ASSET Backhaul (previously known as CONNECT) is a wireless backhaul network planning tool. It provides microwave link planning, path profiling, frequency and interference analysis and routing and capacity optimization. This complete backhaul network planning solution covers all wireless backhaul technologies, including point-to-multipoint, non-line-of-sight and micro and millimeter wave radio support, and is ideally suited to small cell backhaul planning. For 2016, Analysys Mason again ranked TEOCO as the largest vendor of network planning and optimization software.
ASSET Backhaul is part of the TEOCO planning portfolio, a set of tightly integrated tools to make the entire planning process as seamless as possible. The other products in the portfolio include ASSET (radio planning), ASSET Design (automated network design), ASSET Geo (geo-located traffic maps) and ASSET Capacity (capacity planning).
ASSET Backhaul provides a complete backhaul planning solution for microwave, optical, satellite and copper links. Support is provided for SDH, PDH, Ethernet / IP and Hybrid radios, both TDD and FDD, to support backhaul for multiple RAN technologies, including LTE.
GIS – MAP VIEW
At the heart of ASSET Backhaul is a GIS designed specifically for backhaul network planners. It features a comprehensive display and layering functionality, including the ability to display web Maps, full MapInfo support, and KML export to Google earth.
Path Profiler provides multipath fading and reflection analysis based on the latest ITU recommendations for microwave links, with support for up to 6 Fresnel zones. Clearance calculations take ground height, clutter type and height and building vectors and rasters into account to provide accurate profile analysis.
ROUTING AND CAPACITY OPTIMIZATION
With ASSET Backhaul, multiple RAN technologies can be routed across the same physical links. User-defined constraints are considered, and capacity bottlenecks flagged during routing. Capacity planning can be based on actual or simulated user traffic, allowing accurate ‘what-if’ scenarios to be run.
FREQUENCY AND INTERFERENCE ANALYSIS
Interference analysis can be performed on an area, a filter or a single link. Results provide the best polarization and channel settings per link. Support for Adaptive Modulation and Coding (AMC) techniques help save spectrum or increase throughputs while minimizing overall interference.
EQUIPMENT AND LINK DATABASE
The equipment database holds the parameters of all antennas and radios. The link database contains the parameters for all links, as well as a view of the expected performance of each link. A chain wizard allows the end-to-end link performance over a number of hops to be calculated.
Cost analysis enables budget forecasts for different planning scenarios to be calculated, including the ROI for network deployment. The CAPEX and OPEX of links can also be generated to aid financial planning.
SECURITY AND MULTI-USER ACCESS
Excellent security provides a true multi-user environment for large-scale corporate deployments. Privileges may be specified to manage individual and group access.
The ASSET Backhaul database is shared across multiple users and sites. A current view of the network is always available without needing to manually synchronize.
ASSET Backhaul is tightly integrated with ASSET, providing the ability to use ASSET’s Carried Traffic Analysis as an input for backhaul routing and capacity analysis. Integrated site and equipment databases, as well as a shared GIS for simultaneous visualization of sites and links, allows for enhanced productivity.