Indoor wireless planning can be defined as the process to plan and optimise wireless networks that use indoor antennas and transmitters to deliver and improve indoor coverage and capacity.
Indoor wireless planning aims at delivering a seamless wireless (4G, 5G, WiFi, IoT…) connectivity to improve coverage and capacity in those challenging indoor areas.
Indoor/outdoor Wireless Network Challenges
In mobile networks, a large part of the data traffic comes from indoor mobile phone users, so hotspot coverage and capacity have a key impact on user experience, such as in commercial zones, large venues, metros, airports, campus, and enterprise buildings.
Increased traffic and user expectations have led mobile operators to use new technologies such as DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) when deploying indoor wireless networks to deliver increased coverage and throughput inside buildings and venues.
Indoor/outdoor Propagation Modelling
Modelling interactions between outdoor sites and indoor antennas is necessary when planning 4G and 5G networks. Outdoor sites can generate interference inside buildings and modelling outdoor to indoor propagation and vice-versa is key to generate optimal in-building network plans and integration with the outdoor network. Advanced network and propagation modelling is needed as dominant propagation mechanism are different in outdoor and indoor configurations.
Indoor wireless network design and optimisation with Atoll In-Building module
Extending the capabilities of Atoll, our industry-leading radio access network planning and optimisation software Atoll In-Building module provides operators with a comprehensive toolset for indoor wireless network design and analysis. Atoll provides mobile operators with a unique integrated indoor and outdoor propagation modelling and RAN planning framework for planning 4G and 5G networks.