Technologies From 2G to LTE

At present, the “Common Planning & Configuration Manager (CPCM)“ and “CPCM – Network Auditing“ support the following technologies:

GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications; 2G)

The radio access technology 2G still provides a large number of cells in most of the radio access networks. Despite the introduction of newer technologies, such as UMTS or LTE, mobile network operators are facing the challenge to either keep up the current status of the existing GSM infrastructure or modernize it. Both, the Common Planning and Configuration Manager and CPCM – Network Auditing support GSM technologies for voice and data transmission.

UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)

UMTS is currently playing a central role in the fast transmission of data. To manage an existing UMTS network as well as its expansion, wireless carriers can use both, the Common Planning and Configuration Manager (CPCM) and CPCM – Network Auditing. Both solutions are technology- and vendor-independent.

LTE (Long Term Evolution)

Maintain existing processes and ensure smooth operation: These frame conditions are of major importance to mobile network operators when building and expanding an LTE network. At the same time, the introduction of LTE has significantly increased the complexity of neighbourhood or handover planning - because uninterrupted handovers with UMTS or GSM networks are basic conditions.

In order to support mobile network operators optimally in the network planning and operation, MicroNova AG has integrated the LTE technology into the Common Planning and Configuration Manager and in CPCM – Network Auditing. With both solutions and the help of a GUI, users can easily generate, manage and customize configuration parameters and configuration data sets required by LTE. Thanks to an integrated management of all system interfaces, the data is transmitted to the planning systems as well as the live network in the usual manner.

Small Cells – from Femto to Micro

Femto, Pico or Micro Cell: Despite the small coverage from a few to several hundred meters, the small mobile cells have become integral elements of the mobile network - because they ease capacity constraints and close network gaps. However, to ensure a smooth interaction with the rest of the radio network, network operators must also consider to completely integrate the so-called Small Cells into the planning processes and operation.

Particularly the rapid availability of femto cells for end users requires a comprehensive and automated solution for network provisioning: The Common Planning and Configuration Manager from MicroNova, for instance, synchronizes the planning data of femto cells with the planning and operating data of the macro network.