Atoll was the first LTE network planning software on the market in 2008. Today, Atoll offers a powerful platform for operators to plan and optimise LTE and LTE-Advanced networks. Atoll is being used by a large number of LTE operators worldwide.


Atoll supports integrated network planning for 3GPP (GSM/UMTS/LTE/NB-IoT) and 3GPP2 (CDMA/LTE/NB-IoT) multi-RAT networks. It features a multi-technology network database, a unified traffic model, a combined Monte Carlo simulator, and a multi-RAT ACP (Automatic Cell Planning) module. Atoll provides operators with a comprehensive and evolutionary framework for planning and optimising multi-technology networks including small cells, integrated Wi-Fi, and IoT.

Network Modelling

  • Support of all 3GPP LTE frequency bands and carrier configurations
  • Comprehensive support of FD- and TD-LTE
  • Support for multi-layer network deployment scenarios
  • Support for intra- and inter-band carrier aggregation
  • Support for coordinated multipoint (CoMP) transmission and reception
  • Support for C-RAN architecture
  • Support for donor and relay nodes
  • Support for eICIC and ICIC
  • Advanced bearer and service modelling
  • MIMO: transmit/receive diversity, SU-MIMO, MU-MIMO, adaptive MIMO switching (AMS)
  • Beamforming smart antenna modelling

Traffic Modelling

  • Modelling of voice and data services with different QCIs
  • Modelling of UE categories, user equipment, user profiles, and traffic environments
  • Multi-service raster and vector traffic demand maps from multiple sources including traffic data from live network measurements
  • Fixed subscriber traffic modelling

Simulation and Analysis

Advanced LTE Monte Carlo simulator including RRM power control, interference control, inter-cell coordination, aggregation, and backhaul (S1) capacity constraints

Generation of prediction plots, based on simulation results or on cell load figures from the live network including:

  • Cell and network coverage analysis
  • Downlink and uplink interference analysis
  • Downlink and uplink service areas
  • Effective service areas
  • Downlink and uplink throughputs
  • Downlink and uplink quality indicator analyses
  • PCI, PSS ID, SSS ID, and PRACH RSI collisions

Coverage plots combining predicted and measured values from live network KPIs and UE/MDT traces

Neighbour Planning

  • Manual and automatic multi-frequency and multi-layer neighbour planning
  • Hybrid neighbour allocation process based on predictions and live network data

Interference Matrices

  • Prediction-based interference matrices
  • Open format allowing import of measurement-based interference matrices and editing interference matrices using 3rd party applications

Multi-RAT Network Planning

Integrated planning and optimisation for 3GPP (GSM/UMTS/LTE) and 3GPP2 (CDMA/LTE) technologies:

  • Unified network databases with site and antenna sharing
  • Unified multi-service traffic model
  • Combined Monte Carlo simulator
  • Simultaneous display and analysis of network layers

Inter-technology handover modelling

Inter-technology interference analysis

Automatic Frequency Planning - AFP (option)

  • User-definable constraints and flexible cost function
  • Hybrid allocation process based on predictions and live network data (neighbours, handover KPIs, interference matrices, etc.)
  • Allocation of frequency channels and fractional frequency planning (FFP)
  • Automatic PCI planning considering PSS, SSS, RS, UL DMRS, and PCFICH collisions
  • Automatic PRACH RSI planning

Automatic Cell Planning - ACP (option)

  • Automatic optimisation of network coverage and capacity
  • Site selection and activation for greenfield and densification scenarios
  • Identification of critical network zones and high-traffic areas using live network KPIs and UE/MDT traces
  • Advanced radio coverage, quality, as well as capacity and throughput objectives
  • Antenna selection and parameter optimisation (height, azimuth & tilt)

Automatic Site Positioning - ASP (option)

  • Automatic creation of new site locations according to surface-wise, traffic-oriented and population-based coverage objectives
  • Site deployment in multiple zones (urban, suburban, rural, etc.), along roads and railways
  • Intelligent implementation plan with the selection of the best sites to deploy

 

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