CPCM Full Scope – the Bridge between Radio Network Planning and Network Operation

CPCM achieves the maximum configuration by integrating the planning tools for the mobile operators‘ existing mobile and fixed-line network. Based on CPCM Network Audit or CPCM Network Audit Plus, the gap between planning and operation can be filled. The planning tools usually operate largely on vendor-neutral standard models (3GPP) and consider only a very small proportion of the parameters essential for the RAN configurations. Therefore, it is first necessary to perform a transformation to the respective vendor model.

The specifications (KPIs) provided by the network operator or network engineering are transferred to CPCM in the form of planning rules and parameter templates. This classification of parameters reduces the complexity of the parameter scope, which can be adjusted manually by the network planner/optimizer to up to ten percent. The remaining 90 percent is automatically generated in the vendor-specific format, based on the specified rules, default requirements, or network-wide parameter sets (NWP templates). This procedure guarantees compliance with the standards prescribed and checked by the network operator both in the planning process and in the subsequent transfer into the network.

The multi-vendor capability ensures compliance with the engineering rules across vendors, technology, and regions. The power of CPCM is apparent here, since this is where both vendor tools and SON solutions already available on the market reach their limits.

A powerful data editor provides the user with direct access to the parameters. These can be displayed in the vendor-specific standard model or a customized model (simplified model). The editing functionality makes it possible to systematically modify parameters and perform associated global changes. Similarly, new objects such as neighborhoods, cells, and TRX can be created, validated, and finally passed to operation. By coupling consistency checks, any inconsistencies and data errors are detected early and can be resolved immediately.

As with CPCM Network Audit Plus, after a planning data set is approved, it is first reconciled with the live network. In addition to pure radio optimization measures, the Full Scope solution supports mobile operators in dealing with complex use cases, such as the roll-out of new sites (site creation), re-homing, and capacity expansions, etc. This gives thema certain advantage: that the mobile network‘s transport connections (e.g., Abis, IuB, IuR, X2) and necessary core configurations (MSC or MGW) are considered and configured in the same context. For network operators, CPCM Full Scope is a tool for the comprehensive and automated configuration of the wireless network.

CPCM Full Scope includes full integration into the system environment of a mobile operator, including adaptation to existing processes. The key features of this solution include:

  • Integration of existing mobile and fixed-line network tools
  • Full multi-vendor support for mobile network and fixed-line network parameters, based on the relevant vendor NBIs
  • Integration of KPIs prescribed by engineering and automated transfer of vendor-neutral planning parameters into the vendor-specific data model, based on the following parameter classes:
    • ERA (Engineering Rule – Automatic): Vendor-specific constant parameters are automatically generated using vendor-neutral planning parameters and plan design rules (plan design macros)
    • ERS (Engineering Rule – Switched): Vendor-specific parameters are automatically generated using vendor-neutral planning parameters and plan design rules (plan design macros); these can subsequently be adapted to the live network by the network planner or optimizer
    • OPT (Optimizable): The planner or optimizer can subsequently adapt vendor-specific parameters that cannot be derived from other parameters or parameter classes and that are preset to a default value to the live network
    • NWP (Network-wide Parameter) – configuration templates that are specified by the plan design or the equipment vendor and that are to be equated in the entire live network or in parts of the network (e.g., indoor/outdoor)
  • Support for all common use cases for configuring the full RAN