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Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Network Planning

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Network Planning Inventory

VC4’s IMS OSS software application is a complete Mobile Core network planning inventory tool. IMS is not only a planning tool for the Mobile Core network but for 2G, 3G, 4G (LTE, Wimax) Backhaul and RAN networks as well. With IMS telecom providers can manage the following functionalities:

Connections

All Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN connections for the 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE, Wimax) networks can be managed in IMS, such as:

  • 2Mb/VC12/E1
  • 1.5Mb/VC11/T1
  • VC4, STM1
  • STS1, STS3, OC3
  • 100MB, 1GBE, 10G
  • VLAN’s
  • ATM PVC’s
  • Microwave

And that for all connections like such as (but not limited to) A, Abis, Ater, Iub, IuCS, IuPs, Iur, Gb, Gd, Gf, Gi, Gr, Gs, Mc and Nc.

A graphical overview can be drawn for each connection. This is done “on-the-fly”, calculated from the information held within the database. All details of the worker and protect route is given, including leased line details. The user can decide what kind of information is visible on the screen like location details, card details or DDF/ODF information.

Example of a 2Mb Abis connection (from BSC to BTS) running over SDH and Microwave network.

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN 2Mb Abis connection over Microwave network

2Mb Abis connection running over SDH and Microwave network

Example of 3G IuB connection from RNC to NodeB

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN 3G_IUB

3G IuB connection from RNC to NodeB

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Connection Layering

In the IMS OSS software tool it is very easy to walk through the different connection layers. For example from 2MB to VC4 to STMx and vice versa.

In SONET networks from T1 to T3 to STSx to OCx and vice versa.

Below an example of sub VC4, including channel and KLM numbering.

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Sub channels of a VC4

Example of sub VC4

Equipment

The IMS software application has the capability to model all Mobile 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE, Wimax) CORE, Backhaul and RAN equipment as well as all other platforms, like SDH/SONET, WDM, Ethernet, MPLS, Voice, DSL, PDH, Microwave, Servers, Power, Sync, Electrical and Mechanical.
IMS is vendor independent, so all types of all vendors can be modeled on IMS.
For each shelf/sub-shelf the front and back layout can be modeled in a graphical representation.
Below there are some examples.

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Huawei RNC (Huawei BSC6900UMTS)

Huawei RNC (Huawei BSC6900UMTS)

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Huawei BBU shelf (BTS Node B)

Huawei BBU shelf

 
 

 

 

 

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Ericsson AXE – GEM unit

Ericsson AXE – GEM unit

 Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Alcatel Lucent Transcoder (TC)

Alcatel Lucent Transcoder (TC)

 

 

 

 

DDF-ODF related to Mobile network equipment

Equipment can be pre-wired to a patch panel , DDF, ODF or other type of distribution frames. These frames and cabling can be stored in the system.

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN DDF-ODF related to Mobile network equipment

DDF/ODF related to Mobile network equipment

Users can create the digital and optical distribution frames with location as starting point.
DDF/ODF shelves and patch panels can be positioned in a rack.
Each frame has a front and a back. Per frame position a connection/patch can be made to equipment (pre-wiring) or other frame.
Below a screenshot of an ODF with its positions.

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Screenshot of an ODF with its positions

ODF with its positions

Below screenshot a cable route of two equipment on different location connected to each other via internal cabling and distribution frames.

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Distribution-frames

Cable Route of two equipment

Relation between Mobile networks and other platforms

The IMS system will give the relation between Mobile 2G, 3G, 4G (LTE, Wimax) CORE, RAN and Backhaul and other platforms, like SDH/SONET, MPLS, Ethernet, Microwave and Fiber.

This relation can be a carrier/sub relation or circuit/cable between ports of the different platforms. See schematic drawing below:

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Relation between Mobile networks and other platforms

Relation between Mobile networks and other platforms

Logical information

Logical information can be stored in the IMS database, such as location/site information, order information, customers.

For the RAN and Backhaul network it is possible to store logical Antenna information.

Example screenshot of some BTS data:

Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN Example of some BTS data

Example of some BTS data

Network Map

Graphical network drawings can be created in the Network Map functionality.

All items on the Network Map are drawn from the database. Equipment and connections can be opened directly from the Network Map. Configuration of the network can be done via this form.

Below example screenshot:

Networkmap Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN

Networkmap Mobile Core,Backhaul and RAN