Part of CellDesigner, CellNetwork allows detailed analysis of point-to-point links up to 60 GHz. Single point-to-point links can be designed considering terrain, clutter, tower heights, and multiple-knife diffraction. CellNetwork™ can display obstruction in Fresnel zones as well as the path loss. Tower height requirements are automatically displayed for each configuration. A database of all other existing links can be assembled on a regional or national basis.

For lower frequencies, CellNetwork uses the Picquenard method (also known as the Deygout model) to calculate the attenuation caused by diffraction. After the diffraction situation is determined, a user can analyze other parameters that determine the unavailability objectives established to meet the ITU-R quality standards of this link. For frequencies over 10 GHz, CellNetwork can calculate rain attenuation for each link and then analyze additional parameters.

The software utilizes link data, such as topography, morphology, images, equipment specifications, and climatic features of the region, to provide the results of performance of the link and compare results with the requirements established by ITU-R.

Users can consider basic types of channel arrangements found in radio transmission systems: co-polar, cross-polar, and co-channel. For each of these cases, CellNetwork determines the degradation caused by the interference on a useful channel. Finally, in performance calculations, users can include improvement factors due to the existence of counter measurement devices in the system, such as equalizers, coders, and diversities (space, frequency, and space and frequency).

Microwave links (bird's eye view and 3D) colored by frequency channel
Microwave links (bird's eye view and 3D) colored by frequency channel

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