InfoVista, the provider of network performance orchestration solutions, has launched Planet 7, the latest release of its RF planning and optimisation software.
The company claims Planet 7 will offer key enhancements to support 5G-NR (New Radio). The new capabilities are designed to enable mobile network operators to efficiently plan, model and optimise radio coverage for 5G network deployments in non-standalone mode for the current 3GPP R15 specifications, as well as future standalone 5G networks. Planet 7 is already in use in a live 5G deployment by a Tier 1 US mobile network operator and its vendor partner.
Planet 7 is billed as the world’s first commercially available 5G-NR planning software solution, allowing mobile operators and vendors to design and optimise the highest-performing networks.
Among other features, Planet 7 supports Massive MIMO for RF planning. Massive MIMO has been developed as the technology that will deliver the spectral efficiency promised by 5G. InfoVista says Planet 7 is the only carrier-grade solution capable of modelling advanced antenna systems, leveraging its native 3D modelling support and ability to manage complex beamforming antenna arrays.
Planet 7 also includes support for millimetre wave propagation modelling, together with precise mapping data designed for such higher bands.
In a separate development InfoVista has announced an evolution of its TEMS network testing solutions with the release of several new products. The newly launched products are designed to maximise the benefits, in terms of efficiency, total cost of ownership, agility and accuracy that mobile operators can gain from the use of true end-to-end mobile network testing. The evolved TEMS portfolio has automation, orchestration and real-time cognitive analysis capabilities.