In the newest release of iBwave Wi-Fi a new feature was introduced called the ‘Quick Connection Tool’. And if you often do the cabling in your designs, this is a feature you’re going to appreciate.Read More
There are many things we do within their software to maximize prediction accuracy and optimize the design of networks – 3D modeling, inclined surfaces, body loss modeling, etc – but one of the less talked about yet more powerful ways to maximize prediction results is by using the ‘Prediction Calibration’ feature in the software.Read More
Bring it CBRS, we are ready for you!
Or at least those who attended our recent webinar are : ) The recent discussion we had with Federated Wireless, SpiderCloud Wireless and Clear to Send have certainly given us a better picture of what CBRS is, how it may influence the wireless industry and what network design challenges it might bring.Read More
As one of the largest package delivery and logistics companies in the world, one of our newest iBwave customers came to us wondering how our software could improve their existing process for deploying and managing their many Wi-Fi networks across thousands of their facilities around the world.Read More
The topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) is more prevalent nowadays in online tech discussions and "trends this year" articles than ever before. Beyond the wearables and home automation devices out there, what is IoT in a B2B context and what are the most prevalent wireless networks that connect them?Read More
Warning: This blog contains 3D models that may cause you to whoop and holler.
There are a few capabilities that iBwave is well known for in the market, but certainly, one of the most stand-out capabilities is the 3D modeling that comes with the iBwave wireless network design software. And while we can all agree that the 3D models are awesome to look at, the real value behind why our customers use this feature for their network designs is because of the level of prediction accuracy it allows them to pass onto their customers and the network end users – and as a result, the time and cost savings that comes along with it. Plus yes, the 3D models certainly are a marketing feature for any of our customers in the bidding process, enabling them with a powerful and visual way display exactly how the network they've designed will perform in customer's venue.Read More
iBwave's Components Database is the Largest Database in the Wireless Industry Today
With over 28,000 components and materials and growing daily.
Those who design wireless networks with iBwave know that it's pure gold to be able to easily find the parts and materials you need from the online database of components, where the majority of wireless network components that exist, available there. But the value of the database is not only about the number of components and the simplicity of using them within the network designs - there is more to its glory!
The iBwave Components Database also allows you to create your own parts and materials, customize existing ones, limit parts availability to approved ones only, and since it exists separate from the design software - is updated regularly as new parts are available, or as our customers add new parts are added via our support team.
Sounds good, eh? Let's go through all the above mentioned in a bit more detail.Read More
A Twitter post popped up in my news feed last week showing a graph of the attenuation values for different types of glass – mainly the distinction between a regular glass window and a low emissions (Low E) window. It was showing that Low E windows have a much higher attenuation value than regular windows—a fact that could impact prediction of a network significantly if the incorrect type of window is selected during modeling.Read More
Forever on a quest to improve the accuracy of network predictions in our software, we recently released a new feature called "Body Loss Modeling." With Body Loss Modeling, you can now account for the attenuation caused by bodies packed into a tight space together in your design - most useful for high-density venues like stadiums, arenas, or conference centers.Read More
Dense Network Architecture - Why is it Important Now and Why Should You Care?Read More
In this week’s Feature Spotlight blog I look at how to generate an automatic Design Plan with iBwave Wi-Fi.
Why is this feature such a useful one?
A few different reasons but ultimately, this feature does three things:
1) Gives you a single place to view and update your entire network design
2) Eliminates the need to do this manually in Visio or Excel
3) Eliminates the risk of human error when creating it manuallyRead More
These days wireless technology is evolving at an exponential rate. New tech trends and gadgets enter the wireless market all the time. So, if you are an industry professional, in today’s dynamic tech environment simply getting a certification and staying put is not enough. To succeed you need to stay informed about the latest and greatest in the wireless world and invest in constant professional growth.
A nice way to stay on top of all the cool happenings in the wireless world is to follow leading industry professionals online, learn from their experiences and engage in discussions.
What's iBwave Release 10 About?
The newest release of iBwave Design 10 provides teams with everything they need in a software to design for new and emerging wireless technologies and tackle the challenge of designing for dense environments.Read More
It’s all about more and faster mobile data!
For the past decade, a mobile carrier’s prime focus has been on cellular coverage improvements to provide traditional mobile services to their subscribers - i.e., voice, SMS, and data services - anywhere, anytime. As 80% of mobile sessions happen indoors, there has been a major push for massive deployments of active/passive DAS systems inside major venues like airports, stadiums, enterprise campuses and hospitality venues since the early 2010s.Read More
Do you know about iBwave's acclaimed Annual Maintenance and Support program?
Among iBwave users, we are well known for the customer support we provide and the effort we put into listening to what our users' need and regularly delivering relevant and valuable product updates. Which is why the majority of our customers opt to participate in the iBwave Annual Maintenance and Support (AMS) program.
What is our AMS program?
AMS is a wide range of support services and resources that will help our customers get the most out of their investment in iBwave software and fast track their wireless designs.
Here is how AMS will get you there.
If you've ever used the iBwave software, you probably know that it is great for designing indoor wireless networks in complex venues. It enables you to streamline your projects, collaborate with your peers better and therefore do more lovely wireless projects better and faster!
With over 1,000 major operators, OEMs, system integrators and enterprises using iBwave worldwide, there are all sorts of venues around the world that got rocking wireless with iBwave solutions. Thousands of airports, subways, stadiums, malls, college & university campuses, enterprise campuses, hotels, hospitals and office buildings have all been designed over the last 13 years using iBwave.
Which antenna type is best for certain Wi-Fi environments?
As much as antenna placement is vital for the wireless network performance, so is the type of antenna used for the type of environment you're designing within.
There are tons of materials on antennas 'out there' and with Google, a couple of fingers and some spare time you can become a real antenna guru. But as we live in a crazy and fast-paced world not everyone has time for research. So we decided to help you to shortcut your way in choosing the right antenna!Read More
Designing a high performing wireless network is not easy.
Especially, when the end goal is a network that provides high-performance coverage & capacity, and won't need much troubleshooting and maintenance. This is even harder when you have limited time and budget to finish your Wi-Fi project within!
As an engineer, how many tables, cheat sheets, and references do you spend time looking up and using when designing your network? Ever find yourself looking up 20, 40, 80, 160 MHz channels, 802.11ac data rates, PoE types and power classes or 5 GHz U-NII bands and channels overview?Read More
Have you ever wondered what could be the impact of selecting a wrong wall material in a wireless design project? How about setting the floor plan scale a tad incorrectly or modeling a flat surface instead of an inclined surface? The answer is, seemingly small modeling errors can have huge impacts on network performances and project costs.
Learn how to avoid small errors that might lead to significant flaws. Join our next webinar with resident Wi-Fi expert, Vladan Jevremovic!Read More
It took us some time but here is the final installment of our follow-up posts on this webinar. This one is all about industry-related questions posted during the webinar.Read More
With iBwave Release 9 successfully launched we thought this is a great time to share the third installment of this post webinar blog series since this one is all about iBwave products.Read More
Over the last many months, we've been hard at work here at iBwave getting the next release of our various in-building wireless network design solutions ready to go. And we are delirious with excitement to let our customers, and the rest of the world, know that the newest release of our solutions are here.Read More
Guest Post by Dean Bubley, Disruptive AnalysisRead More
We are a few days late in posting our second installment but here it is. This week's topic is convergence. Our attendees had a lot of great questions about this topic and here are the answers by our experts.Read More
One of the most recognizable features of any iBwave network design software is the 3D modeling capabilities within it. And while the 3D aspect of the software looks great and helps many of our customers to impress their own customers in the bid process, the 3D modeling capabilities are about much more than just looking impressive. It’s part of our dedication to providing our customers with the best software to accurately predict network performance.Read More
We had an amazing webinar on “Wi-Fi Design Strategies in a Converged World”. Our guest speaker Ronald van Kleunen, CEO of Globeron did a great job discussing why it’s important to understand the impact of convergence while designing high‑performing Wi‑Fi networks and how different wireless technologies can work together.Read More
Given our ever-growing need for data in today’s world of smart cities, smart buildings and the Internet of Things, the need for fast, reliable connectivity indoors has never been greater. Especially when it comes to the Enterprise.Read More
There are many things that can throw off the results of a network’s performance prediction during the design phase of a wireless network deployment. Anything from setting the scale a little bit incorrectly, to using the wrong wall material type, to not knowing what is behind the venue's walls that may impact signal loss, to using flat surfaces where there are incline surfaces – and the list goes on and on. Needless to say, accurately predicting the performance of a network before it goes live, can be hard to do because so many different factors impact it.Read More
One of the key benefits that set us apart from cellular & Wi-Fi network planning and design software is the ability to model incline surfaces. But why is this such a benefit? In this blog, I take a look at the value of being able to model incline surfaces by diving into a mini-case study of a subway tunnel Wi-Fi network design showing the prediction results of a subway station using just a flat model, versus the prediction of the same subway using a model with incline surfaces. In it, you will see what a difference incline surfaces can make—both in performance and in cost.Read More
In May 2017 we went on a whirl wind of a User Group tour that took us to three different cities across the United States: New York, Dallas, and Newport Beach. In each user group we always like to hear from our users – what they are up to, the challenges they see out there in the field, and of course to share any stories and insights they have from all of that.Read More
Think you have a better punch line? Let us know in the comments...Read More
Documentation is a crucial part of most in-building wireless network design projects. So it makes sense then that one of the capabilities our customers tend to really like in iBwave products are the reports that come with it, the ease with which you can generate them and the different formats that they come in.Read More
Big plans for us next week, we are off to Washington D.C to one of the Wi-Fi industry’s largest conferences, Wi-Fi NOW in Washington D.C. Have you ever been to one? I was at the London show back in September and it was a really great way to meet new industry leaders, and learn all about all what is happening out there in the world of Wi-Fi. And while I won’t be there at this one next week, there are a few people from iBwave going and we would love to meet up with anyone else attending.Read More
Warning: this is pretty geeky.Read More
One of the features that always catches people’s eye when they see our software is the incredible 3D modeling that comes with it.Read More
I was just thinking the other day how it’s been a year now since we launched iBwave Wi-Fi, and what a fun and exceptional journey it has been. From our very first Wi-Fi event (for me that was CWNP conference in San Franciso), to getting to know those in the Wi-Fi community, to the exciting product releases we’ve had since, to where we are now.Read More
Awhile ago I became curious about some of the weirdest (coolest?) places are that Wi-Fi exists.Read More
Ever been frustrated trying to share files with someone working on the same wireless network design project as you? Or ever found that even once you get the files, information is missing or incorrect? Ever made this face trying to collaborate with someone on a project?Read More
And this month's joke is....
What's the Story?
NCR is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software,hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 650 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business.Utilizing NCR’s team of 17,000 service professionals, NCR Telecom & Technology(T&T) provides comprehensive services solutions encompassing consulting,field services, and remote management to the top telecommunications service providers and network equipment manufacturers across the globe.Read More
With the launch of iBwave Wi-Fi in March of last year, you've probably noticed we’ve been a lot more focused on Wi-Fi network design than in the past. And as part of that journey, some iBwavers have embarked on the CWNP certification journey – with our Director of Research, Vladan Jevromovic, receiving his CWNA certification last November. *applause* .Read More
To the women in wireless, and to all women around the world, Happy International Women’s Day!Read More
After going to a good handful of conferences over the last 6 or 7 months, there seem to be a few questions/comments we get a lot. And fair enough, we're still kind of the 'new guys' on the Wi-Fi block. So, I figure if we get asked these questions at the shows, maybe they are questions others are interested in as well....Read More
Andrew von Nagy, Wi-Fi Expert and Owner of Revolution Wi-Fi was the guest speaker at our very successful webinar on “Designing High Capacity Wi-Fi Network’s”. The webinar also featured a Demo of iBwave Wi-Fi’s Capacity Planning capabilities by Sr. Manager Technical Product Management Marc-Antoine Lamontagne. During the webinar we received a large number of questions from attendees, some of which Andrew and Marc-Antoine were was able to answer live. However, we did not have time to answer all of them. This week Marc Antoine and Vladan Jevremovic, Research Director, iBwave took some time to address some key questions asked during the webinar. Read on and let’s keep the discussion going.Read More
Where’s the Value?
As we march on with the continued development of our excellent Unity solution, there is one question that keeps coming up from customers: Where’s the value in your solution? It’s a standard question posed by any customer – and by the marketing and sales teams – because they want to know why anyone should shell out their capital for something that isn’t always tangible at first blush. Value isn’t easily defined, but equally importantly, defining value is a misleading question to ask.Read More
7 Best Practices
We just had a great series of webinars on a cure for your project management woes. It was fun and educational! (The dream scenario of every teacher and parent.) We covered some points of contention we face in the world of wireless network deployments. Not least of which are the dreaded “4 Pillars of the Project Apocalypse” – Software, Hardware, Regulations, and People!
OK, maybe apocalypse is a little strong, but wireless network deployment projects are really complex. So many interested parties, so many things to consider, so many things to organize and so little time. YRead More
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Short-Term and Long-Term ApproachesRead More
3, 2, 1… Launch Unity!
We just launched a totally redesigned product – Unity. I can’t help but think of that old marketing cliche “New & Improved” and the implied logical contradiction (how can something be both ‘new’ and ‘improved’ – it’s either / or). Yet this is one case where I have to say Unity is both new and improved. And it wasn’t an easy feat to pull off.Read More
Earlier this month we were in Toronto for our annual North American User Group. As always we had an action packed day planned with a panel discussion, interactive sessions, presentations and case studies. To top it all off, we lined up special sneak peeks into what’s coming in 2016 complete with live demos.Read More
In our most recent deep dive webinar, we took a detailed look at how we can design optimum networks for shopping mall environments.Read More
When I think of software, I often think of my dad. Despite being close to 80, he is well acquainted with software and hardware as he has been using mobile and smartphones, PCs and laptops for 20 years now. He even got an iPad and loves it. But he hates the rapid pace of change and the raft of new functionality and new designs that each successive wave of development brings. To get him to adopt a new UI or process, or a new piece of hardware is like pulling teeth.Read More
As of 2014, 934 stadiums worldwide have 30,000 or more seats: 228 in North America; 129 in Central and South America; 243 in Europe; 98 in Middle East and Africa; and 236 in the APAC region. The USA alone has 217 stadiums with 30,000 seats or more, and about two thirds of these are used primarily for American Football.Read More
From Donkeys to the Moon, we’ve tracked down 5 of the weirdest spots you will find Wi-Fi in this world (for now anyways).Read More
Most subway routes in core urban areas are located deep underground, where macro cellular coverage is non-existent. In big cities worldwide, hundreds of thousands of commuters depend on the subway (or Métro, MTR, MRT, U-bahn, Underground, etc.) on a daily basis. They need dedicated wireless networks to stay connected. First responders also need reliable public safety networks in subways stations and tunnels. Subway systems are one of the most challenging environments for wireless network design.Read More
A business campus is the home away from home to millions of busy professionals around the world who increasingly demand constant and seamless connectivity.Read More
As you know, it’s extremely challenging to provide a completely connected experience for thousands of fans packed into a stadium. So you can imagine the effort it took to upgrade the University of Phoenix stadium for this year’s Big Game. But 12.79TB* of data later, we know it was a record breaking success.Read More
It’s been over two years since we visited our friends in Colombia so it was about time we returned there. The Colombian ecosystem welcomed us with open arms – we had over 65 participants (double what we had when we visited in 2013) from many organizations, including some of the major Colombian mobile operators and all of the major OEMs. Colombia has over 48 million mobile subscribers keeping our ecosystem busy and on their toes so we had A LOT to talk about.Read More
Taking place in the historical landmark Dolce Hayes Mansion (this place is pretty neat – it once had its own power plant, post office and railroad station!) our San Jose seminar was a valuable get together with the wireless industry to talk about small cells and how iBwave can help to streamline in-building deployments.Read More
Today at Mobile World Congress, an important highlight for us is the presentation of Benoit Fleury, our VP Products & Innovation at the Small Cell Forum booth on the Latest Innovations and Successes in Streamlining Indoor Small Cells Planning.Read More
If we thought day 1 was busy, day 2 has been jam packed with a launch, giving a presentation, more meetings & demos and to top it all off, our In-building Mix & Mingle which brought together hundreds of people from the in-building industry.Read More
It's that time of year again. iBwave team members from all four corners of the world have packed up and headed to Barcelona for the busiest week in the mobile industry's calendar. Throughout the next few days we'll be posting daily blog entries with photos, video, and links to everything MWC. Keep checking back for updates and if you still can't get enough, make sure to follow us on Twitter as we live tweet our show highlights.Read More
By Vladan Jevremovic, PhD – Research Director at iBwaveRead More
2014 was once again a year marked with success for iBwave. After 14 seminars, including 2 in Mexico City and Lima, our team finished strong with a visit to Chile’s capital – and fifth largest city in South America: Santiago!Read More
Through its award-winning Mobile Planner platform, iBwave has developed a market enabler that uses mobile devices to facilitate RF data collection, network planning, documentation and other tasks done in the field, making it possible for complete small cells and Wi-Fi network designs to be created on-site.Read More
A través de Mobile Planner, iBwave ha desarrollado un facilitador de mercado que utiliza dispositivos móviles para hacer más sencilla la recolección de datos RF, la planificación de red, la documentación y la realización de otras tareas en el campo, haciendo así posible la creación completa de diseños de small cells y redes Wi-Fi in-situ.Read More
iBwave might be celebrating its 10-year anniversary but it has nevertheless experienced a series of exciting firsts this year.Read More
The wireless world might be fast-paced but it is also A LOT OF FUN and let’s be honest, nothing is more gratifying that to know that your technology can have a significant impact in the way people interact in their everyday life.Read More
Innovation and customer centricity have always been at the core of our strategy, and we at iBwave pride ourselves in challenging the status quo. This is reflected in the way we work, in the wide range of products and services that we introduce to the market and it’s also what ultimately led us to make some significant changes to our fourth Annual User Group.Read More
If you’ve been keeping up to date with Malmö’s music and cultural scenes, you’ve probably heard about Malmö Live: Malmö’s state-of-the-art conference, concert and hotel center that is due to open in the summer of 2015 and that will offer world-class acoustics and multiple stages for Malmö Symphony Orchestra. But did you know that iBwave was a key player in the project?Read More
Don’t you sometimes wish that you could slow down the hands of time? It is already been over a week since our last seminar at Le Meridien in Kuala Lumpur , Hari Merdeka has now come and gone and Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 (where our Director of Sales Engineering, Jalal Berrahou, is scheduled to participate as a panelist in the “Revenue Generation: Maximizing Returns for Your Venue or Sporting Event” session) is a mere few weeks away!Read More
If there is no denying that our industry is evolving very rapidly, one thing has nonetheless remained constant over the years – the legendary hospitality and friendliness that one can expect from the Latin America wireless ecosystem. So it is hard to believe that two years had already gone by since our first seminar in Mexico City which, despite the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck off the country at the time of our visit, turned out to be extremely productive and enjoyable.Read More
Si bien no podemos negar que nuestra industria ha evolucionado rápidamente, hay algo que ha permanecido constante a través de los años – la legendaria hospitalidad y amistad que uno puede esperar del ecosistema inalámbrico de Latinoamérica. Por eso mismo, es difícil creer que ya han pasado dos años desde nuestro primer seminario en la Ciudad de México, el cual, a pesar del terremoto de intensidad 7,4 que azotó al país durante nuestra visita, resultó ser altamente productivo y agradable.Read More
So, our 2014 annual party in Las Vegas is now officially over and one thing that we can say for sure is that we had a ton of fun! We hope you enjoyed it too!Read More
As is often the case, the return of the warm, sunny days of summer signals the beginning of the tradeshow season, and what better way to kick it off than with a trip to the “City Beautiful” (aka Orlando, Florida)?Read More
The Asia Pacific market has been very active, and so have we! After the extremely productive Small Cells Asia Summit last April and the equally successful iBwave In-Building Seminar that followed, we decided to once again return to Singapore which, this time, was playing host to CommunicAsia 2014.Read More
Who says that you have to be indoors to talk about in-building connectivity?Read More
Singapore has always been characterized by its technological dynamism and creativity, and if it has long served as a business and finance center in Southeast Asia, it is also iBwave’s most dynamic market in the APAC region. It is therefore with a lot of trepidation that our top executive team from Headquarters traveled to the Lion City (or is it the Garden City? the Fine City? Anyway, I digress) to:Read More
The Philippines indoor wireless market has been growing tremendously in recent months with the country’s major operators racing to get LTE service to major urban areas by the end of 2014. This, paired with our growing customer base in the region made it a necessary stop on our 2014 seminars tour.Read More
Small cell technology has been a hot topic for the past few years. There is virtually unanimous agreement among industry experts that this is the wave of the future for the wireless industry. AT&T’s forecast, for example, predicts that in 2014, small cell deployments will outnumber distributed antenna system (DAS) deployments by a 40-to-1 ratio. Figure 1 presents a relative comparison of small cell growth over other options for managing the predicted data onslaught. All this points to a bright future for small cells, but there are technical challenges that must be faced in order to implement large-scale, small cell integration into 4G mobile networks. Fortunately, technological advancements, such as heterogeneous networks (HetNets) and self-organizing networks (SONs), will enable universal small cell deployments.Read More
Did you know that 20 of the world's 100 tallest buildings are in the United Arab Emirates? It is not surprising, then, that our iBwave team decided to return, once again, to the Arabian Peninsula where they have an established presence in one of the fastest-growing in-building markets, to host a series of seminars focusing on the latest in-building wireless network challenges, particularly for large structures and high-rise buildings…Read More
Did you ever think the day would come when you could plan and design small cell networks, right on-site, simply with your smartphone or tablet?Read More
Raising awareness on the importance of indoor public safety communications is definitely a growing trend in the wireless industry.Read More
We finally got a little break and were able to explore the show floor on day four. What we found was funny, crazy and even beautiful!Read More
Day 3 has yet again been packed with meetings, making new friends, and getting together with truly amazing people from the industry.Read More
Day 2 has come and gone and it’s crazy to think MWC is already half over. As we get into the belly of the show, the meetings and demos are in full swing.Read More
Building an urban small cell future from the ground up.
The arrival of Small Cell Forum’s Release Three: Urban Foundations is significant. This latest output of ten new and seven revised documents builds on the important work of earlier releases and introduces impressive and wide-ranging new material.Read More
It's that time of year again! We made it to Barcelona and we're ready for a week light on sleep and heavy on announcements, innovation, meetings and new knowledge. Not to mention delicious Spanish wine and tapas. And what better way to get into a Barcelona state of mind, than to start the week off with a little photo tour of the city.Read More
Originally published in the Small Cell Forum blog, available here:Read More
Q: How many in-building professionals does it take to discuss indoor wireless networks in the Big Apple?
A: 80+ according to the count at our latest and greatest in-building seminar in NYC on Wednesday, February 12.
Although the day is split into two tracks, a morning introductory track and an afternoon more advanced track, the theme of the day really focused around vertical markets, including architecture/real estate, hospitality, public safety and transportation. Speaking of public safety, here’s Scott with a clever shot while walking to the seminar.Read More
- Seahawks or Broncos t-shirt
- Game day tailgate refreshments
- Ticket that is worth more than your monthly car payment (unless you were lucky enough to be invited by someone else!)
- Network connection for live tweeting, Instagram selfies and instant replay streaming
Whether or not you’ll be watching the Big Game this Sunday directly from the MetLife Stadium (leave us a comment if you’ll be working there!) or, more likely, from the comfort of your living room, us in-building geeks will definitely be thinking about more than the final score throughout the pre-game, first kickoff, halftime show and winning goal. The major US operators and their subcontractors have been working tirelessly for months to ensure a 1st class wireless fan experience during the game but come game day, anything can happen. Remember the power outage at last year’s game?Read More
Season’s greetings to all of our blog followers!
We have prepared an Indoor Holiday Tale just for you. Click on the image below to read it. Best wishes for the holiday season and a very happy New Year from the entire iBwave team.Read More
Today, iBwave is proud to celebrate ten years of in-building. In the past decade, the company has gone from being a two-man operation offering a single product to having employees all over the world and more than 500 customers in 80 countries as well as offering a well-rounded product suite.Read More
iBwave was in India this week for the India Telecoms trade show as well as a very successful first in-building seminar, held in New Delhi on December 4. The seminar was held at the beautiful Oberoi Gurgaon Hotel. The service was exceptional as staff were ready to serve our guests with fresh baking as they arrived.Read More
The Small Cell Forum has launched Release Two: Enterprise – a major technical and business case release to help operators unlock the commercial potential of small cell deployments in the enterprise. Based on the requirements of its operator members, the Small Cell Forum – the only independent operator & industry organisation supporting small cell deployment worldwide – has produced a comprehensive package including 25 new or completely revised documents to help overcome barriers to small cell deployment in the enterprise.Read More
Buenos dias from Buenos Aires!Read More
The iBwave CALA team was enthusiastic for another Futurecom, after experiencing a highly successful show last year. What was less expected was the security threat level in Rio as our team arrived on the very same day that Brazil was auctioning the exploration rights for the Libra oil field. What more? We were staying at the same hotel as the government officials conducting Libra’s oil exploration auction, implying we had to sneak in through the back door of the hotel to avoid riot squads. Our brave CALA Sales Manager, Espy Hughes-Johnson, still managed to sneak in a photo with the riot squad later in the day though.Read More
At Axell Wireless, we work with customers all over the world, in such a huge variety of different environments and scenarios. But there is one thing that unites all of our projects: the importance of good wireless network design. After all, what is the point in deploying equipment that is world-leading, if the network design doesn’t stack up?Read More
Since 2009, we have been elevating and standardizing the level of proficiency among our users through the iBwave Certification Program, all the while sharing best practices for deploying indoor wireless systems, from simple designs to the most challenging of environments. See how far the program has come!Read More
Fall is always a busy season for trade shows, conferences and other industry events. We have back to back events in October – the highlights of which will all be posted here.Read More
Tune in as Seth Buechley, President at SOLiD Technologies and Ted Erb, a consultant for the Bellevue Washington Fire Department discuss the importance and implications of optimal public safety communication networks inside buildings.Read More
The Four Season Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre played host to our first in-building seminar in Saudi Arabia. We received 37 members of the Saudi in-building ecosystem and were delighted to share our industry knowledge with them as well as hear about their challenges.Read More
Our GOT COVERAGE? photo contest ran from May 20 to July 19. We received many great entries featuring RF engineers, babies & kids, pets, landmarks, offices and iBwave software conveniently placed in the background of some shots – not to mention the HAT of course! Thanks to all who participated by sending photos or voting! And now… the winners!Read More
Things have changed since this photo was taken in 1904, showcasing NYC’s first subway riders.Read More
As iBwave continues to grow with new team members each month, the Montreal HQ office has been running low on space. With that came the decision to move the marketing team to a new suite. When we first saw the place, a few of us needed a bit more convincing to get excited about the move.Read More
Joe Dans, host of the Creativity and Technology for Business and Life, invites Vladan Jevremovic PhD, Director of Engineering Solutions at iBwave to discuss his view on the future of the wireless industry.Read More
iBwave is on the go again and this time we’re touring Southeast Asia. With in-building seminars in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and customer visits in between, the team is keeping busy and learning lots about this interesting and expanding region. We’re handing out a few iBwave hats along the way too! The team consists of Handrianto Soelistyo our Sales Manager for the region; Allan Arguil, Sales Engineer based out of the Philippines; Dominique Gauthier, iBwave’s CTO; and Michel Trudelle, Director of Sales for APAC – all pictured below. We also have Peter Thalmeir, Director of Sales Engineering for EMEA and APAC; Sunder Arumugam, Sales Engineer based out of India and Manon Mayer, Coordinator – pictured further down.Read More
As Singapore played host to the 24th edition of CommunicAsia, we took the opportunity to gather the in-building and telecommunications community for a rooftop networking session. Co-hosted with Axell Wireless and Mentum (now a part of InfoVista), the cocktail was held at the hip Orgo Bar & Lab‘s rooftop terrace, facing the grandiose Marina Bay Sands, the Marina Bay and with views of the Singapore skyline.Read More
The iBwave troupe set off for another trip last week – this time across Canada’s prairies, over the Canadian Rockies and right to the beaches of the West coast. The trip began with a meeting at the Sasktel offices in Regina, Saskatchewan. Scott Pereira, iBwave’s Director of Sales Engineering and Julie Marquis, who manages iBwave’s Canadian accounts, stopped to capture the moment in downtown Regina.Read More
Distributed antenna systems (DAS) have been one of the fastest-growing types of cellular infrastructure for the past 15 years. In the late 1990’s, DAS were initially deployed inside public venues to replace less efficient technologies such as Cell on Wheels (COW). One of the earliest DAS deployments was at the Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida in 1999 where it was first used during the Orange Bowl and later for Super Bowl XXXIII. As mobile networks and devices have matured, DAS scope and design requirements have evolved from voice-only coverage to network capacity enhancements for voice and data-heavy applications, which require different data rates with different S/N values. With today’s 3G and 4G networks, DAS coverage consists of concentric coverage contours for voice and specific data rates, and as a rule of thumb, the higher the data rate, the smaller the coverage. Uplink coverage is still often neglected in the design process because in the past, most of the data intensive traffic such as video streaming occurred on the downlink. But the times are a changing. Nowadays, uplink data traffic at major events such as the Super Bowl is actually higher than the downlink, due to users uploading large amounts of pictures and videos on social networking sites. As 4G uplink data coverage becomes more and more important, it becomes obvious that voice-only RF design requirements that were sufficient for 2G DAS are not sufficient for today’s data demanding users.Read More
The great city of New York played host to last week’s In-Building Wireless Conference, hosted by the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Forum. Members of the in-building ecosystem gathered at the beautiful Helen Mills event space in the heart of NYC’s fashion district to get to the core some key vertical markets for the in-building industry.Read More
Our annual trip to Las Vegas for the DAS & Small Cells Congress, iBwave User Group and iBwave party of the year was the best yet this time around! This year’s party was at the Hyde Bellagio Nightclub – an awesome venue with front row seats to the Bellagio fountain show. The staff was great, the food was delicious and the company made for a memorable evening. Thanks to all who attended!Read More
Our annual user group in Las Vegas is always an event to look forward to. We value the occasion to get together with our clients and gather their feedback in order to make our products better. This year’s User Group was no exception. The event started on the pre-conference workshop day for the DAS & Small Cells Congress and took place at the Planet Hollywood, just down the hall from the DAS & Small Cells Congress, making it convenient for many of our clients who attend both events.Read More
It was a big week for the DAS industry! The DAS Forum hosted its annual DAS in Action conference and tradeshow – and this year it was in New Orleans. The biggest news is that we will now be referring to the DAS Forum as the HetNet Forum. The press release announcing this change explains the name change as a reflection of the group’s “increasingly diverse membership and its focus on advancing the variety of small cell solutions—distributed antenna systems (DAS), microcells, picocells, Wi-Fi and remote radio units—that use licensed and unlicensed spectrum to link to the macrocellular network.”Read More
The cell phone is 40 today! To celebrate its birthday, we want to hear about your first cell phone – post a photo and a story on our Facebook page. The iBwave marketing team got the ball rolling and took a moment to ponder their own personal cell phone history. Here’s what came out of the conversation:Read More
Mobile World Congress may be long gone, but the media coverage from that show is still coming in! In this interview with Telecom TV‘s Ian Scales, iBwave President & CEO Mario Bouchard discusses how iBwave Design simulates a building interior from a radio propagation point of view and then evaluates the different electronic solutions on cost and effectiveness.Read More
The Day 3 blog post is focusing on last night’s iBwave cocktail, the highlight of the week! Well, for us, at least. We began by distributing iBwave hats to all of the catering staff who wore them the whole night as they tended the bar and passed out hors d’oeuvres. Thanks to our super catering company, Prats Fatjo for the friendly and professional service.Read More
With all of the momentum in Latin America’s in-building market, we decided to plan a continental tour in order to meet with as many people as possible and really get the market’s true pulse. Our tour bus:Read More
Almost half the population of the earth now uses mobile communications. A billion mobile subscribers were added in the last 4 years to leave the total standing at 3.2 billion, the 4 billion mark is expected to be passed in 2018 and in the same year the number of connections is expected to pass 10 billion (source: GSMA’s Mobile Economy 2013 Report). Mobile World Congress is where the global leaders of this massive industry convene aka the biggest wireless event in the world. After many weeks of preparation, we are ready for the big week.Read More
Ok, let’s set the scene: It’s February 14. In Paris. At an iBwave in-building seminar. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide.Read More
Last Thursday, our friends at the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Forum hosted the Philadelphia in-building community for the first of their famous happy hour socials in this region. The gathering took place at Market Street’s Revolution House. Spirits were high and the conversation flowed into the evening – overall a great gathering for the ecosystem!Read More
UMTS data rates evolved over the years from 3.6 Mb/s in 2005 (HSPA), to 21.1 Mb/s in 2008 (HSPA+) and finally to 84.4 Mb/s in 2010 (HSPA++). The 84.4 Mb/s data rate is very similar to data rates that can be achieved using LTE technology under the same circumstances (10 MHz RF channel, 2×2 MIMO). When in 2009 Verizon Wireless announced the plan to migrate to 3GPP and deploy LTE in 2010, a lively debate ensued among the incumbent North American 3GPP operators. The topic was whether higher data rates should be achieved via migration to HSPA+ and HSPA++, or if imminent migration to LTE is warranted.Read More
Nous étions ravis de recevoir l’écosystème in-building de Montréal hier pour notre évènement célébrant le début du temps des fêtes.
L’après midi a débuté avec des présentations sur l’évolution des produits iBwave, incluant la modélisation et la prédiction dans iBwave Design. Un panel “rapid fire” sur le futur de l’industrie in-building canadien a suivi – avec des discussions très intéressantes ! Puis, nous avons procédé au tirage de nos 10 premières tuques pour notre nouvelle initiative GOT COVERAGE?
Finalement, le groupe a profité d’un 5 à 7. Merci à tous ceux qui étaient présents !
We were delighted to host Montreal’s in-building ecosystem yesterday for our event highlighting the beginning of the holiday season.
The afternoon kicked off with some presentations on the iBwave product suite evolution, including modeling and prediction in iBwave Design. A “rapid fire” panel ensued, with questions on the future of the Canadian in-building industry and some very interesting discussions! We then did a draw for the first 10 hats of our new GOT COVERAGE? initiative.
Finally, the group took advantage of a cocktail hour. Thanks to all who were present!
How’s the network coverage in your part of the world? What about when you travel for work? Or when you go on vacation? We want to know! Actually, we want to see!Read More
Representatives from the entire telecoms industry gathered last week in Chicago for the annual 4G World exhibition and conference. As the week went on, two dominant trends emerged from the four day conference: small cells and Wi-Fi. For a show that was previously dominated by talks of towers and rooftops, these two trends show a clear shift in the industry from outdoors to indoors. The wireless industry seems to have accepted the fact that over 80% of mobile traffic now occurs indoors and that everyone needs to focus their attention on meeting that demand. Haig Sarkissian from Wireless 20/20 struck a chord at the “4G Network Evolution HetNet and Small Cells” Session when he said “If 80% of traffic is indoors, then 80% of investments should be made toward in-building solutions.” Going back to small cells and Wi-Fi, these generated very interesting discussions, especially since they are two technologies that were previously thought to compete against one another. Read on below…Read More
Last nights 4G In-Building Cocktail was the place to be for the in-building community. Sandy tried to ruin it by grounding everyone on the east coast but she didnt succeed! We had a good turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves.Read More
Ni hao! iBwave is in China this week!Read More
There were some new faces walking the halls of iBwave headquarters in late August as our Training and Certification team hosted a Level 2 Certification session in the office: an iBwave first! RF Professionals from some of Canada's tier-1 wireless operators, came to continue their in-building design education and specifically learn about iBwave Design's modules: Propagation, Optimization and Collection.Read More
What were the main challenges of designing the wireless networks London 2012? Find out in this new article by Above Ground Level Magazine, featuring iBwave’s CTO, Dominique Gauthier.Read More
After the great success of the NYC DAS & Small Cell Forum Kick-off party in June, we were excited to hear that a similar event was being held in Boston on August 29. So excited that five people from iBwave decided to attend, three of which are based in Montreal. Three iBwavers traveling to Boston together… naturally, that spells “road trip”. So Mario Bouchard, President and CEO; Nathalie Robitaille, Vice-President of Marketing and Marc-Antoine Lamontagne, Product Manager got some snacks together, made a few road worthy playlists and brushed up on their car games for their drive.Read More
Mario Bouchard, President and CEO at iBwave and Simon Saunders, Founder of Real Wireless Consultancy recently sat down with Rachel Ramsey of TMCnet to discuss the challenges of designing wireless networks for high profile events such as London 2012. Read the full article here!Read More
The Super Bowl, the Euro Cup, London 2012: the list of global sporting events goes on. These events and the venues that host them are facing interesting challenges in order to support the customer demand for wireless data capacity.Read More
iBwave hosted an in-building seminar focused on stadium design today in Amsterdam. And what better place to host a seminar on stadiums than in the colossal Amsterdam Arena! We were set up in the arena’s Panorama Lounge, an exclusive box featuring a 180 degree view of the stadium, where we received 35 of our industry peers for the day.Read More
The newly formed NYC DAS & Small Cell Forum brought together the NYC area’s in-building industry professionals last night at their official kick off social. OEM’s, SI’s and Operators were all well represented and iBwave was there too. The rooftop cocktail, held at the iconic 280 Park Avenue South, was a great opportunity for the forum’s founding members to network while taking in the Manhattan skyline.Read More
by Vladan Jevremovic, PhD, Director of Engineering Solutions, iBwaveRead More
We hosted our second annual Las Vegas party last night at the fabulous Château South Terrace, under the bright lights of the Eiffel Tower. With 150 fine-looking guests, the party was at full capacity early in the night, which set a great mood early on. The weather was hot but the dessert breeze kept guests relaxed. The comfort food menu proved to be a big hit, with Château's special Mac n Cheese being the talk of the buffet table. The drinks were flowing, as were the conversations. During conversation breaks, guests enjoyed the jazzy music, strip views and the Bellagio fountain show. Overall, the party was a big success and we can't wait to host the next one. We just hope everyone saved some energy for today's User Group. Stay tuned for more on that.Read More
Modern wireless high-speed data networks use tightly grouped channels and complex modulation schemes to enable transmitting vast amounts of data. This in association with ultra-sensitive receivers may face unanticipated but serious capacity losses if the network is disturbed by Passive Intermodulation or PIM for short. Generally, modulating RF signals is necessary to transport information, but arbitrary passive intermodulation can significantly impact RF signal performance. Unfortunately, PIM can happen whenever more than one signal is channeled through one RF path. As a result, we may see unwanted non-linear frequency responses of passive components including connectors and cable feeds. These components start acting like mixers, modulators and frequency multipliers creating unwanted spurious products.Read More
It's time for Wi-Fi and DAS co-existence – that was the popular consensus during the two-day DAS in Action forum that took place from April 10 to 11 in Atlanta, Georgia. The DAS Forum organizers say this year's attendance increased by 85 percent, a result attributed to the growing role distributed antenna systems play in North American network deployments.Read More
Everyone requires wireless signal indoors, but providing this essential service is complex. iBwave helps the ecosystem complete tasks in a very basic way.Read More
Care for some Cava anyone? That’s what many MWC-goers, including the team from iBwave, had on their minds after spending a busy four days in Barcelona, browsing the numerous aisles filled with new apps, tablets and accessories at Mobile World Congress. This year, the international event brought in a record 67,000 visitors, and with it, some great opportunities for networking with industry peers.Read More
Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering in the mobile industry, globally attracting leading mobile operators, equipment providers, wireless application developers, internet companies, entertainment organizations, and of course, media. Thank you to the journalists who dropped by our booth, to learn a little bit more about iBwave. Here are some snapshots from interviews done with iBwave’s CEO, Mario Bouchard.Read More
Mobile World Congress visitors got a sneak peak of iBwave’s end of March release — iBwave Mobile. Our Global Sales Engineering Director, Scott Pereira, wowed the audience with a live demo of the upcoming launch.Read More
As Mobile World Congress 2012 came to a close, the final exhibitions only got more interesting! While we walked the aisles, innovation could be seen everywhere. New apps presented by Intel and Samsung were a must-see.Read More
Ascom demonstrates at Mobile World Congress 2012 how their collection tools (mobile network testing solutions), Ascom TEMS, enables seamless integration in iBwave Design flagship software.Read More
With the highest authorities of the country of Spain, we caught the arrival of Prince Felipe de Borbon at the Mobile World Congress.Read More
iBwave’s first day at Mobile World Congress 2012 (February 27, 2012).Read More
Arrival at Mobile World Congress 2012 in BarcelonaRead More
Millions of viewers tuned in to last night’s Super Bowl, which was hosted in Indianapolis this year. But there were also 70,000 fans inside the Lucas Oil Stadium, many of whom were equipped with smartphones, wanting the ultimate sporting experience by streaming live video, making instant updates on social media, using apps for player stats, venue maps, and much more.Read More
Traffic classification, or differentiation, means creating different traffic groups based on the service quality needs of the generated traffic. Traffic classification is mainly used for charging purposes. Network providers want to charge users based on the service they are consuming from their networks. Users usually subscribe to the traffic class(es) through their service level agreement (SLA) made at the time of their service subscription.Read More