Roll Your Own Mobile Network


I should have paid more attention to my prof when I was learning about radio systems. It seems to me that there was just too much to learn and, at the time, fiber was the leading technology. So it was with great interest that I heard that a radio system simulator was being released for free. A UK company, Actix, announced this last week. Actix you get a silver star for doing that! Normally they spend their time doing network optimization and performance engineering systems for all those frazzled wireless carriers trying to squeeze a few more bucks out of the ever more complex infrastructure.

What flavor do you want?

Actix has a number of products and they have released the student version of their Radiowave Propagation Simulator (RPS) which can model WLAN, WIMAX, Mesh, UMTS, CDMA2000, and LTE. Maybe all those G-Block spectrum guys could do a network on the cheap?

Get the software

I managed to give it a bit of a go over the weekend and it seems interesting. If you have to do RF modeling at work it may be too limited for you, but for the rest of us we can fritter away a few hours and be forced into learning all that stuff we should have remembered about RF. It does a host of things and even connects to Matlab—those guys at the Indeterminate Math Society will be proud of me. You can get the software here. You will need to provide some personal details.

Perhaps they could convert it into Mobile Carrier Tycoon? Oh, and a note to Actix; your website look like a corporate version of Myst.

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