)
Antenna beamwidth (electrical)
Antenna synchronization constraints (e.g., dual beam antennas)
Transmitting power
Antenna selection (i.e., ability to select the most optimal antenna)
Site selection (i.e., selection of the most appropriate sites to select from a list of candidates)

Optimization Rollout Report

Ability to see the optimization at each step of the way (rollout plan)
Report of changes as delta analysis or as a new plan
Ability to easily apply any plan directly to the current plan

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Figure 49: The Mentum Planet ACP supports the use of several optimization profiles during an
optimization, allowing the optimization "targets" to vary across the network

Performance, Scalability and Accuracy


The Mentum Planet ACP is fully multi-threaded and runs in a native 64-bit environment (provided
that the OS supports it). Furthermore, the development of this ACP was done with scalability in
mind and, as such, it is able to deal with very large scenarios. For example, it is possible to
perform a site selection and optimization for a network that supports millions of subscribers,
typically composed of thousands of cells, without the need to divide the network into smaller
clusters. This superior scalability is achieved without impacting the modeling of the access network
which is exactly the same in the Mentum Planet ACP and in the Mentum Planet network analysis
and simulation solutions. For end users, this means results that can be trusted for larger networks,
effectively making it very convenient to use an ACP.

Interactive Cell Planning Capabilities


When using an ACP, it is important for the engineer to understand and evaluate the
recommendations that are proposed. In effect, the ACP does not replace the work of the engineer
but simply facilitates and accelerates the decision-making process. The Mentum Planet ACP offers a
complete set of capabilities to examine the recommendations made by the ACP. Completely
integrated with the Mentum Planet ACP, this feature not only makes the analysis of a
recommendation easier but also facilitates the comparison of scenarios against each other in order
to determine an optimal solution.

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Figure 50: Interactive Cell Planning tool used in Monaco for LTE coverage and spectral efficiency
optimization.
The Interactive Cell Planning tool offers:

Near-instantaneous visualization of network coverage layers for any specific recommendation


Calculation of the statistical impact of the proposed changes
Before and after analysis (e.g. improvement layers, etc.)
Visualization of network configuration changes
Support for cell optimization and cell selection projects
Analysis of results on a per-goal and per-area basis or in aggregate

Single Site Optimization (SSO) Module


The engineers local knowledge is often one of the most important elements in creating a good
network design that will lead to the lowest possible cost and the best possible performance. The
SSO can assist the engineer who is performing manual network design optimization by speeding up
and simplifying the process associated with antenna configuration changes which are done either
entirely manually or using automatic optimization. With the SSO, the engineer can try more
options, visualize the outcome easily, and can measure the impact of these changes in near real
time. This leads to faster and better decision making.

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With the Mentum Planet Single Site Optimization (SSO) tool, an operator, network vendor or radio
engineering consulting firm can:

Visualize the impact of changes on the network in near real-time


Fix local issues by trying different site/antenna configuration options
Improve network capacity and coverage
Fine tune configuration results generated by an ACP

Figure 51: With the SSO, coverage and/or CINR resulting from the changes to the antenna
configuration is updated in real-time, allowing the engineer to make decisions quickly.

Near Real-Time Manual Site Optimization

On-the-fly update of the coverage or CINR layer when parameters are changed
Ability to change azimuth, mechanical tilt and electrical tilt, azimuth, and beamwidth.
On-the-fly update of served traffic based on changes to the antenna configuration

Automatic Site Optimization

Support for all radio access technologies


Use of ACP optimization profiles or generic profiles

Mentum Planet Open API (Development Kit)


Mentum Planet is a native .NET based application that offers unmatched openness and
development capabilities through the use of the Mentum Planet Open API, which is available upon
request for end-customers to use. This development kit allows end-users to develop .NET based
applications that utilize the capabilities of Mentum Planet, whether to extend what Mentum Planet
already offers or to develop new capabilities that rely on some of the data and/or calculation
engines that are available in Mentum Planet.

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Mentum itself uses the development capabilities of the Mentum Planet API to develop Mentum
Planet extensions. These applications extend the functionality of the core product and available
modules. Mentum Planet extensions are easy to deploy and install. Extensions can be prototypes of
functionality, free of charge add-on functions, or can be licensed for sale.
Contact Customer Support for information about Mentum Planet extensions.

Conclusion
Mentum Planet offers the best network planning and optimization software on the market with a modern easyto-use interface, interactive Wizards, complete feature suite, and innovative algorithms.

Overview

Mentum Planet
Features

Live Network Planning and Optimization


Mobile Call Traces, Performance Management,
Configuration Management, Social Media
Support for all major Radio Access Technologies,
including LTE, LTE-A, and Wi-Fi
Cloud Ready Using Mentum Fusion
Optimization solution (antenna, neighbor list, frequency,
PCI, Scrambling Code, site selection, etc.)
3D Capabilities (Predictions, Analyses, Traffic Maps,
Metro Designer, etc.)
MapInfo GIS and advanced statistical capabilities
Planet Engine
Open Platform

Mentum Planet Feature Matrix

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