New BeamPlanner Software Optimizes RF Patterns to Improve Cell Capacity

Blue Danube Systems has unveiled new BeamPlanner software platform for its BeamCraft active antenna systems. This new software platfrom optimizes RF patterns to improve cell capacity and coverage based on siting conditions and dynamic user distributions.

The BeamPlanner Software maximizes the effectiveness of multi-site active antenna deployment with sophisticated network optimization intelligence by directing RF energy to where the traffic is while steering clear of interference from neighboring sites. In addition to this, it automates network-wide configuration, scheduling, and management of BeamCraft systems and integrates seamlessly with existing wireless carrier’s RF planning workflows to simplify design in today’s dynamic mobile world.

Blue Danube recently completed its third commercial trial and first outside North America with Telstra in Australia where BeamPlanner was first used at a customer site. The Telstra trials, conducted in the 1800 MHz FDD spectrum, further demonstrated BeamCraft’s capability to form and switch beams with high fidelity to enhance network performance through a combination of improved coverage, capacity and interference reduction. The company’s earlier trials in the PCS and AWS spectrum, which started a year ago, established the industry’s first Massive MIMO systems in FDD networks. With the latest demonstrations, BeamCraft is also the first Massive MIMO system to be implemented in three different FDD bands with multiple operators.

In addition to the new trial, the company also received its first revenue order from a North American customer for a multi-site BeamCraft FDD deployment where BeamPlanner will be instrumental as part of the planning process to deliver an optimized site solution. More trials are planned for Europe, Asia and Latin America later this year, and the company will be opening an office in Europe in October to support the growing number of customers and partners.

Blue Danube also announced the appointment of its new Vice President of Sales, John Shelnutt, as the company expands its executive team after raising its first Series-C funding recently in a round led by Silver Lake Kraftwerk.