23 Jul 2018 Stop Making Time For Your Network Designs
Have you ever forgotten your phone when you’ve left the house, and felt utterly lost without it? It isn’t that surprising, considering how reliant we are on them.
No, this isn’t going to be one of those articles bemoaning society’s over-reliance on our phones. Our phones make our lives easier. Fact. We’ve got internet banking, calculators, real-time weather reports, calendars and even apps to control our smart home utilities. All offer life optimising services.
Except Candy Crush. You’ll never get back the time spent on that one, trust me.
Let’s talk about mmWave.
To beat congestion in regular radio frequency spectrums, people are turning to the millimetre wave spectrum as an alternative for high speed wireless network connectivity. Sitting between 60 GHz and 70-80 GHz frequencies, these high frequency bands feature narrow beams that do more to battle interference than most other alternatives, making mmWave the preferred choice in data-greedy urban environments.
It’s come a long way from being used for simple one-off PtP links between a tower and a wireline PoP. A backhaul link on the same tower as the RAN made the site acquisition and power supply easy, but those days are gone.
Network design engineers are now having to deal with complicated deployment scenarios that take up substantially more time than ever before. They now have to consider the boosted capacity demand whilst navigating hundreds of links that intersect throughout cities. That’s X times longer that you need to think about frequency coordination, about what capacity to deploy at, location, and scalability possibilities.
Sure, it’s still a far cry from the interference-heavy spectrums that other solutions have to deal with, but that’s no reason to spend days plugging away on a network design when it’s costing you time and money that simply don’t need to be wasted.
It’s time to optimise.
I’m not talking about those simple Link Budget Calculators. No, think bigger. Think today’s smart phone level advanced optimisation.
Think mmWave Network Design Automation.
This year saw the unveiling of Siklu’s first ever SaaS Wireless Network Design Engine (WiNDE). Designed to give network engineers back their time, WiNDE doesn’t just calculate lowest costs, it tells you what equipment you need, and where, whilst outputting a BOM and comprehensive configuration files for every node in the network.
Follow the 5-step wizard and boom—WiNDE calculates thousands of possible PtP and PtMP network designs across mixed topography with a focus on optimisation of performance and cost. No in-depth experience needed.
So, congratulations network designers, the future of mmWave network design is here to take the weight off your shoulders. Use your time for better things and still produce the most cost effective, high performing wireless network deployment.