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:
All Mobile Core, Backhaul and RAN connections for the 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE, Wimax) networks can be managed in IMS, such as:
- VC4, STM1
- STS1, STS3, OC3
- 100MB, 1GBE, 10G
- ATM PVC’s
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.
Example of 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.
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.
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.
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.
Below screenshot a cable route of two equipment on different location connected to each other via internal cabling and distribution frames.
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:
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:
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: