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Comparison of Atoll & Planet for LTE

Planning

Version
1.0

Date
16.9.2009

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First version

Introduction
This document is trying to compare the basic capabilities
between Forsk Atoll 2.8.0 and Mentum Planet 5.0 for LTE
planning. Only the single PC operation is considered. The
comparison is on the following based on designing a small
cluster using these tools
Network settings
MIMO handling
Perform coverage prediction studies
Perform Monte Carlo simulation

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Summary
ATOLL

PLANET

Software Installation

Easy and fast

More difficult and take


much more time

Project Setup
Create a new project

Easy

Easy

Project Setup Import Easy


an existing project

Easy

Dependence on 3rd
party products

No

Depending on
MapInfo

Learn how to use the


tool

Easy

More effort needed

Algorithms for the tool

Available

Not available

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Summary
ATOLL

PLANET

FDD mode and


carrier/channel
definition

Easy

Easy

Antenna Import

More options

Accept only .paf


format

Propagation Model

Support more types of Asset model is not


models
supported yet

Exchange data with


Excel

Easier, but multiple


tables have to be
exported one by one

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More difficult, but


entire project can be
exported once

Network Settings

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LTE Bearer Definition


ATOLL

PLANET

All bearers are supported

Bearers with bits/symber < 0.5 are


not supported. The min value for
bits/symbol is 0.5.

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Bearer Link Adaptation Table


ATOLL

PLANET

An SINR threshold is defined for


each bearer, each mobility type,
each mode (SISO, SIMO, MIMO
TxDiv, MIMO SM) in DL and UL.

An SINR threshold is defined for


each bearer, each mobility type,
each mode (SISO, SIMO, MIMO
TxDiv, MIMO SM) in DL and UL.

For each bearer, the SINR threshold SINR threshold for BLER, BER
for BLER, BER can also be defined. cannot also be defined.

MIMO SM gain and TxDiv gain can


be defined for each bearer

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MIMO SM gain and TxDiv gain can


be defined for each bearer

Scheduler for Monte Carlo Simulation


ATOLL

PLANET

More options available: each column


below has multiple options

Less Flexiable: 2 options only.


Scheduler none only allocate
minimum resource to each UE

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Cell and UE Equipment

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Site/Cell Settings

Power
Settings

ATOLL

PLANET

RS power offset can be set;


SCH & PBCH power offset
can be set

RS power offset can be set

Transmitter Each sector antenna can be


Location
located differently from the
site location

All sector antennas must be


located in the same location as
the site

Tx/Rx loss

Can be calculated by tool


based on site configuration
or entered manually

Calculated by tool based on


site configuration

DL loading
and UL
noise rise

Can be defined for coverage Can be defined for coverage


prediction purpose
prediction purpose

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Other Parameters
ATOLL

PLANET

Terminal
Type

Multiple UEs with different


capabilities (ex. # of Tx or Rx
antennas, supported bearers
in UL and DL) can be defined

Multiple UEs with different


capabilities (ex. # of Tx or Rx
antennas, supported bearers in
UL and DL) can be defined

Service
Type

Service priority, traffic


demand are defined for each
service

Service priority, traffic demand,


and QoS class are defined for
each service

Subscriber For each subscriber type, the For each subscriber type, the
Type
used terminal, service usage used terminal, service usage
are defined
are defined
Mobility

Mobility can be defined


explicitly

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Mobility cannot be defined


explicitly, but it can be included
implicitly in bearer definition

MIMO Handling
ATOLL

PLANET

Easy to use

Easy to use

Spatial
Easy to use
Multiplexing

Easy to use

AMS

A bug exists, which will be


fixed in later release

Working properly

AMS work
around for
NSN*

Easy to implement

Method 1 is difficult to
implement; Method 2 is easy to
implement

Transmit
Diversity

Accuracy of Accurate
AMS work
around*
* See <LTE_RF_Planning_Planet Vx.x.ppt>
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Introduces errors for DL


average data rate layer

Coverage Prediction and Statistics


ATOLL

PLANET

Prediction
Type

Can be defined individually.


More options are available

Can be selected only from a


list of pre-defined predictions

Define the
Area for
Prediction

The area is defined by a


polygon, which can be
drawn easily

The area can be the computer


screen, or be defined by a grid
file

Range and Easily performed by


Interval
specifying the START, END
Definition
and STEP SIZE

Each step level from start to


end must be specified. More
difficult to use.

Display
Prediction

Can display coverage for


each specified level

Display the coverage for entire


range only

Statistics

Table or Histogram

Table or Histogram

UL CINR

UL power control is assumed No UL power control. SINR is


so that the SINR is upper
based on max UE power
limited by the threshold for
the highest MCS

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Monte Carlo Simulation and Statistics


ATOLL

PLANET

Define Area
for
Simulation

The area is defined by a


polygon, which can be
drawn easily

The area can be the computer


screen, or be defined by a grid
file

Statistics

More information available.


Info for each individual
mobile is available

Less information available. Info


for individual mobile is not
available

UL Loading
and Noise
Rise

More reasonable

Noise Rise is too low (<0.2 dB


when average loading>60%)

Traffic Map

Easy to create

More effort needed for new


users

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Monte Carlo Simulation


ATOLL

PLANET

Mobiles not served (all dots) are


intended to be everywhere

Mobiles not served (black dots only) are


concentrated in weak coverage area

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Summary
While a conclusion is required for comparison in general, we are
trying to avoid it due to the limited tests on the 2 tools.
However, in general it is believed that
Atoll 2.8.0

Easy to use for new users


Easy to create statistics
MC simulation results are more reasonable
Users have better understanding the tools due to the availability of all
algorithms and formulas

Planet 5.0.0.230

More difficult to use for new users


More difficult to create statistics
MC simulation results (UL noise rise) seems not reasonable
The tool is harder to understood due to the unavailability of all
algorithms and formulas

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