CellWireless™

CellWireless: New Generation Scanner and Spectrum Analyzer

With Celplan's powerful CellWireless™ solution you get three functions in one device: Technology Scanner, Spectrum Analyzer and I/Q Digitizer.

CellWireless is comprised of the CellDigitizer™ hardware and the CellScanner™ and CellSpectrum™ software.

Need 5G NR drive test measurements? We've got you covered!

CellWireless Scanner and Specrum Analyzer solution

The hardware: CellDigitizer

Celplan’s CellDigitizer is a versatile Software-Defined Radio Receiver that samples and digitizes up to 125 MHz of spectrum at a time, from 9 kHz to 40 GHz.

The same device can be configured as a  GSM, UMTS, LTE and 5G NR signal scanner, as a spectrum analyzer or an I/Q Digitizer.

The software: CellScanner and CellSpectrum

With CellScanner,  RF engineers can easily perform drive tests to collect and analyze signal measurements from 5G NR, LTE, UMTS and GSM cells on air,  which is a key part of the RF optimization process.

Cellspectrum, on the other hand, allows operators to observe the radio environment. Extremely useful to perform spectrum clearance or to find nasty external interference.

Celplan’s software allows to collect data in multiple formats, compatible with today’s postprocessing tools: TEMS Discovery, Nemo Analyze, Windcatcher, Gladiator and others!

CellScanner

Main features

CellDigitizer

  • Frequency options

    Three options available: CW18 (10KHz to 18GHz), CW27 (10 KHz to 27GHz) and CW40 (10 KHz to 40GHz)

  • Hardware

    Radio: ThinkRF R5500. 125 MHz bandwidth, 125 Msamples/s, 14 bits.
    GPS: Garmin 18x USB 2.0 (WAAS)
    Antenna: AC005. Horizontal, vertical and circular polarization.

  • Other features

    Geo referenced recording
    Multiband contiguous/non-contiguous I/Q storage
    Exclusive Data File compression (CelZip)
    Automatic front-end gain/attenuation control

CellScanner

  • Technologies & Bands

    Supports GSM, UMTS, LTE and 5G NR technologies.
    All 3GPP bands
    No license requirement for individual bands

  • Available measurements (per channel)

    5G NR: PCI, RSRP, RSSI, RSRQ, CINR, Layer3 (MSI), MIMO rank LTE: PCI, RSRP, RSSI, RSRQ, CINR, Average Noise Power, Load(%), Layer3 (MIB/SIB), MIMO rank
    UMTS: PSC, RSSI, RSCP, Ec/Io, Delay Spread, SIR, Time Offset
    GSM: BSIC, RSSI, C/I, BER, SI Information (L3)

  • Other features

    Automatic channel scanning and detection
    Unlimited contiguous and noncontiguous multiband scan
    Non-standard frequency input
    Multiple reports generation
    Multiview visualization with map background Export to Legacy Tools (Plain text, Nemo format (.nmf), Gladiator, other)

CellSpectrum

  • Range

    Scan range from 0.01 to 40GHz
    Multi Gigahertz per scan
    Unlimited contiguous and noncontiguous multiband scan

  • Versatility

    Allows live and playback scanning.
    All measurements are georeferenced
    Simultaneous spectogram capture.

  • Other features

    Export to legacy tools (Plain text, Gladiator, other)

Do we really need a scanner?

If test UEs allow to perform drive test measurements of signal strength and signal-to-noise ratio, then why should we use a scanner?

The answer is that commercial mobile terminals have limitations in assessing RF conditions.

On the other hand, scanners such as CellDigitizer are designed specifically for RF measurements, providing information that exceeds the capabilities of commercial mobiles

Scanner Test Terminal
Measures all selected channels (frequencies)
Measures the channel where the mobile is camped or connected. It only measures different frequencies under certain conditions and does not do so continuously.
High dynamic range. Presence of dominant cells does not affect the ability to detect weak cells.
Lower dynamic range.
Typical precision of ± 1 dB
Typical precision of ± 4.5 dB (± 9dB in “extreme conditions”)
High measurement speed (> 40 channels/second).
Lower measurement speed.
Measurements are network independent.
Measurements depend on network configuration. Logical parameters not configured correctly can prevent measuring cells that are actually on service.
Check out an interesting article from Ekspresa’s RF team regarding this topic.

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